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Chinese Official: It Is Unreasonable for Developing Countries to Limit Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Xie Zhenhua, Deputy Director of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), argued that it is unreasonable to expect developing countries, such as China, which has only a few thousand dollars per capita in GDP, to set a limit on greenhouse gas emissions. Xie admitted that, in China, the total amount of greenhouse gas emissions is still increasing. 

Xie contended that “the reasonable growth of greenhouse gas emissions is inevitable” for a developing country. Xie criticized developed countries for not being more responsible. “The more and the earlier (the developed countries) provide capital and technology (to the developing countries), the sooner (the developing countries) will be able to comply with the greenhouse gas emissions cap.”

Source: Xinhua, October 6, 2010