China should cut barriers to clean technology, says Paulson

US treasury secretary Henry Paulson urged China on Thursday to drop tariffs on environmental technology, saying trade barriers are hindering efforts to improve energy efficiency and the environment.

"In China, I hear from government officials about the need for US technology to help clean up China’s rivers and control pollution from
China’s many smoke stacks," Bloomberg reported Paulson as saying in Beijing, "but that technology can be expensive in part due to tariffs and non-tariff barriers. We have a shared interest in resolving these dilemmas, and we can solve them.”

Paulson said imported water membrane technology could help to reduce river pollution from power plants.

He said both countries face similar problems: reducing dependence on foreign oil, preserving the environment and ensuring clean and safe water, Bloomberg reported.

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