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Climate talks: From whether to how


BEIJING, Dec. 6 (Xinhuanet) -- The UN climate talks in Durban are entering their second phase, with ministers from around the world arriving with different priorities. The Chinese delegation, like many others, wants a comprehensive and balanced deal sealed.

It’s been a difficult week in Durban. Delegates have seized the time to finally agree on moving from whether there’s going to be deal to how to come up with a deal. And that requires more signs of compromise.

China is prepared for an acceptable outcome that may not satisfy everyone.

Xie Zhenhua, vice minister of National Development & Reform Commission said: "We support the Kyoto Protocol. And we need a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol. This will determine the success of the talks in Durban."

There have been major setbacks on the two key deliverables for the COP 17.

One is about the Kyoto Protocol. Last Friday in Ottawa, Canada made this a difficult task.

This goes against the philosophy of the current negotiation. On board with Canada are Japan and Russia. China backs the Kyoto Protocol as the cornerstone of the climate regime.

Xie Zhenhua said: "We hope to have an good assessment of the implementation of the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol. This will allow countries to build up political trust. China has always supported the Kyoto Protocol. This is not going to change."

The other disagreement is about funding. The US delegation rejected a proposal on how to raise the Green Climate Fund. But they are seeing progress in the negotiations.

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