Beijing appears to be playing down expectations in the final week of UN climate talks in Copenhagen, while striking a conciliatory tone on the issue of aid from developed nations. Xinhua yesterday recalled an interview with deputy foreign minister He Yafei shortly after it was displayed prominently on mainland news portals. He, who is attending the climate negotiations in the Danish capital, was originally quoted by the agency as saying that 'for the sake of humanity, the Copenhagen conference must succeed'. His quote was used also as the title of the story. About 50 minutes later, Xinhua issued a brief note, saying the title and his quotes should be changed to: 'We must work together for the sake of humanity'. It did not elaborate on why the changes had been made. Top mainland negotiators usually toe the official line - namely that China will try its best to make the talks a success. The change of wording appears to underline Beijing's delicate position in talks, which have reached an impasse due to long-standing rifts between rich and poor countries, and a fresh division among developing countries. China has become a target of criticism over the deadlock since the conference opened last week. 'Apparently, China wants to leave itself some leeway given the glaring differences among major parties and fading hopes for a full and binding deal in Copenhagen,' said Yang Ailun, a Greenpeace China campaigner in Copenhagen. She said China did not want to be seen as the stumbling block to success of the talks, as some Western media have portrayed it. 'Beijing still hopes for the best possible outcome from Copenhagen, but is certainly prepared for the worst.' Analysts have expressed disappointment at the lack of progress in the first week. It has included a rare war of words between the top two carbon emitters, China and the US. Further undermining hope of a breakthrough was a row between emerging economies and those most vulnerable to climate change over whether China, India and other big developing countries should take on mandatory carbon caps. While China said accepting binding targets would hurt its economy, it made a rare gesture to its underdeveloped allies at the weekend. In an interview with the Financial Times published yesterday, He said China was willing to give up its share of funding provided by developed countries in a bid to help poorer countries tackle climate change. 'Financial resources for the efforts of developing countries [to combat climate change are] a legal obligation ...That does not mean China will take a share - probably not ... We do not expect money will flow from the US, UK [and others] to China,' he said. Analysts said China's move was not surprising given its concern over the fragile unity of developing countries, which was under serious threat. Maintaining unity among developing nations would be in the interests of both emerging economies and poorer nations, analysts said. China's concession was also due to the fact that rich nations have so far committed a fast-start fund of only US$10 billion a year till 2012, despite developing countries demanding long-term aid of US$100 billion a year. He, who clashed with US climate envoy Todd Stern last week, said China was well aware of the dirty tricks rich nations had used. 'People will say if there is no deal, China is to blame. This is a trick played by developed countries. They have to look at their own position and can't use China as an excuse. China will not be an obstacle [to a deal].'