China opposes EU emissions trading scheme

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China's civil aviation regulator is in talks with the European Union to seek changes to the EU emissions trading scheme (ETS), which will kick in next year.

The chief of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), Li Jiaxiang, was quoted in news reports as saying that the ETS, which will impose caps on carbon emissions from airlines flying into Europe, discriminates against carriers from developing countries.

An official in the CAAC's international affairs division confirmed Li's remarks, adding: "We feel it is not fair to less well-off countries, and we have begun talks with the European Union."