Texf by Tana Shubiao and Du Lu Photoographs by Wong Lei
When the curtain feIl on the 2010 Cancun climate change conference on December 11, substantial progress had been made with respect to climate adaptation, technology transfer, financial support, and capacity building in addition to a reaffirmation of the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol. Pcrhaps the most important achievement of the conference was a rekindling of confidence that international dialogues and multilateralism could provide real results in tackling climate change.
During the Cancun conference, Xie Zhenhua, head of the Chinese delegation, was interviewed by reporters from China International Publishing Group (CIPG) and the local news agency Notimex. During the interview, Xie answered questions concerning issues such as the extension of the Kyoto Protocol and the fast start fund pledged by developed countries at the 2009 Copenhagen conference.
Xie expressed that all governments should take responsibility to promote international talks aiming to tackle climate change, and that China has played an active role in pushing negotiations forward. "´These days, I attend 12 intervicws and meetings each day," he remarked. "We´ve enciured lengthy communication to achieve a winwin outcome. Through bilateral negotiations and talks, China endeavors to promote mutual trust and eliminate misunderstandings. For example, there were disputes on the issue of technology transfer. Then, through negotiating with ministers of other countries, we finaIly reached a consensus."
China showed an active attitude in its communication with other countries, hoping to achieve a satisfying outcome ror all at the Cancun conFerence. "The longer that climate change remains a growing problem, the deeper developing countries will be hurt," Xie noted. "This isn´t the result we´d like to see. So, we´ve done a lot of work to communicate with small island countries and African nations." In addition, Xie met many NGO representatives. Just before the interview, he spent an hour addressing questions from NGO representatives from around the world.