China defends role at Copenhagen

Dec 25, 2009

China has defended its role at this month's climate change talks in Copenhagen, saying Premier Wen Jiabao played a key part in sealing an accord, after critics blamed Beijing for blocking negotiations.

"One can see from the tortuous and difficult process of the summit that China played a crucial role," said a lengthy official record of Wen's attendance at the summit posted on the foreign ministry website late Thursday.

A diplomatic battle of finger-pointing and sharp recriminations has erupted over the summit's final agreement, which has been widely panned for its failure to oblige countries to carry out concrete cuts.

Britain's climate change minister Ed Miliband said earlier this week that China had vetoed attempts to give legal force to the accord and had also blocked an agreement on reductions in global emissions.

But China's foreign ministry promptly slammed the comments, saying "such an attack was made in order to shirk the obligations of developed countries to their developing counterparts and foment discord among developing countries."

According to Thursday's report, Wen held several key meetings last week when he arrived in Copenhagen, including talks that lasted more than two hours with representatives of island nations most at risk of .

The report indicated annoyance over a meeting arranged late Thursday "to discuss a new text," saying China -- which was on the list of participating nations -- had not been notified.

"Premier Wen felt quite astonished," according to a similar account published by state news agency Xinhua, adding that he had convened an emergency meeting to discuss how to handle the situation.

He eventually sent vice foreign minister He Yafei as his emissary. Xinhua quoted He as telling meeting participants that "any scheme in darkness would probably lead to a fruitless summit."

On December 18, the final day of talks among world leaders, developing and developed countries met to discuss the final document but failed to make headway, according to the report.

"At that moment, some countries were even preparing a failure statement for the summit. A few nations' leaders even made irresponsible remarks, criticising ," the report said.

"At the last minute, Premier Wen once again played a key role," deciding to meet leaders of Brazil, South Africa, and India to make one final effort, the report said.

Eventually, an agreement was reached with the United States and some European nations, and pushed through the next day.

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DGBEACH
5 / 5 (3) Dec 25, 2009
Whose idea was it to let politicians decide the fate of the world??? Will we ever learn?
GrayMouser
3.7 / 5 (3) Dec 25, 2009
Whose idea was it to let politicians decide the fate of the world??? Will we ever learn?

Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, Earth Liberation Front, Big Oil, Big Green, Liberals, Conservatives, and the UN.
Have I left anybody out?
Phelankell
3 / 5 (2) Dec 28, 2009
Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, Earth Liberation Front, Big Oil, Big Green, Liberals, Conservatives, and the UN.
Have I left anybody out?

Apathetic people, ignorant people, the uneducated, and I'm sure there are more.
Bob_B
2.3 / 5 (3) Dec 28, 2009
GrayMouser -

Religions - all of them. They are great at killing (either outright or through neglect) those that do not conform to their beliefs.

Unfortunately, most of our politicians are members of a religion.
People are not important, their salvation and hopes of heaven rule them, not the needs of 'the people'. Opps, I meant the needs of the non-wealthy people. Those 1% of the population with so much wealth they can not even imagine how many families that wealth would save, educate, heal and create meaningful work for are just a pathetic crap-load of genes. Bill Gates, makes tax-free money, he pays no taxes on that initial investment (and the code stolen from Digital Research so Windows 2 could do a copy function). THe crap we take is building and building.

We do have the "right" to revolt. But, there are not enough of us that are free from the religious 'burka' most people wear to make a revolt possible.

Phelankell
3 / 5 (2) Dec 28, 2009
Bob, I think you need to redirect you displeasure with corporate entities.

Gates and his wsubsidiary companies donate multi-million dollar sums to charities and groups that provide for the less affluent. In addition to that, how many more people would be unemployed or underemployed if Gates didn't create MS Windows and the resulting Windows IT job market that employs hundreds of millions of people world-wide.

His "stolen code" also enabled the internet to become the plaything of modern man as opposed to being a strictly controlled government research tool.
Loodt
1 / 5 (2) Jan 02, 2010
Thank God for the Sane Chinese, they saved us from Global Serfdom!

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