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BASIC countries remain united over climate change: Chinese delegate

(Xinhua)

09:35, December 07, 2011

DURBAN, South Africa, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- Brazil, South Africa, India and China, known as "BASIC countries", remained united over major issues in relation to climate change, a senior Chinese official on climate change said here on Tuesday.

BASIC countries are united and demand that the second commitment of the Kyoto protocol "is a must," Xie Zhenhua, who led a Chinese delegation to the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, told a joint news briefing with his South African, Indian and Brazilian counterparts.

"The BASIC countries are united firmly..we are countries of action. We are ready to do our due contributions on climate change to advance the Durban conference a success," Xie said.

"We'll speak with the same voice" at the ongoing COP17, said Xie, who is vice chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission of China.

He refuted rumors that the BASIC countries had splitted due to their "differences" over the major issues being discussed at COP 17.

"Facts cannot be distorted and rumors will not be turned into facts," he said.

BASIC countries called on developed countries to "step up to fulfill" their pledges in fight against climate change.

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