President Hu talks with Obama, upbeat on climate deal

08:12, October 22, 2009      

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Chinese President Hu Jintao, in a telephone talk with U.S. President Barrack Obama yesterday, expressed his confidence that a positive outcome at the upcoming Copenhagen world climate summit in December could be attained, provided the international community has the courage to face the weather pattern challenge.

Hu Jintao said that It is essential any result from the Denmark conference should embody the basic principles of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol, and lock in the achievements of the Bali Roadmap.

Hu was referring to an action plan agreed at the UN climate talks in December 2007 that kicked off the negotiations aimed at finding a broader agreement capable of replacing the Kyoto Protocol which expires in 2012. The process is expected to conclude in Copenhagen in December.

During the conversation with Obama, aimed at breaking the deadlock in international climate negotiations, the two leaders agreed to extend collaboration on tackling global warming between the world's two biggest greenhouse gas emitters.

"Developing cooperation between the two sides on climate change issues would not only benefit the international community in its efforts to tackle climate change, but also have great significance for promoting the development of China-US ties," China’s Xinhua news agency quoted Hu Jintao as saying.

Obama said both the US and China had taken important steps in dealing with climate change, and he said the two should push for concrete and meaningful steps to meet the challenges and make the Copenhagen conference a success.

World leaders met last month at the UN climate change summit in New York, during which Hu pledged that China will "notably cut" carbon intensity by 2020. However, China did not set a specific goal at that time.

There is a good deal of speculation that the two nations will reach a bilateral climate change agreement before the Copenhagen conference begins, some analysts believe.

They said any deal at Copenhagen will need to have the full support of the world's two largest emitters.

U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell said early last month that the US and China are likely to sign an agreement to combat climate change during Obama's visit to Beijing in November. He said a deal between the two nations would help build global confidence in the fight against global warming.

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