China Sets Up U.S. Conflict By Ruling Out New Climate â€˜Regimeâ€™
China, India, South Africa and Brazil said a climate deal planned for 2020 wonâ€™t be a â€œnew regime,â€ threatening confrontation with the U.S. which wants to eliminate a firewall between developed and developing nations. The four nations reined in expectations for the Durban Platform, a mandate agreed last December at United Nations treaty talks in the South African city that said countries aim to hammer out by 2015 a new deal to fight climate change that will enter force in 2020, in a statement released following a meeting of the so-called Basic bloc in Beijing.
â€œThe Durban Platform is by no means a process to negotiate a new regime, nor to renegotiate, rewrite or reinterpret the convention and its principles and provisions,â€ the countries said, referring to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. The outcome of the discussions are governed by â€œin particular the principles of equity.â€