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China says will cap greenhouse gas output soon, but no date set

Published on Jun 6, 2014 1:41 AM
Smoke rises from a chimney of a steel plant next to residential buildings on a hazy day in Fengnan district of Tangshan, Hebei province on Feb 18, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BONN, Germany (Reuters) - 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 United Nations climate talks said on Thursday.

Mr Xie Zhenhua, vice-chairman of China's National Development and Reform Commission, also welcomed US 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," Mr Xie told reporters on the sidelines of UN 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. Mr Xie said no decisions had been taken about the details of any cap.

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