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China says its mitigation commitments "nonnegotiable,unconditional"

2009-12-17 19:41:57 GMT2009-12-18 03:41:57 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen(3rd R) meets with his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao(3rd L) in Copenhagen, capital of Denmark, Dec. 17, 2009. (Xinhua/Pang Xinglei)

COPENHAGEN, Dec. 17 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao told some world leaders whom he met here on Thursday that the Chinese commitments on its mitigation actions are "nonnegotiable and unconditional," Vice Foreign Minister He Yafei said.

Developed nations' attempt to link developing nations' mitigation targets with their own emissions reduction goals is "not the way to go forward," He quoted Wen as saying at a press briefing here as the Copenhagen climate talks moved into the final summit segment.

The Chinese government has made it clear that China's commitment on mitigation actions is based on repeated scientific research and assessment, Wen said.

"It's nonnegotiable and unconditional," Wen said. China's commitment is not conditioned on or linked with commitments by any other countries, developed or developing alike, and China will fulfill it regardless of the outcome of the Copenhagen climate talks, he added.

The Chinese premier urged parties to the talks to lock in the commitments countries have made and list the commitments in a relevant document based on the common but differentiated responsibilities.

"If that arrangement can be made, it can mark a huge step forward," Wen said.

Wen also told the world leaders that negotiators should also try to reach a consensus on what documents to serve as a basis for negotiations, monitoring mechanisms, long-term goals and funding in order to reach a deal on climate change at the UN-led talks in Copenhagen.

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