BEIJING, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese Foreign
Ministry has set up a leading group in charge of the international work on
climate change, the Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu announced on Tuesday.
Jiang said the group was headed by Foreign Minister
Yang Jiechi and has two deputy heads, Vice Foreign Minister Wu Dawei and
Assistant Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai, adding a mechanism on the international
work on climate change has also been set up.
"The Ministry's move is not only an important step to
implement China¡¯s national action plan to respond to climate change, but also
shows the Chinese government's active participation in the international
cooperation on responding to climate change," said Jiang at a regular press
The Chinese government had announced its first
national action plan to respond to climate change and set the goal of reducing
energy consumption per unit of gross domestic product by 20 percent and major
pollutant discharges by 10 percent by the end of2010, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao
said on Aug. 27 in a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The State Council had also set up a leading group for
the work of responding to climate change, headed by Premier Wen.
Jiang noted that all the acts showed China's positive
position and determination of responding to climate change, and China will
continue to make unremitting efforts to respond to climate change and promote
the international cooperation in this regard.
Jiang added that the Foreign Ministry has appointed
Yu Qingtai, former Chinese ambassador to Tanzania as the special representative
for climate change negotiations.