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Durban shows West's two-tiered worldview

(Global Times)

12:47, December 13, 2011

Delegates attend the closing session of the UN Climate Conference in Durban, South Africa, Dec. 11, 2011. After an extra day's hard negotiations, the 17th Conference of Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention of Climate Change (UNFCCC) agreed Sunday on the second commitment period under Kyoto Protocol.(Xinhua Photo)

A deal has finally been struck in Durban at the end of grueling talks. The EU has signed up to a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol along with several other developed countries, while the world has agreed to set up a Green Climate Fund to help poor countries struggling with climate change.

However, developed countries were a disappointment over the course of the conference. Their behavior proved that the world is still dominated by selfish interests.

Instead of shouldering their responsibilities, developed countries have poured more efforts into shifting the blame.

In the past, they either accused China of ruining previous climate talks, or used the country as an excuse for not cutting their emissions. Their argument is that China is no longer a developing state. As one of the biggest emitters, it must have a compulsory emission target similar to its developed counterparts. But without the right technologies in place, answering this demand will bring considerable damage to China's development.

In fact, developed countries are well aware that China still belongs to the developing world. A decent life is still a dream for a larger number of ordinary people. Some even find life difficult. Shabby cities and dirty streets are familiar descriptions of China in foreign media.

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