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Chinese Premier Wen to attend Copenhagen climate summit

 

BEIJING, Nov. 26 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao will attend the climate summit in Copenhagen, Denmark, next month, according to the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

"The Chinese government has decided Premier Wen will attend the15th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) from Dec. 7 to 18 in Copenhagen," ministry spokesman Qin Gang told a regular news briefing.

The conference is also the 5th signatories' meeting of the Kyoto Protocol.

"Wen's presence at the meeting fully embodies the Chinese government's great attention to the issue and its political willingness to address the issue with international cooperation," Qin said.

The conference is expected to renew greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets set by the UNFCCC Kyoto Protocol, the first stage of which is to expire in 2012. It is also expected to outline the post-2012 negotiation path.

Qin said China had actively engaged in international cooperation, and regarded the UNFCCC and the Kyoto Protocol as the major channels and basic legal framework for the international community to deal with climate change.

Qin reaffirmed China's adherence to the principle of "common but differentiated responsibilities."

"We hope the Copenhagen conference will make fair and reasonable arrangements following the mandate of the Bali Road Map and strengthen the comprehensive, effective and sustained implementation of the UNFCCC and the Kyoto Protocol," said Qin. 

 

 


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