Progress: Sino-US Agreement On a Successful Climate Conference

A telephone conversation between two of the world’s most powerful presidents is not an everyday event, nor uninteresting. Wednesday the two men discussed the climate change matter and both expressed determination to tackle the issue.

“Although problems remain in talks for a final deal, there are hopes for a positive result at the Copenhagen Conference as long as the convening parties work together closely,” President Hu said, according to the official Xinhua news agency.

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

In Beijing, China’s Prime Minister Wen Jiabao has met with the US delegation of Forum on Strategic China-US Clean Energy Cooperation led by former US Vice President Albert Gore.

According to Xinhuanet, both parties expressed the wish that the two countries should set up common targets and carry out constructive, practical cooperation in developing clean energy and addressing climate changes.

According to the Guardian, the Obama administration is “hoping to win new commitments to fight global warming from China in back-to-back summits” next month, by setting out what action each country will take. Observers fear that such bilateral deals “risk seriously weakening a Copenhagen agreement by allowing the idea of a global limit on greenhouse gas emissions to be abandoned”, the newspaper reports.

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Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Read more:

China Daily: China, US could sign climate deal
The Guardian: US aims for bilateral climate change deals with China and India
Xinhuanet: Chinese premier calls for Sino-U.S. cooperation on clean energy


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