May 11, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] China and the United Kingdom have issued a joint statement setting out plans for developing co-operation between the two countries on areas that include renewable energy developments. The Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, H.E. Wen Jiabao and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Rt Hon Tony Blair MP, held talks in London on 10 May 2004 during Premier Wen Jiabao’s official visit to the UK. The two sides stated an agreement to share scientific and economic experience to take forward China’s and UK’s efforts to achieve a low carbon economy and sustainable development, and to accelerate and develop the global market for climate friendly technologies, including through the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership. The countries stated they are both ready to share information and to promote joint activities in the fields of energy sector governance, energy efficiency and the use of renewable sources of energy. Both China and UK attached importance to sustainable, global energy security and to mitigating, and where possible reversing, the effects of climate change.