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China, France sign climate change pact

The two countries will strengthen cooperation on a variety of climate change-related environmental issues, including biodiversity, desertification and pollution.
by Staff Writers
Beijing (AFP) Nov 26, 2007
Chinese President Hu Jintao and his French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy on Monday oversaw the signing of a bilateral pact on the fight against climate change.

China and France "recognise the impact of climate change for the survival and development of humanity and recognise the importance and the urgency to fight against climate change and to put in place sustainable development," said the agreement.

The two countries will strengthen cooperation on a variety of climate change-related environmental issues, including biodiversity, desertification and pollution.

The two sides also emphasised the importance of controlling greenhouse gas emissions and pledged to promote technological cooperation in fields including energy efficiency and renewable energy.

They will also establish a bilateral consultation mechanism and hold yearly talks to strengthen dialogue and cooperation on climate change.

The joint statement also said China and France reiterated their commitment to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol.

However, no other specific details were given.

Sarkozy was in Beijing on the second day of a three-day trip to China.

China and France signed nuclear, aviation and other deals on Monday worth around 30 billion dollars.

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