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BEIJING, June 11 (Xinhua) -- China said on Thursday Japan's announcement of a 15 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions falls short of international expectations to tackle climate change.
"The new target equates to only a two percent advance from Japan's previous pledge in the first commitment period," Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said at a routine press conference.
China has overtaken the United States as the world's biggest producer of carbon dioxide, the chief greenhouse gas, figures released today show.
The surprising announcement will increase anxiety about China's growing role in driving man-made global warming and will pile pressure onto world politicians to agree a new global agreement on climate change that includes the booming Chinese economy. China's emissions had not been expected to overtake those from the US, formerly the world's biggest polluter, for several years, although some reports predicted it could happen as early as next year.