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China fast-tracks climate initiatives

CHINA'S top legislature yesterday began deliberating a draft resolution on climate change, which aims to accelerate efforts to tackle the challenge of global warming.

The draft, before the 10th session of the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress, says China "as a developing country" will firmly "maintain the right to development," and opposes "any form of trade protectionism disguised as tackling climate change."

It says developed nations should "take the lead in quantifying their reductions of emissions" and honor their commitments to "support developing countries with funds and technology transfers."

"Since the Industrial Revolution, the activities of mankind, especially economic activities of developed nations during their industrialization process, have become a major reason for climate change," the draft says.

It says development is "first and foremost" and developing countries should actively deal with climate change "within the framework of sustainable development."

The draft said cooperative international efforts, for example, between governments and legislative bodies, should be promoted. This would strengthen multilateral exchanges and negotiations and enhance mutual understanding.

China would continue international talks on climate change in the spirit of "being highly responsible for the survival and long-term development of mankind."

The country would promote a "comprehensive, effective and continuous" implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol.

The draft says China will adhere to "the basic framework" set up in the UNFCCC, signed by more than 150 countries in 1992, and the Protocol, agreed upon in 1997 by most countries.

Yesterday was the second day of the legislature's four-day meeting.


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