LONDON/BEIJING, Mar 20 (GCTL) - The European Union has hinted that it hopes to avoid levying its controversial carbon-emissions tax on flights from China, if Beijing introduces its own carbon-trading scheme to cover aviation.
However, the debate is set to continue after China responded by saying that it will take time to set up its own market for the trade in carbon emissions. Peter Liese, a member of the European Parliament and rapporteur for the inclusion of aviation in the EU's Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), said that the EU is willing to negotiate with China.
"We have noticed with great interest that there are discussions about an emissions trading scheme in China. If this scheme also covered aviation, we could exempt flights from China to the European Union," Liese was quoted as saying in a China Daily report.
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