Hopes to seal a global climate deal in Paris next year have brightened as China and the United States have started a new phase of discussions on curbing their carbon dioxide emissions, the Financial Times reported Sunday.
The development is considered the most promising in almost 20 years of global negotiations to address climate change, as the lack of agreement between the two superpowers has helped torpedo previous rounds of talks, including the 2008 Copenhagen Summit, according to the newspaper. The combined emissions of China and the US nearly approximate the rest of the world’s output, it said.
The two nations have begun detailed discussions about their respective emission-reduction targets ahead of the next United Nations conference on climate change in Paris in 2015.
Xie Zhenhua, China’s chief climate negotiator, told FT that Beijing’s “down to earth” talks with Washington were paving the way for “China and the US to build a new big country relationship”.
“We should be confident that the Paris meeting will not be another Copenhagen,” Xie was quoted as saying. China’s air pollution problem has made it “a must” for Beijing to build a greener economy, he added.
His US counterpart Todd Stern agreed there was more intensity in the current talks between the two nations, the report said.
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