UPDATE 1-China rules out linking climate aid to transparency

Fri Nov 19, 2010 12:32pm GMT

(Adds statement from Chinese climate meeting in par 5)

By Chris Buckley

BEIJING Nov 19 (Reuters) - China said on Friday it will not agree to any deal tying climate change aid from rich nations to its acceptance of tighter international checks of its greenhouse gas emissions, which it said will grow for some time.

Huang Huikang, the Chinese Foreign Ministry's special representative for climate change talks, laid bare rifts between Beijing and rich countries, especially the United States, that could trouble high-level negotiations in Cancun, Mexico.

China, the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases from human activity, will be a key player when almost 200 governments meet in Cancun from late this month to try to agree on a "green fund" for poor countries and other building blocks for a comprehensive new agreement to combat global warming.

Cancun is meant to be the stepping stone to a legally binding deal next year that would lock governments into reducing the greenhouse gas pollution holding solar heat in the atmosphere and threatening to trigger dangerous climate change.

Premier Wen Jiabao chaired a meeting of Chinese officials steering climate policy that issued a statement that their government would "work with all sides to achieve a positive outcome in Cancun," the official Xinhua news agency reported.

But even modest gains at the talks appear tough after bickering between China and the United States, the top greenhouse gas emitters that have also sparred over trade and currency ties.

The U.S., European Union and other governments want China, India and other big emerging economies to shoulder firmer international commitments to control and eventually cut their emissions, and to subject those emissions to tighter monitoring.   Continued...

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