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China shows sincerity at Durban Conference

By Liu Junhong (People's Daily Overseas Edition)

08:19, December 13, 2011

The 17th Conference of Contracting Parties (COP17) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which closed on Dec. 9, focused on the issue of how developed countries should prolong the Kyoto Protocol and fulfill their emissions reduction duties.

At the conference, Xie Zhenhua, leader of the Chinese delegation, gave three pieces of advice to state China's stance and show its sincerity. Xie's speech was well received by the audience.

The first emissions reduction period (2008-2012) of the Kyoto Protocol is about to end, but the new global emissions reduction framework has not been formed yet. Therefore, a "blank emissions reduction period" will probably appear at least between 2013 and 2020.

Especially, since the United Nations' Carbon Market based on the Clean Development Mechanism is still undefined, the relevant environmental protection efforts made by every country will also be suspended.

Therefore, the issues such as how the Kyoto Protocol should be prolonged to form the second emissions reduction mechanism and how corresponding supervision measures should be made, were the core topics for discussion at the Durban Conference.

Meanwhile, from the viewpoint of the entire world's actual effect in dealing with climate change, finding a fundamental way for all countries to jointly participate in the long-term framework and practically fulfill their "common but differential duties" was also promoted as a core topic of the conference.

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