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Pelosi urges joint effort

UNITED States House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi yesterday gave a speech at the Tsinghua University in Beijing, calling for closer cooperation between the US and China on tackling climate change.

Pelosi said the focus of her five-day China tour was to promote US-China co°?operation on challenges faced by both countries, such as climate change.

"We address the challenge of climate change as a national security issue," Pelosi said, adding that it was also an economic, health and moral issue.

Pelosi also hailed China's efforts to cope with the global slowdown, its energy-saving and emission-reduction measures and its work developing renewable energy resources.

She said the emission goals and standards China had set were higher and stricter than those set by the US government.

As a guest of Wu Bangguo, chairman of the Standing Committee of China's top legislature, the National People's Congress, Pelosi came to China as US President Barack Obama's administration has emphasized climate change as a new area where the two governments can broaden already wide-ranging engagement.

Citing a UN conference on climate change to be held in Denmark this year, Pelosi said the US and China needed to work closely together for the "post-Kyoto Protocol era."

A new pact on curbing greenhouse gas emissions could replace the Kyoto Protocol, whose first commitment period ends in 2012.


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