Friday, December 14, 2018

China Open to ‘Uniform’ Climate Rules, Sidestepping Old Allies

Shift comes as EU and China hastily draft proposals to break an impasse on the toughest issues at UN climate talks in Poland.

Xie Zhenhua, China's special climate representative and Miguel Arias Cañete (Photo Credit: European Commission) Click to Enlarge.
China has signaled it is open to following “uniform” global climate change rules, shifting from its usual push for a clear division of responsibilities for rich and poor countries. 

The question of how the rules underpinning the Paris climate agreement will apply to developed and developing countries remains one of the biggest sticking points after nearly two weeks of negotiations in Katowice, Poland.

The European Union – along with the US and other rich nations – has been lobbying China to back a flexible system that gives poorer countries time to comply with a set of rules that will govern how countries cut carbon.

Xie Zhenhua, China’s special representative on climate change, suggested on Thursday that the country was on board – as long as the developed side helps out.

“Developing countries also have varied levels of capabilities,” Xie told reporters.  “Some might need greater flexibilities, while others could voluntarily do more and accept uniform standards.  With more support given to them and enhanced capabilities for these developing countries, they will be able to meet their requirements earlier and faster.”

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