22 Dec 2009 11:12:03
China defends actions at UN summit
China has hit back at accusations that it conspired to "hijack" efforts to reach a strong and fair climate deal at the UN summit in Copenhagen.
Britain's energy and climate change secretary Ed Miliband was quoted in the Guardian saying that China, along with other developing countries, had vetoed two agreements on capping carbon emissions during the crucial talks.
However, Beijing's foreign ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu has spoken out against the comments, insisting that the accusations were a deliberate political plot by leaders of richer nations so that they could reduce their carbon commitments.
Although Ms Jiang did not name Mr Miliband in her statement, many believe that she was addressing his accusations.
She said: "The statements from certain British politicians are plainly a political scheme."
Ms Jiang added: "Their objective is to shirk responsibilities that should be assumed towards developing countries, and to provoke discord among developing countries. This scheme will come to nothing."
The UN conference closed last week without the 192 participating countries reaching a legally-binding agreement.http://tinyurl.com/y9doysu