China: Dodges All Responsibility, Says Rich Nations Must Take Climate Lead

China will try to persuade rich countries at a U.N.-sponsored climate change conference that opened Friday to transfer more technology to developing countries to help them battle global warming.
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In a speech to open the climate change conference in Beijing, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao repeated China’s long-standing belief that rich countries should take the lead in addressing climate change.

The Associated Press

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao speaks to Danish Climate Minister Connie Hedegaard in Beijing on Friday.

Above: Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao speaks to Danish Climate Minister Connie Hedegaard in Beijing on Friday.

“It took developed countries several decades to solve the problems of saving energy and cutting emissions, while China has to solve the same problem in a relatively much shorter period. So the difficulty is unprecedented,” Wen said.

In a climate change policy paper last month, China said developed countries should contribute at least 0.7 percent of their GDP to help fund poorer countries’ fight global warming.

At the start of the meeting attended by representatives from more than 100 countries, Zhang Ping, director of the National Development and Reform Commission, China’s powerful economic planning body, urged developed countries to set up a fund to support the transfer of environmentally friendly technology to emerging economies, official Xinhua News Agency said. No other details were available.

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