China, Japan highlight post-Kyoto Protocol framework

Updated: 2007-12-03 14:33

BEIJING - China and Japan will participate in constructing a new framework for tackling climate change after the Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012, according to a press communique from the first China-Japan high-level economic dialogue in Beijing.

The two countries pledged to actively tackle climate change under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and said that the post-Kyoto framework should be an effective mechanism with the participation of all major economies with responsible attitudes, the communique said.

The Japanese explained the importance of establishing new negotiation opportunities at the session of the Conference of the Parties to the Climate Change Convention (COP) in Bali, Indonesia, which opened on Monday.

The Chinese side said that it would research the proposal of the Japanese side, the communique said.

Both sides acknowledged the effectiveness of multi-field cooperation in the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate (APP).

They agreed that, to effectively carry out measures to prevent global warming, it was vital to include multi-faceted cooperation under future mechanisms. Both sides agreed to push concerted efforts to tackle public hazards and global warming, according to the communique.

The two countries also pledged to enhance cooperation in expanding experimental zones for recycling, improving water quality in major waterways including the Yangtze, tackling air pollution, and preventing illegal cross-border waste transfers, it said.

China and Japan held their first high-level economic dialogue in Beijing on Saturday. The dialogue mechanism was jointly launched by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and then Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan during Wen's Japan trip in April.

The United Nations Climate Change Conference opened on Monday in Bali, Indonesia, a resort island.

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