China, which could overtake the United States as the world's biggest carbon emitter within the year, is not part of the U.N. Kyoto Protocol, the main plan for capping greenhouse gas emissions, which is in effect up to 2012.
The Yomiuri said that Beijing would express its intention to take part in talks on setting up a post-Kyoto framework in a joint statement to be issued during Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao's visit to Japan from Wednesday.
On Friday, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued its starkest warning yet about the impact of global warming, which is widely blamed on emissions of greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels.
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