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China urges parties concerned to narrow differences for a Paris deal

BEIJING, (Xinhua) — China on Friday urged all parties at the Paris climate change conference to show flexibility, narrow differences and build a consensus for a final deal.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying made the remarks in response to a question regarding the penultimate version of text for the global climate change agreement, which was presented Thursday night by French Foreign Minister and president of the conference Laurent Fabius to negotiators from the 196 parties.

China applauded the text, Hua told a routine press briefing, adding some key problems still needed to be solved, and there was some way to go before a final agreement.

China supports a powerful, ambitious, comprehensive and balanced deal, and has been playing a positive and constructive role in promoting success of the conference, Hua said.

She expounded on China’s efforts in countering climate change, saying the country is confident and determined to meet its promises of cutting its carbon dioxide emissions per unit of the GDP by 60-65 percent from the 2005 level by 2030.

The spokesperson refuted western media’s accusations of China not contributing to the Green Fund, saying the Green Fund is a platform for developed countries to assist developing countries mitigate and adapt to climate change.

“Developed countries should increase contribution to the Green Fund,” she said.

In September, China announced it would provide 20 billion yuan (3.1 billion U.S. dollars) for the establishment of an independent South-South cooperation fund to help the developing countries cope with climate change.

Hua reiterated China will work closely with other parties concerned to promote a just, reasonable and effective solution.

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