China urges rich nations
to help poor fight climate change
Oct 29 (Xinhua) China Wednesday called on the developed countries
to lead the international efforts in fighting climate change
and helping developing and poor nations reduce their greenhouse
and industrialised nations should spend at least 0.7 percent
of their gross domestic product (GDP) in helping developing
nations address the climate change, China's cabinet said in
a white paper issued Wednesday.
till now, their spending is far below the level," Xie
Zhenhua, vice director of the National Development and Reform
Commission (NDRC), said while explaining the policy paper
to the press.
the white paper titled "China's Policies and Actions
for Addressing Climate Change", the government stated
that the developed nations should provide financial support
and transfer technologies to help the developing countries
fight against global warming.
developing countries, while developing their economies and
fighting poverty, should also actively adopt strong measures,
reduce their emissions to the lowest degree and fulfil their
duties in addressing climate change, the white paper said.
and the US are the world's largest emitters of greenhouse
gases, but Beijing has argued that the West bears a greater
historical responsibility for global warming and should allow
poorer countries to develop their economies and reduce poverty
as the world fights climate change.
said developed nations should take the major responsibility
for climate change as their greenhouse gas emissions from
1950 to 2000 accounted for 77 percent of the world total.
that China's emissions accounted for 8 percent of the world
total from 1904 to 2004, the official said: "According
to our data, China's current total emissions are almost as
the same size as that of the US."
we should look at the issue fairly and from a historic view."
Chinese government pays high attention to the issue of climate
change," he added.