U.S., China pleased with memo

July 29, 2009 at 1:21 AM
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WASHINGTON, July 29 (UPI) -- Both U.S. and Chinese officials expressed satisfaction with a memorandum of understanding they signed on energy, climate change and environment.

The document, calling for closer cooperation between the two countries on these issues, was signed at the two-day U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, which ended Tuesday in Washington.

"The Chinese government attaches great importance to the dialogue between China and the U.S. on enhancing energy, climate change and environment cooperation," the state-run Chinese news agency Xinhua quoted State Councilor Dai Bingguo as saying.

"Despite differences between our two countries in the basic national conditions, stage of development, historical responsibilities and our respective capacities, there exist conditions, common will, the necessity and broad basis for enhancing China-U.S. dialogue and cooperation on these areas."

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was quoted as saying the memorandum was the result of "past efforts including the 10-year framework for energy and environment cooperation, and highlights the importance of climate change in our bilateral relations by creating a platform for climate policy dialogue and cooperation."

She said the document will give direction to both countries as they work together to support international climate negotiations and accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy.

The two countries are the world's worst carbon emitters. Both need to show progress on low-carbon growth issues prior to the U.N. Climate conference in December in Copenhagen.

"Today's agreement sends a clear signal that the U.S. and China are ready to work together on clean energy and climate change," U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said.

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