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China to Attend Climate Change Meeting in US

A representative of President Hu Jintao will head a delegation to attend a two-day climate change meeting in the United States, said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu on Tuesday.

"We hope this meeting will be a success in promoting technology cooperation on climate change between the world's major economies and pushing forward the international negotiations along the track of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol," said Jiang at regular press conference.

President Hu's representative will be Xie Zhenhua, deputy minister of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the nation's top economic planner.

The meeting, to be held on September 27 and 28 in Washington, was a proposal by the US President George W. Bush, to set long-term goals on cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

Invited to the meeting in Washington are representatives of the United Nations, European Union member countries, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Africa and Republic of Korea.

The United States, the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases, has refused to ratify the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, which mandates cuts in the greenhouse gases blamed for global warming. The Protocol expires in 2012.

(Xinhua News Agency September 26, 2007)

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