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Reality Check: China Still Rejects Binding CO2 Targets

Associated Press

BEIJING: China and the United States took small steps toward their shared goal of fighting climate change on Wednesday, but the two sides remain significantly apart over a wider global plan to cut carbon emissions.

China’s chief climate official Xie Zhenhua said China should not be subject to the same rules for greenhouse gas emissions as the United States and other rich countries and that Beijing opposes any attempt to impose them on China at next year’s world climate conference.

The US special envoy Todd Stern said Washington favors every country deciding what it is capable of doing, instead of being categorized either as a developed country or a developing country in deciding how much a country should contribute to reduce climate change.

Xie and Stern made the remarks as Chinese and American officials — including US Secretary of State John Kerry — are meeting in Beijing for two days of high-level bilateral talks, an annual event that aims to forge a more cooperative relationship between the world’s two largest economies.

The difference on the global plan aside, the two countries announced eight joint projects to improve fuel efficiency and other standards on Wednesday.