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China refutes British criticism over climate talks

Updated: 2009-12-22 07:58
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BEIJING: Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu early Tuesday morning refuted a British official who said China "hijacked" the climate negotiations in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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The remarks against China by "an individual British politician" contained "obvious political attempts," as they were made with the aim of escaping obligations and fomenting discord among developing countries, said Jiang.

Jiang's comments came after British climate change secretary Ed Miliband's published an article on the Guardian saying China tried to "hijack" the Copenhagen climate conference.

Jiang said such an attack was made in order to shirk the obligations of developed countries to their developing counterparts and foment discord among developing countries, but the attempt was doomed to fail, said Jiang.

"We urge them to correct mistakes, fulfill their obligations to developing countries in an earnest way, and stay away from activities that hinder the international community's cooperation in coping with climate change," she said.

Jiang noted as a result of a concerted efforts of all parties, the Copenhagen conference yielded fruit, reached broad consensus and won support from developing nations.

China had made arduous efforts to push forward the progress of the talks, and contributed to safeguarding the rights of developing countries, which was obvious to all and undoubtable, she said.