Fairfax Fantasy: China will sign up at Copenhagen
THE chief US climate negotiator, Todd Stern, has given his most bullish [bullshit? - Ed] prediction yet of a successful outcome at the forthcoming Copenhagen meeting, saying China is equally keen to achieve a new climate treaty.Don't bet the house on it.
Speaking after the first day of a US-China economic and strategic dialogue between the world’s two powerhouse economies, Mr Stern said that ‘‘on the US side, the issue has risen to the top of the US national security set of priorities’’.
‘‘With respect to prospects, you know, we’re slogging ahead … I think we will end up with an agreement.’’
Mr Stern cautioned that the perspectives of the big developing countries such as China and India were still quite different and the issues difficult, which meant an agreement would not be easy.
‘‘But I do think that we will get there, and I think that there is a lot of interest on the Chinese side fundamentally to arrive at a constructive and successful outcome in Copenhagen.’’
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