Xi to de­liver cli­mate change plan in Paris

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By ZHAO HUANXIN in Beijing zhao­huanxin@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping will present China’s pro­pos­als on coun­ter­ing cli­mate change at the open­ing of the UN cli­mate con­fer­ence in Paris at the end of the month, be­fore vis­it­ing Zim­babwe and South Africa.

On the side­lines of the twoweek con­fer­ence, which will be­gin on Mon­day, Xi will meet with French Pres­i­dent Fran­cois Hol­lande and US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, Vice-For­eign Min­is­ter Liu Zhen­min said on Wed­nes­day.

“They will talk about other in­ter­na­tional is­sues of com­mon con­cern, but their fo­cus will be on cli­mate change, … about how to en­sure that the cli­mate change meet­ing is a suc­cess,” Liu told a news con­fer­ence in Beijing.

He said the at­ten­dance of world lead­ers in France will “lend po­lit­i­cal im­pe­tus”.

On Tues­day, US Deputy Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­vi­sor Ben Rhodes said Obama’s meet­ings with Xi and In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi at the start of the cli­mate sum­mit will “send a strong mes­sage to the world about their strong com­mit­ment to cli­mate change”.

Liu said China ex­pected the cli­mate sum­mit to yield a “com­pre­hen­sive and bal­anced” agree­ment. The con­fer­ence should push for more con­crete ac­tions from de­vel­oped coun­tries, he said, adding that th­ese coun­tries

The prin­ci­ples of eq­uity ... should be high­lighted.”

are ex­pected to honor their com­mit­ments to of­fer fi­nanc­ing and tech­nol­ogy to de­vel­op­ing coun­tries.

“The prin­ci­ples of eq­uity, com­mon but dif­fer­en­ti­ated re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and re­spec­tive ca­pa­bil­i­ties should be high­lighted, since they re­flect the fact that de­vel­oped coun­tries have made a greater his­tor­i­cal con­tri­bu­tion to cli­mate change,” Liu said.

Af­ter a stay of less than two days in Paris, Xi will make a state visit to Zim­babwe on Dec 1 and 2. From Dec 2 to 5, he will visit South Africa, where he will chair the Johannesburg Sum­mit of the Fo­rum for China-Africa Co­op­er­a­tion.

“This will be a his­toric visit of the high­est level, hav­ing the most sig­nif­i­cant in­flu­ence on Sino-African re­la­tions and bring­ing about our most ex­ten­sive co­op­er­a­tion,” Vice-For­eign Min­is­ter Zhang Ming said.

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