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Hu arrives in US for talks at UN, G20

PRESIDENT Hu Jintao arrived in New York yesterday for a United Nations climate change summit and other meetings.

He will also attend a financial summit of the Group of 20 major economies in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Thursday and Friday.

Hu will take part in the UN climate change summit in New York today, address the UN General Assembly tomorrow and participate in a Security Council summit on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament on Thursday, according to Foreign Ministry officials.

"The objective of the summit on climate change ... is to mobilize the political will and vision needed to reach an ambitious agreed outcome based on science at the UN climate change talks in Copenhagen," UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a note to heads of state.

Political impetus

"I hope that cooperation between and among developed and developing countries can be strengthened, and that the political impetus for a successful deal in Copenhagen will be made manifestly clear to all participants," the UN secretary-general wrote.

Today's summit is convening just 10 weeks before world leaders gather in the Danish capital in December to negotiate a treaty on climate change that takes over after the first phase of the Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012.

"At the meeting, President Hu will call for stronger international efforts on climate change and introduce new measures that China is taking," Vice Foreign Minister He Yafei told a press briefing in Beijing last week.

At the UN General Assembly, the Chinese president will outline China's ideas on how to safeguard world peace, boost common development, promote mutual benefit and seek harmonious co-existence.

On Thursday, Hu will attend a special session of the UN Security Council that will discuss nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, chaired by US President Barack Obama.

Hu will advance China's propositions on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, the peaceful use of nuclear power, nuclear security and other issues concerning the international community, according to Foreign Ministry officials.

Following the UN meetings, Hu will fly to the G20 summit, where he and leaders of other member nations are scheduled to review the progress made since previous summits and discuss further actions designed to assure a global economic recovery.


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