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. China Hits Back On Climate Change After Being Tagged Top Culprit

The Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (MNP) said China's emissions increased by nine percent in 2006 compared with its 2005 output. In the United States emissions rose 1.4 percent from 2005 to 2006.
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Beijing (AFP) June 21, 2007
China on Thursday accused the developed world of hypocrisy on climate change as it defended itself against a report that said it had passed the United States as the world's top emitter of carbon dioxide. A Dutch government research body said Tuesday that China's carbon dioxide emissions -- the main greenhouse gas responsible for global warming -- surpassed those of the United States by eight percent in 2006.

Foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang said China's position was unsurprising because of its rapid economic growth, its massive population and that it was doing a lot of the manufacturing for richer countries.

"China is now a world factory. The developed countries moved a lot of manufacturing industries to China," Qin told reporters.

"A lot of things you wear and you eat are produced in China. On the one hand you increase the production in China, and the other hand you criticise China on the emission reduction issue, so it is unfair."

Qin insisted that China was trying to deal with the issue, but repeated that China was classed as a developing country under the Kyoto protocol and was therefore not obliged to cut its greenhouse gas emissions.

"I'm not sure about how the scientists calculated the costs, but I can tell you that the Chinese government has a responsible and serious attitude to make joint efforts with the international community to curb climate change," he said.

"The emission of China is large, but China has a large population, the emission per capita is low."

In a pointed remark to where Tuesday's report originated, Qin said: "The per capita emission in Netherlands is three times the per capita emission in China."

The Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (MNP) said China's emissions increased by nine percent in 2006 compared with its 2005 output. In the United States emissions rose 1.4 percent from 2005 to 2006.

A few years ago the International Energy Agency predicted that China would overtake the United States as the world's biggest producer of greenhouse gas emissions by 2010.

Earlier this year, the IEA's chief economist Faith Birol revised the estimate, saying the large number of factories and new cars could make it the number one culprit in climate change this year.

Source: Agence France-Presse

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