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China, Japan prepare joint statement on global warming

China, Japan prepare joint statement on global warming

China, Japan prepare joint statement on global warming

Updated 19 December 2011, 15:52 AEDT

In an apparent policy shift, China has agreed to ''take notice of'' a Japanese proposal to halve global greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Kyodo news agency reports the two countries are planning to announce the agreement in a joint statement on global warming.

The statement would be issued after a meeting between Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda and Chinese President Hu Jintao next Wednesday in Tokyo.

China, the world's second-biggest carbon emitter after the United States, has opposed setting global emissions reduction targets, fearing Beijing may be forced to cut emissions.

The two leaders are also expected to agree to ''actively participate'' in U.N. negotiations to craft a new carbon-capping framework to replace the Kyoto Protocol in 2012.

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