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China seeks US cooperation on global warming

CHINA wants to increase cooperation with the United States and other nations to reach a deal at global climate talks in December, Vice Premier Li Keqiang said yesterday.

Li's comments come in advance of a major global climate conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, that seeks an international agreement on a treaty to cut greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. It would replace the United Nations' Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012.

Negotiations have been deadlocked for months amid rising doubts about whether a new pact can be reached in time.

China and the US together account for 40 percent of greenhouse gases, and no treaty would succeed without the participation of both nations.

"The Chinese side is ready to strengthen consultation and communication with all the parties, including the American side, so as to continue to work positively and constructively for success in Copenhagen," Li told a summit of academics, business people and officials from the two countries.

"China and the US have different national situations and we are at different development stages, but we face similar challenges in terms of responding to climate change," Li said.

Success in Copenhagen "serves the common interests of all parties, including China and the US," Li said. "Although there are many outstanding issues in the negotiations, as long as all sides can work together, we can find an equitable, reasonable and sustainable solution."

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told the Beijing meeting in a video address that the countries, which often face friction over issues including trade and human rights issues, should take advantage of their combined economic might to push for change. "As always, we are more likely to succeed when we work together," she said.


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