APEC drops 50% emission cut target: China

APEC drops 50% emission cut target: China Singapore: Asia-Pacific leaders will drop a fixed target for halving greenhouse gas emissions in a final summit statement, a Chinese official said on Saturday.

"On the 50 percent reduction target (from 1990 levels) by 2050, yes, it did appear in the draft," said Yi Xianliang, a Chinese foreign ministry official who is part of the country's negotiating team at world climate talks.

"However, it is a very controversial issue in the world community... if we put it in this (final) statement, I think it would disrupt the negotiation process," he told reporters on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit.

Leaders from 21 APEC members including US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao are in Singapore for an annual summit ending tomorrow.

The meeting is one of the last international gatherings ahead of world climate change talks opening in Copenhagen on December 7.

Chinese officials said Hu would attend a breakfast meeting tomorrow called by Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd dedicated to the climate change issue, and would give a speech outlining steps China has taken to battle global warming.

Bureau Report