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BRICS countries oppose EU carbon tax

By Liao Zhengjun (People's Daily)

14:26, February 16, 2012

Edited and Translated by People's Daily Online

The 10th Ministerial Conference on Climate Change of BRICS countries was held in New Delhi, the capital of India on Feb. 14.

Xie Zhenhua, head of the Chinese delegation and deputy director of the National Development and Reform Commission, reiterated China’s stance of resolutely opposing European Union’s unilateral imposition of carbon emissions tax on airlines. He also said that the European Union’s practice has violated international conventions and multilateral principles.

China’s stance also received enthusiastic responses from the BRICS and other developing countries. The minister of India’s Ministry of Environment and Forests said that India strongly opposes the European Union’s unilateral action and urge the European Union to adopt measures continuously under the multilateral mechanism instead of adopting unilateral actions.

Representatives of Brazil and South Africa also expressed their support for China’s stance and consider the European Union’s practice is not favorable for coping with the climate change in a better way.

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