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China plays important role at UN Climate Change Conference

Reporter: Stephen Gibbs 丨 CCTV.com

12-11-2014 06:24 BJT

Full coverage: UN Climate Change Conference 2014

China has one of the largest delegations at the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, and its own pavilion, which hosts events and talks. The importance of China's policy regarding climate change cannot be understated.

Students and delegates sing the song "Heal the World" during a forum at the China Pavilion of the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, capital of Peru, Dec. 5, 2014. A forum themed in "Global Youth Low-Carbon Actions" was held as an inauguration of a series of activities at the China Pavilion here on Friday. (Xinhua/Xu Zijian)

Students and delegates sing the song "Heal the World" during a forum at the China Pavilion of the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, capital of Peru, Dec. 5, 2014. A forum themed in "Global Youth Low-Carbon Actions" was held as an inauguration of a series of activities at the China Pavilion here on Friday. (Xinhua/Xu Zijian)

With its huge population, and developing economy, China is currently the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases. But it is also the biggest investor in renewable energy technology.
 
Ahead of the conference, a landmark deal was agreed between China and the US, which some saw as a template of how the developed and the developing world can work together to find a fair solution to a common threat.

The US pledged to cut its carbon emissions by up to 28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025. China said its emissions will peak by 2030.

The head of the Chinese delegation told CCTV he believed that, like that agreement, this conference can succeed if all parties listen to one another.

"It is necessary to insist multilateral mechanisms make the agenda open and transparent. Different perspectives should be genuinely represented, in order to reflect the inclusivity of the conference. If we can do these two things, I think the draft text of this year’s conference will be accepted. However, acceptance from everyone is still far off," Xie Zhenhua said.

So China’s view of the talks at this stage can perhaps be described as “cautious optimism.” But no one here underestimates the difficulty of finding an agreement, which takes into account the opinions of 195 countries.

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