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Olivia Chavassieu
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by Shi Jiangtao in Beijing and Reuters in Copenhagen

SCMP, page A1 and A10, December 10, 2009

1. China has thoughened its stance at the UN climate conference

- position -

2. ... which they say would jeopardise hopes to an agreement

- threaten, put at risk -

3. Xie Zhenhua put it more bluntly on the sidelines of the climate talks

- directly -

4. Analysts said China's muscleflexing underscored deep rifts between the developing and developed worlds

- China's show of strength emphasised huge disagreements -

5. the bleak prospects for a strong global deal

- gloomy, depressing, unpromising -

6. ... part of China's overall strategy for the long-stalled negociations

- deadlocked (no progress has been made for a long time) -

7. Su scoffed at a fast-start fund of US$10 billion a year ...

- mocked the ... -

8. He slammed Washington ...

- attacked, criticised very harshly -

... for failing to rein in its emissions

- curb, slow down -

9. Su said that the success of the Copenhagen talks hinged in part on the US offer

- was partly associated with -

10. He called a unilateral EU cut of 20 per cent insufficient and insincere

- one-sided (decision affecting only one group) -

11. it was a reiteration of China's basic stance

- an emphasis (by repetition) -