China believes KP continuation a must for successful climate talks

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The Chinese government believes that continuation of the Kyoto Protocol and commitment to its second period is a must for a balanced outcome for climate change negotiations, and that international cooperation is the only solution to climate challenges, according to a senior Chinese negotiator who spoke at a news briefing held Friday during the United Nations Climate Change Conference.

Huang Huikang, China's special representative for climate change negotiations, told the media this morning that the Kyoto Protocol provides a legal foundation to climate negotiations, and maps the direction for future efforts. "If every country can follow the mainstream and honor their commitment, combating climate change will be easier," Huang said.

"Developed countries must also acknowledge their responsibilities."Huang's remarks were interpreted by many as a message to Japan, which just announced it would abandon the Kyoto Protocol.

The top negotiator described the Cancun conference as a "very important" event, in which China aims to reach a "comprehensive and balanced outcome," he said.

According to Huang, negotiations on some issues, including finance, technology and forestry, will likely proceed smoothly. However, other more controversial issues, such as mitigation targets and continuation of the Kyoto Protocol, may have to be left for the South African conference next year, he added.


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