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China says its mitigation commitments "nonnegotiable,unconditional"

2009-12-18 08:20 BJT

Special Report: UN climate change conference in Copenhagen |

COPENHAGEN, Dec. 17 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao told some world leaders whom he met here on Thursday that the Chinese commitments on its mitigation actions are "nonnegotiable and unconditional," Vice Foreign Minister He Yafei said.

China's Vice Foreign Minister He Yafei addresses a press conference during the high-level segment of the United Nations Framework Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, capital of Denmark, Dec. 17, 2009. (Xinhua/Zeng Yi)
China's Vice Foreign Minister He Yafei addresses a 
press conference during the high-level segment of 
the United Nations Framework Climate Change 
Conference in Copenhagen, capital of Denmark, 
Dec. 17, 2009. (Xinhua/Zeng Yi)

Developed nations' attempt to link developing nations' mitigation targets with their own emissions reduction goals is "not the way to go forward," He quoted Wen as saying at a press briefing here as the Copenhagen climate talks moved into the final summit segment.

The Chinese government has made it clear that China's commitment on mitigation actions is based on repeated scientific research and assessment, Wen said.

"It's nonnegotiable and unconditional," Wen said. China's commitment is not conditioned on or linked with commitments by any other countries, developed or developing alike, and China will fulfill it regardless of the outcome of the Copenhagen climate talks, he added.