Senior diplomat says China continues to strive for renewal of Kyoto Protocol   2011-06-09 16:16:06 FeedbackPrintRSS

BONN, Germany, June 8 (Xinhua) -- China is dedicated to achieving substantive progress in climate talks along with other developing countries, a senior Chinese climate official says.

Li Yanduan, the leader of the Chinese delegation at a new round of U.N. climate talks here, said China's dedication comes despite the reluctance of some developed nations to renew the soon-to-expire Kyoto Protocol.

Li Yanduan, who is a special representative from the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said the slow progress in reaching a consensus regarding the Kyoto Protocol has created concerns in Beijing and within the Group of 77, a coalition of developing nations.

The Kyoto Protocol binds almost 40 industrialized countries to emission cuts from 2008 to 2012. Analysts say that given the current stalement, it will be difficult to meet the December 2012 deadline to put in place a binding successor to the Kyoto Protocol.

One obstacle in the negotiations was the negative attitude of some developed countries toward signing up for a second renewable commitment period after 2012, Li said.

The June 6-17 round of U.N. climate negotiations is expected to pave the way for the COP 17 (17th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) climate change talks beginning in November in Durban, South Africa.

"The Bonn gathering is the most important opportunity for negotiators before the year-end climate change summit in Durban," Li said, "Like ships testing the waters, all parties are now trying to figure out the bottom line of others."

The G-77 and China hold that the decision on the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol remains "the very core issue" of current negotiations, Li said.

"It's a life-and-death problem for the Kyoto Protocol," she said.

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Editor: Deng Shasha
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