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China has "hijacked" a Copenhagen summit by blocking a legally binding treaty, UK Climate Change Minister David Miliband said on Monday.
China has vetoed efforts to give legal force to the treaty reached at the United Nations climate summit in the Danish capital of Copenhagen, Miliband wrote in the Guardian newspaper.
The country has also hampered agreements on reducing global emissions, he said.
"This is a chaotic process that was exhibited through procedural games," wrote Miliband.
"The procedural dispute, in fact, masks a serious, substantive disagreement."
"The majority of countries, advancing and developing, believe that we will only make eternal covenants that protect the planet if the commitments or actions of all countries are legally binding."
"But some important developing countries are now refusing to approve it, which is why we do not guarantee the agreement that a political agreement signed in Copenhagen will result in a legally binding result," he said.
"We are not getting an agreement on a 50% reduction in global gas emissions by 2050 or 80% reduction by developed countries."
"Both are vetoed by China, although there is coalition support from developed countries and most developing countries."
He added, "The past two weeks have presented a ludicrous picture to the public, and we can no longer allow discussion of the main points to be hijacked in this way."
The summit sets a commitment to curb global warming to two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), but does not elaborate on the importance of global gas emissions targets by 2020 or 2050, which is necessary to reduce air temperatures.The climate change conference also pledged US $ 100 billion to poor countries at risk of enduring the true burden of global warming, but did not receive a definite spending plan. (ant / cax)