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"Hijack" comment, fabricated failure of Copenhagen conference are really "farcical"


by Xinhua writer Yu Zhixiao

BEIJING, Dec. 22 (Xinhua) -- When an individual British politician claimed the Copenhagen climate change conference was "hijacked" by some countries, presented "a farcical picture" and failed, he actually has put himself at an arrogant, arbitrary and "farcical" disadvantage.

The politician, in an article in Monday's Guardian newspaper, alleged the Copenhagen talks from Dec. 7 to 19 were characterized by "a chaotic process dogged by procedural games," displayed "a farcical picture to the public," and eventually fell flat due to the "hijack" by China and several other developing countries.

These comments are utterly unfounded, unreasonable and unfair.

Contrary to the claim of "hijacking" the conference, China has shown great sincerity and broken its back to push forward the talks and help strike a deal, best exemplified by Premier Wen Jiabao's attendance and speech at the meeting.

As a matter of fact, China has all along exerted arduous and unremitting efforts in saving energy, reducing carbon dioxide emissions and combating climate change.

China was the first developing country to adopt and implement a National Climate Change Program and has formulated the Energy Conservation Law and Renewable Energy Law, among others.

By the end of the first half of this year, China's energy consumption per unit of the GDP had dropped 13 percent from the 2005 level, equivalent to reducing 800 million tons of carbon dioxide. China also has set the new target of cutting carbon dioxide emissions per unit of the GDP by 40 percent to 45 percent by 2020 from the 2005 level.

The conference, after twists and turns, yielded fruit instead of being a so-called failure, by issuing the Copenhagen Accord.

The document expressed the consensus reached by all parties on such issues as long-term goals, funding, technology and transparency of their actions in coping with climate change, laying a good foundation for future and further negotiations.

Meanwhile, the politician's comments of "chaotic process," "procedural games" and "farcical picture," besides being unreasonable, are truly acrid and stinging.

The widely watched conference, which was attended by leaders or delegates of more than 190 countries and was of major importance to all parties, unquestionably needed "process," "procedure," sufficient discussion and even argument.

Otherwise, it would really have been "chaos" and become a tool for some countries to impose their demands on others.

The Copenhagen conference, by any means, is a step forward on the path of mankind's fight against climate change.

"Rome was not built in one day," however. It takes further and persistent endeavors by the international community to finally secure a legally compulsory climate change agreement that is widely accepted.

All countries, rather than pointing the finger at each other, should adopt a constructive and responsible attitude, and continue to actively coordinate, cooperate and consult with each other in fighting climate change.

Only in this way can the world turn the Copenhagen Accord into a detailed and legally binding document as early as possible, create a better living environment for all residents on this planet and build a better future for human beings.



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