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China opposes EU's unilateral aviation emissions levy


10:01, May 18, 2013

BEIJING, May 17 (Xinhua) -- China on Friday voiced its opposition to the European Union's unilateral decision to incorporate international flights originating from countries outside of the EU into its carbon trading scheme.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said at a regular press briefing that China has maintained a consistent position on coping with the emissions of international flights through international cooperation under the framework of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the International Civil Aviation Organization.

Many other countries have also taken a negative stance on the EU's unilateral decision, he said, adding that China hopes the EU side will fully consider suggestions from all sides, as well as prudently and properly deal with the issue through consultations with relevant parties, including China.

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