China preparing national plan for climate change

China is preparing its first plan to battle climate change, reported Reuters on Monday, citing a senior policy adviser.

Zou Ji, a climate policy expert at the Renmin University of China in Beijing, told Reuters the national programme will probably set broad goals for emissions and coping with changing weather patterns.

Beijing’s public reaction to the panel’s finding has been muted, but behind the scenes it is paying attention to rising alarm about global warming, said Zou, who has been a member of Chinese delegations to international climate talks since 2000.

 "All this shows that the Chinese government is paying more and more attention to this issue," he said. "When it’s approved and issued it will be China’s first official, comprehensive document on climate change."

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