China urges more ac­tion, unity on cli­mate change

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ac­cord­ing to Gu Zi­hua, an­other se­nior Chi­nese ne­go­tia­tor.

“We’re not ask­ing for un­re­al­is­tic com­mit­ment from de­vel­oped coun­tries. We sim­ply want de­vel­oped na­tions to ful­fill pledges that have al­ready been made,” said Gu.

“Pre-2020 is re­ally a trust­build­ing is­sue for de­vel­op­ing coun­tries,” he said, “If they turn down all pro­pos­als, then how could de­vel­op­ing coun­tries have trust in fu­ture dis­cus­sions?”

China and other de­vel­op­ing coun­tries have sub­mit­ted a re­quest to the UN cli­mate change sec­re­tariat to or­ga­nize an event to com­mem­o­rate the 20th an­niver­sary of adop­tion of the 1997 Ky­oto Pro­to­col, an ear­lier key doc­u­ment set­ting bind­ing tar­gets on green­house-gas emis­sions for the world’s lead­ing economies which have ac­cepted it.

As for fi­nanc­ing gap left by the United States, China hopes other de­vel­oped coun­tries are able to en­hance their con­tri­bu­tions to fill that gap, ac­cord­ing to Gu.

“De­spite with the US with­drawal, there is still progress be­ing made. Non-state ac­tors in the US can play a role to fill that gap,” said Gu. China will con­tinue to make fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tions through south­south co­op­er­a­tion scheme, he added.

WOLFGANG RATTAY / REUTERS

Peo­ple dressed as po­lar bears march dur­ing a demon­stra­tion in Bonn against the COP 23 UN Cli­mate Change Con­fer­ence hosted by Fiji but held in Bonn, Ger­many, on Satur­day.

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