"China and U.S. Hit Strident Impasse at Climate Talks"

"COPENHAGEN -- China and the United States were at an impasse on Monday at the United Nations climate change conference here over how compliance with any treaty could be monitored and verified.

China, which last month for the first time publicly announced a target for reducing the rate of growth of its greenhouse gas emissions, is refusing to accept any kind of international monitoring of its emissions levels, according to negotiators and observers here. The United States is insisting that without stringent verification of China’s actions, it cannot support any deal."

John M. Broder and James Kanter report for the New York Times December 14, 2009.

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Source: NYTimes, 12/15/2009