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China Says Can Make Voluntary CO2 Curbs "Binding"

Date: 07-Dec-10
Country: MEXICO
Author: Chris Buckley

China Says Can Make Voluntary CO2 Curbs
A migrant labourer climbs a ladder on a building near Hongqiao Airport in Shanghai August 6, 2010.
Photo: Reuters/Aly Song

China is prepared to make its voluntary carbon emissions target part of a binding U.N. resolution, a concession that may pressure developed countries to extend the Kyoto Protocol, a senior negotiator told Reuters.

U.N. climate talks in Mexico's Cancun beach resort hinge on agreement to cement national emissions targets after 2012, when the present round of Kyoto carbon caps end.

Kyoto binds the emissions of nearly 40 developed countries. Developing countries want to extend the protocol, but some industrialized nations including Japan, Russia and Canada want a separate new agreement that regulates the emissions of all nations.

China has previously rejected making its domestic emissions goals binding, as they are for industrialized nations now.

"We can create a resolution and that resolution can be binding on China," said Huang Huikang, the Chinese Foreign Ministry's envoy for climate change talks.

"Under the (U.N. Climate) Convention, we can even have a legally-binding decision. We can discuss the specific form. We can make our efforts a part of international efforts."

"Our view is that to address these concerns, there's no need to overturn the Kyoto Protocol and start all over again," added Huang.

(Editing by Anthony Boadle)

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