Liu Yanhua, vice-minister of science and technology, said at a conference in Hong Kong that climate change is a more formidable challenge than the global recession and one China shares with the world. And he added that China, the world’s third-largest economy, has taken "responsible" steps to fight climate change.
Industrialized economies such as the US and developing countries led by China are deadlocked on how much rich nations should help poor ones deal with climate change and to what extent wealthy countries should cut emissions.
President Hu Jintao said last month China will cut emissions in proportion to economic growth, without giving specific targets or goals.
China is among more than 190 nations gathering in Copenhagen on December 7 for the final round of talks on a climate accord to replace the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012.
Developed nations should share carbon-reducing technologies with poorer countries to help them cut emissions, Liu said. He also said developed countries should take the lead in committing to binding emission caps.
Wang Xiaokang, president of the China Energy Conservation Investment Corp, which advises companies on emission and pollution reduction, said China is lagging at least 10 years behind the West in the development of technology for energy reduction and clean electricity production.
China Daily said that centering on the construction of a global climate order, a multidimensional game has emerged among developed countries, as well as between developed countries and developing countries.
Therefore, unless there is close North-South and North-North cooperation, there will be great difficulty in reaching a broad consensus on the principle of "common but differentiated responsibilities" and in establishing a new global climate order of fairness and equity.
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