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China disappointed over Japan's weakened emission cut goal

Updated: 2013-11-16 03:36
By Fu Jing in WARSAW, Poland (

Calling it "backtrack", China's chief climate negotiator Su Wei said he felt "very disappointed" over a reduced target of greenhouse gas emission "announced by a developed country" on Friday at Warsaw's ongoing climate talks of UN.

"We are very disappointed by the announcement by a developed country and this is backtrack of commitments and obligations of reducing greenhouse gas emissions," Su addressed a side event on the role of NGOs in climate change.

After a week of intensive negotiations, Su continued: "I do have much concerns and it lacks of much progress here. I hope the ministers will bring new political momentum to make Warsaw a success," said Su.

Su added that the key of the ongoing negotiations is to make the developed countries to set timetable on delivery of their promises on financial transfer to help developing countries cope climate threats.

Su's comments came as Japan announced a reduced goal of greenhouse gas emission on Friday, which have sparked mounting critics from global community. Su didn't name it.

Japan made the announcement by the end of the first week of negotiations and the higher level of officials including environmental and climate ministers will join the marathon negotiations from coming Monday.

Su said NGOs have played a very important part in international negotiations of climate change and it is a "good sign" to see increasing participation of Chinese local and grassroots NGOs in the process, said Su.

"I hope all of you, joining hands with international NGOs, actively contribute the success of negotiations in Warsaw," said Su at the seminar.

Huang Haoming, executive director of China Association for NGO Cooperation (CANGO) said it is not only the responsibility of the government but also all of the citizens to address the challenges of climate change. "So the NGOs should play active and constructive roles in fighting against climate threats," said Huang.

According to Huang, many NGOs in China, the number of which have already reached half million, have got involved in low-carbon and green initiatives in China. "I found that China's NGOs will get more space to develop as the country has gathered paces to reform and develop," said Huang. "This is the trend."