Wen: China's climate commitments unconditional

2009-12-18 08:13 BJT

Special Report: UN climate change conference in Copenhagen |

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has laid out five issues that need to be addressed in order to reach a deal on climate change.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (3rd, R) poses for a group photo with President of the Maldvies Mohammed Nasheed (3rd, L), Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina (2nd, L), Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi (2nd, R), Grenadian Prime Minister Tillman Thomas (1st, R) and Sudanese Presidential Assistant Nafie Ali Nafie (1st, L) ahead of their meeting in Copenhagen, capital of Denmark, on Dec. 17, 2009.(Xinhua/Pang Xinglei) 
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (3rd, R) poses for a group photo with President
of the Maldvies Mohammed Nasheed (3rd, L), Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh
Hasina (2nd, L), Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi (2nd, R), Grenadian
Prime Minister Tillman Thomas (1st, R) and Sudanese Presidential Assistant
Nafie Ali Nafie (1st, L) ahead of their meeting in Copenhagen, capital of 
Denmark, on Dec. 17, 2009.(Xinhua/Pang Xinglei)

The Premier's stance was relayed at a press briefing in Copenhagen by Vice Foreign Minister He Yafei. Premier Wen told several world leaders he met on Thursday that delegates should try to reach a consensus on which documents would serve as a basis for negotiations, emissions targets, monitoring mechanisms, long term goals, and funding.

Wen Jiabao said industrialized countries' attempts to link developing nations' mitigation targets with their own, is not the way forward. He added that China's commitments on its mitigation actions are non-negotiable, and unconditional. But the country will fulfill them, regardless of the outcome in Copenhagen. The Premier, says China is attending the talks with sincere desire, confidence, and determination. He is urging all parties at the talks to reach a comprehensive deal on climate change.