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Hu, Obama talk climate change

PRESIDENT Hu Jintao and US President Barack Obama exchanged views on bilateral ties and climate change during a phone conversation yesterday morning.

Obama expressed appreciation for China's contribution to the success of the G20 Pittsburgh summit in September, saying that he looked forward to visiting China in November to discuss with Hu issues of mutual concern.

Hu responded by saying, "China is ready to work with the US to further promote the positive, cooperative and comprehensive relationship between the two countries."

On climate change, Hu said the Copenhagen Conference to be held in December will be an important meeting of the international community in the effort to tackle global warming.

"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," he said.

It is essential that any result of the conference embody the basic principles of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol, the Chinese president added.

"With shared challenges and interests in dealing with climate change, cooperation between China and the United States not only benefits collective global efforts against the problem but also is highly significant for the progress of their relations," Hu said.

China is ready to work with all parties, including the United States, to enhance cooperation for a positive result at the Copenhagen Conference, a better collective fight against climate change and a greater contribution to sustainable development worldwide, he said.

Obama said the US is also willing to work with all parties concerned to push for achievements at the meeting. Both the Untied States and China have taken important measures in dealing with climate change, he pointed out.


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