China seeks to enhance its cooperation with Spain within the G-20 framework and in trade, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said to Spanish President Jose Luis Rodriquez Zapatero during a telephone conversation, Xinhua News says. In the call, Wen also urged for international cooperation, which he said is key to overcoming the effects of the global economic crisis. China also seeks enhanced bilateral cooperation with Angola, particularly in the areas of project development, personnel training and trade.

Chinese and Swedish bilateral ties are close and constructive, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt said, according to Xinhua News. Bildt, who was speaking from Stockholm, added that Sweden is committed to further enhancing its cooperation with China through intensified bilateral interactions and constructive dialogue.

Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang urged developed countries to help the developing world achieve a green economy through technology transfers, market liberalization and financing assistance, among other measures. International cooperation on climate change and green growth issues is important to the recovery of the world’s economy as well as the sustainable development of China, Li in an energy and low-carbon conference held in Beijing.

The government allocated an additional 200 million Chinese yuan (USD29.3 million) to earthquake relief operations in Qinghai, Xinhua News reports. The new funds add to the 500 million Chinese yuan that the government already earmarked for earthquake relief. The funds will be used to support the resettlement of earthquake survivors, subsidize daily needs, provide medical care, address possible epidemics, repair infrastructure, and reopen schools in the province.

The Chinese government also launched a level-four emergency response to address the needs of more than 2.55 million people affected by the heavy rains sweeping China’s southern provinces. Local authorities in Guangdong, Sichuan, Guizhou and other southern provinces were ordered to closely monitor the storms’ development and provide early warnings to prevent disasters.

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