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BONN, Germany, June 5 China plans to set a cap
on its soaring emissions of greenhouse gases soon but has not
yet decided when, Beijing's top negotiator at U.N. climate talks
said on Thursday.
Xie Zhenhua, vice chairman of China's National Development
and Reform Commission, also welcomed U.S. measures to combat
global warming, saying that both nations were "working very hard
to address climate change".
"We will try our utmost to peak as early as possible," Xie
told reporters on the sidelines of U.N. talks on global warming
in Bonn, Germany, referring to greenhouse gas emissions.
"Opinions of the scientists and scholars differ quite a lot."
On Monday, a senior advisor to the Chinese government said
China was considering imposing a cap on its carbon emissions
when its next five-year plan comes into force in 2016.
Xie said no decisions had been taken about the details of
Decisions by China and the United States, the top emitters
of greenhouse gases, will set a benchmark for the ambitions of
other nations when world leaders meet at a summit in Paris next
year to agree a new U.N. pact to slow global warming.
A cap would be a radical change. Until now, China has merely
sought to reduce the growth of greenhouse gas emissions, arguing
that it cannot set a cap because it needs to burn more energy to
raise living standards for its citizens.
"We are working very hard to find a balanced equilibrium
between economic development and environmental protection," Xie
told reporters at the talks that involve delegates from about
He said China hoped to define the measures it will present
to the Paris summit in the first half of 2015.
(Reporting by Alister Doyle; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)