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A further Escalation of the China-US Confrontation


By Pucong Han, Beijing China

During the Copenhagen Conference, the conflicts and competition between China and the United States have reached a new level.  On the one hand, the representatives of the United State refuse to follow the Kyoto Protocol to transfer technology and funds to helping the developing countries, including China. On the other hand, the representative of China criticized the United States for its previous statements.  A further escalation of the Sino-US confrontation is happening in Copenhagen.

Chinese representative Zaiqing Yu announced that the “United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change” and the “Kyoto Protocol” are legal documents that are widely accepted by different parties in the international community.  These legal documents clarify the climate change commitment between developed and developing countries according to “common but differentiated responsibilities,” and, at the same time, establish the principles that the developed countries take the lead in emission reduction and provide developing countries with financial and technical support.  Representative Yu also further clarifies that maintaining the basic principles of these documents and ensuring that documents the full and effective implementation are the missions of the Congress.  Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu announced at the Foreign Ministry’s regular press conference that the question of funding is the key to determine the success of the Copenhagen meeting.  He also mentioned that the obligations of the Kyoto Protocol should not be abandoned.

While China is trying to protect the Kyoto Protocol, the United States wants to kill the protocol because they believe that the base year 1990 of the protocol should not be used.  The United States believes that the protocol is no longer applicable to the current situations and wants to replace the Kyoto by the draft of Denmark.  This “Denmark” Draft paper is from Britain, the United States, Denmark and other countries.  It allows the developed countries to force developing countries to accept an agreement that benefits the developed parties.

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