COPENHAGEN — Japan’s pledge to cut greenhouse gas emissions continues to hinge on whether China and other major developing economies make legally binding reduction commitments, and Beijing’s current negotiating stance does not meet that condition, according to Japanese delegates at the U.N. Climate Change Conference.
“We have to bring China into the fold,” a Foreign Ministry official involved with the negotiations said. “They’re still on the outside with their insistence their plan to cut emissions per unit of gross domestic product by up to 45 percent by 2020 is voluntary. But it can’t be just voluntary,”