In an interesting development, China has called on the international community to observe the principles and framework of the Kyoto Protocol and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The appeal was made by Cao Bochun, vice director of the Environment and Resources Protection Committee of the Chinese National People’s Congress. “As a precondition of ensuring healthy human development, tackling climate change is today’s and tomorrow’s basic principle with which we should persist in confronting the problem,” said Cao.

“Common but differentiated responsibilities” stated in the Kyoto Protocol and UN Framework Convention on Climate Change should be the basis and precondition for a rational move in handling climate change, he said. The Chinese legislator said at the forum that “China, as a responsible country, has a resolute and consistent policy in dealing with climate change.”

He also rebutted criticism of China’s increasing greenhouse gas emissions, saying most of the critics have ignored a fact that transfer emissions account for some 30 percent of China’s total greenhouse gas emissions, which means China has shifted some emission pressures from a lot of countries.

That’s another way of saying that the dirty industries of the west, shut up shop and moved to China for lower wage bills and lower environmental standards. And now we are complaining…..