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China and US sign pact on climate

CHINA and the United States yesterday signed an agreement that promises greater cooperation in tackling climate change, energy and the environment.

Chinese and US officials signed the "memorandum of understanding" at the State Department following two days of high-level talks in Washington to discuss economic and other issues.

No immediate details were released of the document but US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said it highlighted the importance of climate change in relations between the two nations.

"It also provides our countries with direction as we work together to support international climate negotiations and accelerate the transition to a low carbon economy," Clinton said.

Chinese State Councillor Dai Bingguo said both countries faced challenges posed by climate change and China was committed to cooperating with the US on the issue.

"We all need to take a strategic and long-term view of China-US dialogue and cooperation in these areas," he said.

"I think our two countries have an important contribution to make to the global efforts to tackle climate change, to ensure energy security and to protect the environment and the only planet we have."


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