Chinese premier meets British, German, Japanese leaders

09:38, December 18, 2009      

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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R) shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama in Copenhagen, Denmark, Dec. 17, 2009. (Xinhua/Liu Jiansheng)

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said Thursday that the Copenhagen climate talks have reached the decisive moment and all parties should focus on consensus in a future-oriented manner and seek common grounds while shelving differences so as to bring hope to the world people.

Wen made the remarks when he met British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama on the sidelines of the UN-led talks being held here.

Wen said many developed countries have tabled quantified emission reduction targets while some developing countries have also set up voluntary goals in curbing emissions, which represents new progress in international cooperation in tackling climate change.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R) shakes hands with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown in Copenhagen, Denmark, Dec. 17, 2009. (Xinhua/Liu Jiansheng)

The key to fighting climate change is to follow the principle of "common but differentiated responsibilities," Wen said. Countries should deliver their commitments in earnest and enhance mutual trust instead of harboring mistrust or even confronting with each other, he added.

China is always true in word and resolute in deed, Wen said, adding that the Chinese side will overcome difficulties to realize the goal of curbing greenhouse gas emissions.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R) shakes hands with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Copenhagen, Denmark, Dec. 17, 2009. (Xinhua/Liu Jiansheng)

Wen also said China's work in this regard is open and transparent and is subject to the supervision of domestic laws and media, and China is willing to conduct international exchanges, dialogues and cooperation in information disclosure.

Brown, Merkel and Hatoyama spoke highly of China's efforts in dealing with climate change and introduced their own countries' positions during the climate talks.

They also expressed willingness to strengthen cooperation with China to strive for achieving positive results at the summit.

Wen also attended a banquet hosted by Danish Queen Margrethe II for world leaders at the summit.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R) shakes hands with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Copenhagen, Denmark, Dec. 17, 2009. (Xinhua/Liu Jiansheng)

Source: Xinhua
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