China Wednesday called on the international community to observe
the principles and framework set by the Kyoto Protocol and the
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
The appeal was made by Cao Bochun, vice director of the
Environment and Resources Protection Committee of the Chinese
National People's Congress, at the G8+5 Climate Change Dialogue
forum held in this Brazilian capital.
"As a precondition of ensuring healthy human development,
tackling climate change is today's and tomorrow's basic principle
with which we should persist in confronting the problem," said
"Common but differentiated responsibilities" stated in the Kyoto
Protocol and UN Framework Convention on Climate Change should be
the basis and precondition for a rational move in handling climate
change, he said.
The Chinese legislator said at the forum that "China, as a
responsible country, has a resolute and consistent policy in
dealing with climate change."
China will do its "best to boost its capability" to fight
climate change based on China's reality, said Cao.
The capability of the mini-thermal power plants closed by the
Chinese government in 2007 as an environment-protection measure
reached some 14.3 million kilowatts, he said, adding that the drive
He also rebutted criticism of China's increasing greenhouse gas
emissions, saying most of the critics have ignored a fact that
transfer emissions account for some 30 percent of China's total
greenhouse gas emissions, which means China has shifted some
emission pressures from a lot of countries.
The forum, initiated by then British Prime Minister Tony Blair,
was established in 2005 for legislators from the Group of Eight
industrialized nations – Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy,
Japan, Russia and the United States – and their counterparts from
five emerging economies – China, India, Brazil, Mexico and South
Africa – to address the global climate issue and anti-poverty
(Xinhua News Agency February 21, 2008)