China will take swift counter-measures that could include impounding European aircraft if the EU punishes Chinese airlines for not complying with its scheme to curb carbon emissions, the China Air Transport Association said on Tuesday.And what, pray tell, would the EU do then? Welcome to the New Imperialism...
The warning came as the U.N.'s aviation body expressed concern about the growing threat of bilateral reprisals.
Chinese airlines, which have been told by Beijing not to comply with the European Union's Emissions Trading Scheme, refused to meet a March 31 deadline for submitting carbon emissions data.
A new stand-off looms after EU Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard said the carriers would have until the end of this week to submit their data or face enforcement action.
"Chinese airlines are unanimous on this. We won't provide the data," Wei Zhenzhong, secretary general of the China Air Transport Association, said on the sidelines of an International Air Transport Association (IATA) meeting in Beijing.
EU member states can fine airlines for non-compliance or carry out other reprisals including impounding aircraft.
"We would not like to see a situation of 'you hold up my planes and I hold yours'," Wei said.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
China isn't happy about the European Union's carbon rules: