China calls for Japan emission cuts


A senior Chinese climate change negotiator called for Japan’s continuous commitment to greenhouse gas emission reductions.

Japan is obliged to maintain a high emission cut target even if it faces difficulty fulfilling its past pledge, Su Wei, deputy chief of China’s delegation to U.N. climate talks in Doha, told reporters Wednesday.

In 2009, Japan pledged to cut its emissions by 25 percent by 2020 from the 1990 levels.

Su said Japan will remain obliged to reduce emissions and help developing countries do so, although the country does not plan to join in the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol on global warming, starting in 2013.