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New round of UN climate talks opens in China

2010-10-04 07:23:18 GMT2010-10-04 15:23:18 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo(1st L) addresses the UN Climate Change Conference opened in north China's Tianjin Municipality, Oct. 4, 2010. The conference is the final meeting before the United Nations Climate Summit to be held in Cancun, Mexico at the end of this year. (Xinhua/Yue Yuewei)

Delegates attend the opening ceremony of UN Climate Change Conference in north China's Tianjin Municipality, Oct. 4, 2010. The conference is the final meeting before the United Nations Climate Summit to be held in Cancun, Mexico at the end of this year. (Xinhua/Yue Yuewei)

Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo(1st L) addresses the UN Climate Change Conference opened in north China's Tianjin Municipality, Oct. 4, 2010. The conference is the final meeting before the United Nations Climate Summit to be held in Cancun, Mexico at the end of this year. (Xinhua/Yue Yuewei)

Delegates attend the opening ceremony of UN Climate Change Conference in north China's Tianjin Municipality, Oct. 4, 2010. The conference is the final meeting before the United Nations Climate Summit to be held in Cancun, Mexico at the end of this year. (Xinhua/Yue Yuewei)

TIANJIN, Oct. 4 (Xinhua) -- A new round of UN climate talks opened in north China's Tianjin Municipality on Monday, which is expected to pave the way for the year-end Cancun summit in Mexico.

About 3,000 delegates from party and observer countries under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Kyoto Protocol are attending the meeting on Oct. 4-9.

They are expected to discuss the negotiating text reached at the Bonn talks in August by the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention.

A draft proposal, by the Chair of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol, will also be tabled for discussion.

The two working groups have held three rounds of talks this year.

The Tianjin gathering is the final meeting before the United Nations Climate Change Conference to be held in Cancun at the end of this year, and the first time that such formal meeting has been convened in China.

China's State Councilor Dai Bingguo told the opening session of the meeting that China has always treated the climate change issues with great seriousness.

China will continue playing an active and constructive part in the climate talks, he said.

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