BEIJING, May 26 (Reuters) - Climate change negotiations late this year need not specify greenhouse gas cuts for the United States and other rich countries, a top Chinese climate policy official said on Tuesday.
In its formal demands for the Copenhagen climate change conference in December, China has said developed nations should vow to cut emissions of greenhouse gases by 40 percent from 1990 levels by 2020 as part of a new global pact.
But Gao Guangsheng, a leading official in China’s National Coordination Committee for Climate Change, told Reuters that figure was an overall goal for all developed countries, and their individual cuts could be negotiated in Copenhagen and beyond.
"What we agree in Copenhagen can set that aside, but some principles can be agreed," Gao said of the 40 percent goal. "Specifically whether it’s 40 or 30 or 20 percent or what, that may not be settled on first. As long as the United States says, ‘I should accept quantified emissions cuts’," said Gao. (Editing by Tim Pearce)