Wen: China's Climate Commitments Unconditional
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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has laid out five issues that need to be addressed in order to reach a deal on climate change.
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.
(CCTV December 18, 2009)