China pledges to join new global climate treaty

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China will participate in a legally-binding global climate treaty for the post-2020 period if consensus can be reached among all parties.

Su Wei (C), deputy chief of the Chinese delegation, is interviewed in Warsaw, Poland, on Nov. 11, 2013. [Photo/Xinhua]

"If the international community manages to agree on a legally-binding treaty, China will certainly be on board," Su Wei, deputy chief of the Chinese delegation, said on the sidelines of the annual United Nations climate change conference in the Polish capital of Warsaw which began on Monday.

"The ultimate goal is to properly deal with climate change through concerted efforts of all parties," said Su, who is also director of the climate change department of China's National Development and Reform Commission, calling for exchanges and understanding from all parties for a final agreement.

The two-week negotiation aims to lay the groundwork for a new global climate pact that sets post-2020 targets on emission cuts to make sure it can be signed in 2015 and take effect in 2020.

The new pact is set to replace the Kyoto Protocol, the first global document with legally-binding targets for developed nations whose second commitment period will end in 2020.

Both developed and developing nations have pledged to curb carbon emissions and cope with global warming. The UN determines that developed countries should be held accountable for the accumulated high levels of greenhouse gas emissions since the industrial era.


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