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Durban talks: China scorches rumours of rift with India

December 8, 2011 Nitin Sethi, TNN | Dec 5, 2011 DURBAN: China scorched all rumours that it had moved away from India's position on Kyoto Protocol and a new global deal on Monday. "We accept a legally binding arrangement with five pre-conditions post-2020. As long as principles of common but differentiated responsibility and equity are ensured and individual capability is the basis of a new deal," Vice Chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of China and head of Chinese delegation at Durban Xie Zhenhua said. He insisted a second commitment period of Kyoto Protocol starting 2012 was a precondition as well. He reiterated that discussions on a new deal should begin not at Durban this year but after 2015 when a review of the efficacy of actions under the existing UN convention has been completed. His statement came a day after developed countries had attempted to paint India as the bad boy of climate claiming it was the only impediment to talks on a new global deal in Durban and China had taken a more flexible stance. India had along with BASIC countries made the unconditional continuation of Kyoto Protocol central to Durban talks and demanded that talks for a new deal begin only after the developed countries have fulfilled their existing commitments under Kyoto Protocol. But on the weekend news reports originating from Durban suggested that China had diluted its stance on this and was willing to a new deal right away. Zhenhua made it clear that it had always been in favour of a new global deal but only after 2020 and that too with several important riders - most of which the western countries are inimical to completely at the moment. He noted that fast start and long term funds and technology transfer - as envisioned under the Cancun Agreements needed to be operationalised too before talks on a new deal begin in 2015. India has stated exactly the same on various ocassions before but some developed countries have attempted to draw out a rift in the BASIC ranks, which negotiators in the developing world suggest are early signs of Europe being isolated yet again at the climate talks with its trenchant position. While US has asked for equal level of commitments from emerging economies as it undertakes, and Europe wants to junk any talk of accumulated emissions, the BASIC has reiterated that equity and historical emissions should be central to a new deal in future. Zhenhua said it was important to first see the existing commitments - under Kyoto Protocol and Cancun Agreements - first be fulfilled and the review of the existing UN convention show how well the developed countries had done in meeting their obligations. The Indian position also got support from the African groups and other developing countries with the leader of the African group of countries saying Europe was interested in the carbon trade and not in Kyoto Protoco likening it to someone loving mangoes but disliking a mango tree.
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