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UPDATED: November 27, 2014
China Pledges to Honor Emission-Cut Commitments

The UN Climate Conference in Lima comes on the heels of China and the U.S. reaching a major agreement on climate change at the APEC Summit in Beijing earlier this month.

As part of that deal, the Chinese side has agreed to cap its carbon-emission growth by 2030, on top of generating one-fifth of its power through renewable sources by that same time.

"It's 16 years before 2030. There will be many uncertainties ahead, including economic and social development and resources. I believe the goal set by 2030 is scientific and practical. We're clear that we will try our best to achieve the goal earlier, if possible. This demonstrates China's determination to combat climate change with concrete initiatives," said Xie Zhenhua, the deputy chief of the National Development and Reform Commission.

At the same time, the Chinese delegation to the forthcoming UN Climate Summit in Peru says it wants to see concrete action from the rest of the world when it comes to climate change.

"The Chinese Government hopes the Lima conference will implement the agreements reached earlier for all sides to strengthen action before 2020. Developed countries should substantially strengthen emission reduction, as well as honor their pledges in providing support for developing countries on funds, technology transfer and capacity building," said Su Wei, the vice head of the delegation heading to Lima.

At the same time, he notes most developed countries have yet to honor their commitments made at the Copenhagen conference to mobilize $100 billion a year by 2020 to support climate change action in the developing world.

Since 2011, the Chinese Government has provided over $40 million to a fund meant to help developing countries deal with issues connected to climate change.

(CRIENGLISH.com November 26, 2014)

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