BEIJING — China will take part in a climate change meeting this week convened by the U.S. government, a Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman said Tuesday.
Xie Zhenghua, the vice director of the National Development and Reform Commission, China’s economic planning agency, will be the country’s representative at the two-day conference, ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said.
“We wish the meeting a success in promoting better cooperation between major economic entities … to press ahead on the track of the U.N. (Framework Convention on Climate Change) and the Kyoto Protocol,” Jiang said at a regular briefing.
The meeting, starting Thursday in Washington, is the first in a series of U.S.-led gatherings expected to focus on similar themes. It will involve 16 major countries that produce so-called greenhouse gases blamed for global warming. Discussions will center on ways to limit the gas emissions.
The 1997 Kyoto agreement requires 36 industrial countries to reduce the heat-trapping gases, emitted by power plants and other industrial, agricultural and transportation sources, by 2012.
Large developing countries such as China, India and Brazil are exempt from Kyoto obligations. They have argued that emissions reductions should not be allowed to hurt their economic growth and poverty-eradication efforts.
The U.S. has also rejected the Kyoto pact, with President George W. Bush saying that Kyoto-style mandates would damage the U.S. economy and should be imposed on fast-growing poorer countries such as China and India in addition to developed nations.
Instead he is urging industry to cut emissions voluntarily and is emphasizing research on clean-energy technology.
The U.N. will hold its annual climate treaty conference in December in Bali, Indonesia, where the Europeans and others hope to initiate talks for an emissions-reduction agreement to succeed the Kyoto Protocol.