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China announces targets on emission cuts

The State Council announced today that China is going to reduce the intensity of carbon dioxide emissions per unit of GDP in 2020 by 40 to 45 percent compared with the level of 2005.

This is a voluntary action taken by the Chinese government based on its own national conditions and is a major contribution to the global effort in tackling climate change, the State Council said.

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Kyoto Protocol should be carried out in a comprehensive, effective and lasting way, and emissions alleviation, adaptation, technological transfer and financial support should be coordinated in a comprehensive way to help bring out positive results for the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference in December in Copenhagen, the State Council said.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao will attend the climate summit. Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang made the announcement today at a regular press conference.


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