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China says rich nations should shoulder their duties in climate change

08-06-2010 08:26 BJT

A new round of UN climate talks is underway in the German city of Bonn. Participants are discussing a new negotiating text to prepare the ground for the year-end Mexico summit in Cancun. Chinese representatives say rich nations should shoulder their duties in tackling climate change.

The core of the ongoing UN climate talks is that developed countries should take on their historical, legal and moral responsibilities for climate change.

Huang Huikang, China's envoy on climate change talks, says rich nations should stop shifting the focus from their promises and pledges.

He said in the past two centuries, developed countries contributed a large amount of carbon dioxide due to their mode of production and way of life -- the historical responsibility is clear in this regard.

Huang says the current climate talks can only move in the right direction if developed countries take the lead to substantially cut greenhouse gas emissions, living up to the goal proposed by scientists of reducing emissions by 40 percent by 2020, based on the 1990 level.

He says the expectations of the international community are far from being satisfied since industrialized nations are far from reaching a target even lower than 40 percent.

Moreover, developed countries have an obligation to provide adequate, timely financial and technological support for the poorest countries, who are also the weakest in the face of disasters caused by climate change.

Huang Huikang, China's envoy on climate change talks, says rich nations should stop shifting the focus from their promises and pledges.
Huang Huikang, China's envoy on climate change talks, says rich nations should 
stop shifting the focus from their promises and pledges.

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