The first round of international climate talks in Tianjin hosted by China highlights the immense problems facing China as it struggles to expand its role in global-warming policy.
The talks are in preparation for the year-end United Nations summit in Cancun where delegates hope to cobble up a successor to the Kyoto Protocol, the international treaty on global warming that expires in 2012.
"At the Tianjin conference we aim to reduce the divergence as much as possible and try to achieve positive progress so as to contribute to the progress of the Cancun conference," said Xie Zhenhua, China’s top climate negotiator.
Wall Street Journal reports China has become a superpower in clean-energy technologies such as solar and wind power. Six of the world’s top 10 photovoltaic solar-panel makers are based in China, according to consultancy iSuppli, and China exports 90% of domestic production. China also has the world’s highest new installed capacity of wind-power turbines.
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