China says climate policy must make room for growth

China unveiled its national climate-change plan on Monday, which stresses the country’s ambitions for continued economic growth over international demands to cut greenhouse-gas emissions.
Ma Kai, director of China’s National Development and Reform Commission, was quoted by Reuters as saying emissions caps that limited the growth of poor nations would do more damage than climate change itself.
“China will not commit to any quantified emissions reduction targets, but that does not mean we will not assume responsibilities in responding to climate change,” Ma told reporters.
China's first national plan on climate change vows to combat global warming through energy saving, agricultural adaptation and forest planting.
Rich countries had shifted manufacturing to poor nations like China and then blamed them for rising pollution, while dragging their feet over commitments to share clean technology, Reuters quoted Ma as saying.
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