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China Cherishes Great Expectation in Copenhagen Conference

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The Chinese delegation attending the UN Climate Change Conference says the country has great expectations for the talks. They are calling on all parties involved to exert the effort needed to ensure the success of the conference.

The Copenhagen conference is in its second phase. The Chinese delegation is optimistic about the outcome, describing the first phase of the talks as progressive.

Xie Zhenhua, head of the team of negotiators says the conference has upheld a dual-track principle under the Bali Road Map.

He says the principle will help reach a final agreement.

Xie Zhenhua says China is not fully satisfied with the two draft texts that have been drawn up, and many of the issues they deal with need further discussion and modification.

These include binding targets for emissions reductions for developed countries and their financial and technological support to developing nations.

Xie Zhenhua says as developing country China is not obliged to help fund other countries' emission reductions. But he stresses China will let African countries and island nations have priority, in receiving funding from wealthier countries.

Meanwhile, some representatives of mostly African nations walked out of the conference hall, accusing rich countries of doing too little to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

The protest interrupted the talks on Monday morning. Negotiations resumed in the afternoon after five-hours.

( December 16, 2009)

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