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China resists binding curbs on climate-change emissions

by Staff Writers
Beijing (AFP) Dec 6, 2007
China said Thursday it would not back any new proposals at a UN climate change conference that run counter to existing frameworks that exempt the booming country from reducing greenhouse-gas output.

"We believe under current circumstances... we should not break away from the framework set by the United Nations Framework on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol," foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang told reporters.

China, along with other booming developing countries such as India, is under strong pressure from Europe and others at the UN conference on the Indonesian island of Bali to agree to binding emissions cuts.

Delegates from more than 180 nations are gathering for the December 3-14 meeting, which is tasked with setting down a blueprint to slash greenhouse-gas emissions beyond 2012, when the Kyoto Protocol expires.

As a developing nation, China, which ranks alongside the United States as the world's top emitter of greenhouse gas emissions, is not bound to reduce emissions under Kyoto.

China says rich developed nations should bear that burden to allow poor countries to grow their economies. It also says developed countries are responsible for the lion's share of emissions so far.

"We should not abandon the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities," Qin said. "Members of the international community should combat climate change based on their development levels."

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