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Special Representative for Climate Change Negotiations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Yu Qingtai Meets with Chinese and Foreign Journalists

On December 9, 2009, China Information and Communication Center held a press conference to which Special Representative for Climate Change Negotiations of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Yu Qingtai attending the Copenhagen conference on climate change was invited to answer questions of Chinese and foreign journalists. Nearly 100 journalists from more than 70 Chinese and foreign media, including Xinhua News Agency, People's Daily, Reuters, AFP, Kyodo News, Asahi Shimbun, Yomiuri Shimbun, NHK and German TV, attended the press conference.

Yu said that the Chinese side attaches great importance to the Copenhagen conference on climate change and is wiling to make concerted efforts with all the other countries and play a constructive role in order to promote the realization of scheduled goals of the conference and lay down a sound foundation for more effective future international cooperation to address climate change.

The journalists are mainly concerned about the Chinese side's responses to the issues that the European countries and the US believe China should no longer receive financial assistance, the US indicates developed countries' capital support for developing countries is not a compensation behavior, the US special representative on climate change requires greater transparency of China's measures on handling climate change and the US does not support China in seeking a legally binding agreement as well as the Chinese side's comments and opinions on the "Danish text".

Yu stressed that the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and its Kyoto Protocol, as widely accepted legal documents by the international community, clearly define the principle that developed and developing countries should undertake "common but differentiated responsibilities" in the fight against climate change and the legal obligation of developed countries of taking the lead in reducing emissions and providing developing countries with capital and technology support. To maintain the basic principle enshrined in the documents and to ensure the comprehensive and efficient implementation of the documents form the foundation of jointly tackling climate change and reflect the mission of the conference as well.

He pointed out that developed countries should carefully reflect on their historical responsibility, show real desire and sincerity of action, be trustworthy in word and resolute in deed and tangibly fulfill their commitments.


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