China has called for its export sector to be exempted from emissions cuts under the post-Kyoto Protocol on climate change, saying it is the countries buying the exports that should take responsibility, AFP reported. The appeal was made by Chinese climate official Li Gao, who is participating in talks in Washington with counterparts from Japan, the EU and the US. They are trying to reach a consensus ahead of the December deadline for a new agreement, but divisions remain between developed and developing nations. "We produce products and these products are consumed by other countries, especially the developed countries. This share of emissions should be taken by the consumers but not the producers," Li said. Other negotiators were skeptical about his proposal, arguing that attempts to regulate carbon emissions at exports’ destination would be a logistical nightmare.
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