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China role at climate conference supported

FOREIGN Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said in Beijing yesterday that China's communication with other developing countries at the Copenhagen climate summit was full, transparent and unimpeded.

The conference ended in Denmark on Saturday with a legally non-binding pact, the Copenhagen Accord.

Some media outlets alleged that the Copenhagen Accord was not transparent because it was agreed "secretly" among BASIC countries (Brazil, South Africa, India and China) and the United States and was submitted to the conference without consulting other countries, especially small island states and least developed nations.

These were untrue and irresponsible comments with ulterior motives, Qin said. China always participated in the negotiations and consultations with a cooperative, responsible and constructive attitude and stayed in close communication with all other parties, he said.

China firmly upheld the principle of "common but differentiated responsibilities," steadfastly defended the development rights and interests of the vast number of developing countries and safeguarded their unity and coordination, he said.

Based on full consultation with other developing countries and the Group of 77, the BASIC countries presented a joint text to the parties concerned at the very beginning of the conference, Qin said.

Premier Wen Jiabao met the leaders of relevant small island states, least developed countries and African countries for a long period in Copenhagen to listen to their opinions, he said.

China's position was widely supported by other developing countries, Qin noted.


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