Frontpage words - Nov 26, 2009

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Beijing seeks firm goals on climate

by Shi Jiangtao in Beijing
SCMP, page A1 November 26, 2009


1. ... demanding binding pollution targets from rich countries
- compulsory, that can not be dropped -

2. Such an outcome is unlikely with the US holding out against mandatory limits but allows Beijing to claim the moral high ground...
- superior moral standards -

... in the contentious debate
- controversial, that provokes argument -

3. Obama would attend the summit to lay out his goals for US emissions cuts
- to make a detailed plan of -

4. It is the first time Beijing had expressed a clear stance against a proposal ...
- position -

5. hopes for a legally binding agreement have dimmed
- diminished -

6. any developed nation that has not ratified the Kyoto Protocol
- signed -

7. ... with the main parties involved stepping up rhetoric...
- increasing -

... to increase their bargaining power
- number of opposing arguments -

8. Despite their deep-rooted rifts no country can afford ...
- disagreements -

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