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China vows to cut greenhouse gases
Updated: 2005-12-01 15:19

China urged the US to join the Kyoto treaty Wednesday, rejecting arguments that the pact is flawed because it fails to restrict emissions by developing countries.

An environmental activist erects a 'climate mosaic' in a park across from the site where the UN Climate Change Conference is being held in Montreal, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2005. Over 6,000 of the mini artworks have been contributed by people from around the world, [AP]

China's Sun Guoshunis said his country was already cutting the polluting emmisions, adding it was unfair to expect China and India with the world's largest populations to ask their impoverished people to cut back on energy consumption.

"We really feel pity that the US has not yet, and is not going to join the Kyoto Protocol, not only because of the size of its total emissions, but also because of its higher per capita emissions," Sun, director of the Department of Treaty and Law at the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said in an interview with The Associated Press.

He spoke during the first meeting of the 140 countries that have ratified the Kyoto Protocol since it was signed in 1997 and went into effect in February.

More than 8,000 environmentalists, scientists and government officials were attending the 10-day conference in Montreal. Some 120 environment ministers and other government leaders were expected to arrive next week for the final negotiations.
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