China's pledges of emission reduction recognized by global community

By Liu Lili, Wang Yujue
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China's pledges and actions on its own will on emissions reductions have gained recognition and support from the international community, says Assistant Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin.

Liu, who is also the No. 2 negotiator for the Chinese delegation at the ongoing UN climate change conference, said China, as a developing country, "would like to carry out obligations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and adopt emission reduction actions on our own will."

Liu said with additional efforts being made to implement the pledges, China would get more and more support from the international community.

The actions of emission reduction would be implemented conscientiously by the government, Liu said.

He said that China's actions of emission reduction on its own will would contribute greatly to the global efforts in tackling climate change.

Achieving industrialization is China's goal and right, and in the process, China is choosing a cleaner and low-carbon road that is in accordance with its sustainable development strategy, but different from the traditional one taken by developed countries, Liu said.

The Chinese government, Liu said, was determined to create better living conditions for its people while making its own contributions to tackling climate change.

The Kyoto Protocol provides for mandatory emission targets for developed countries, but the United States has withdrawn from it.

The Japanese delegation has announced opposition to the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, and countries such as Canada and Russia have echoed Japan's stance, casting a shadow on the well-intended negotiations.

"As an important legally binding document, we can say it is important for the international community to fight against climate change," Liu said.

The Cancun conference entered the high-level stage on Tuesday, with disputes over the extension of the Kyoto Protocol beyond 2012 still unresolved.

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