China hopeful of reaching substantial results at Cancun conference

20:07, December 06, 2010      

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Although marked progress is still lacking at the ongoing UN climate change conference here, China remains hopeful of reaching substantial achievements, said the head of the Chinese delegation on Sunday.

Xie Zhenhua, deputy director of China's National Development and Reform Commission, told Xinhua in an interview that although the first week did not see much progress, the conference has stuck to its direction.

"The Chinese delegation attends the conference with sincerity and expectation. We hope the conference can reach achievements on the basis of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Kyoto Protocol, the Bali Roadmap and the Copenhagen Accord," he said.

On Monday, newly arrived government ministers will begin talks on specific actions to limit carbon emissions over the next decade, as the UN climate conference moves into its decisive final week.

If the ministers could make compromise while taking into account their respective country's fundamental interest, it is possible to make some progress on key issues, Xie said.

Xie has held bilateral negotiations with delegations of developing countries, the United States and European Union countries since he arrived in Cancun on Saturday.

He said it is possible for the parties to reach a consensus on financial support, technology transfer, adaptation, forestry protection and capacity building of developing countries.

On Japan's opposition to the continuation of the landmark Kyoto Protocol, Xie stressed the need to protect the fruit of 20-year negotiations.

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