New India, China bonhomie on climate change issue

Beijing, May 30 | Updated: May 31 2007, 05:30am hrs
Ahead of the G-8 Summit, a senior Chinese official, while describing China and India as victims of the effects of climate change, has appealed the industrialised nations to play a greater role in dealing withthe issue.

China, India and other developing countries are victims of the effects of climate change, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Jiang Yu said in a statement.

Climate changes threaten the whole globe and require joint efforts on the part of the international community to deal with it, she said as Chinese and Indian leaders may be pressured by their G-8 counterparts to lower their greenhouse gas emissions at the upcoming outreach session in Germany.

Global warming is high on the agenda of the G-8 Summit, in Heiligendamm, Germany, next week. Chinese President Hu Jintao will attend the outreach session of the G-8 Annual Summit. The developed nations have both responsibility and capability to contribute more to climate change," Jiang said.

Jiang also demanded that developed nations take the lead in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and provide assistance for the developing nations in terms of technology transfer and capital, while the developing countries follow the path of sustainable development.

How to implement the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol is crucial for dealing with climate change, she added.

The UN conference on climate change kicked off on Monday, with participating parties exploring an international framework to deal with the issue of global warming after 2012. We hope the climate change talks, based on the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, will achieve substantial progress before 2009, Jiang said.

She also pointed out that China's per-capita greenhouse gas emissions were less than one third of the level of developed nations.

Despite low per-capita emissions, the Chinese government has placed great emphasis on climate change and has employed effective measures to cut emissions and its negative impacts. China has made great efforts to promote technology innovation, increase energy efficiency, develop low-carbon energy, improve the energy consumption structure, she added.

PTI