IEA has established an in-depth bilateral co-operation with China with wide range of topics including energy security, energy statistics, energy markets (coal, oil, gas, renewables, and energy efficiency), implementation agreements, energy technology in cleaner coal and CCS, industry, buildings, and transportation. China and the IEA concluded a “Memorandum of Policy Understanding in the Field of Energy” in 1996 to assist China in its transition to a more-sustainable energy economy and to provide a greater understanding of China’s energy system. The relationship between China and the IEA has strengthened over the years for a better common future for energy security, technological research and development, higher quality statistics and environmental sustainability.
The IEA’s ties with China continue to deepen and to broaden under the 2011 Joint Statement, as signified by growing direct links with the Agency’s primary counterparts, the National Energy Administration (NEA), the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). High level visits have been increasingly frequent. In January 2015, the IEA held the first-ever Emergency Response Exercise in China, and the 3rd IEA Unconventional Gas Forum was convened in Chengdu in April 2015. Most IEA publications include a chapter or a section on China.