Sarkozy Warns China About Carbon Emissions

03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Tony Barber, Mure Dickie Financial Times

Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president, warned China on Tuesday that the European Union could penalise cheap imports from high carbon-emitting countries in order to defend European companies that are obliged to meet strict environmental standards.

In a speech to students at Beijing's Tsinghua University, Mr Sarkozy urged China to shoulder its environmental responsibilities as a global economic power which energy experts predict will soon emerge as the world's biggest emitter of carbon dioxide.

He delivered his speech one week before negotiators from 191 countries are due to meet in Bali to start talks on a successor to the Kyoto treaty on climate change. China is expected to play a leading role in the negotiations.

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