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Chinese president calls for int'l efforts to address climate change

2009-09-23 08:48 BJT

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UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 22 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao said here on Tuesday the international community should tackle global climate change through common development, calling for international joint work and pledging China's continued efforts on this issue.

"Global climate change has a profound impact on the existence and development of mankind and is a major challenge facing all countries," the president said when addressing the UN climate change summit.

Chinese President Hu Jintao addresses the opening ceremony of the United Nations Climate Change Summit at the UN headquarters in New York Sept. 22, 2009. (Xinhua/Shen Hong)
Chinese President Hu Jintao addresses the opening 
ceremony of the United Nations Climate Change 
Summit at the UN headquarters in New York Sept. 
22, 2009. (Xinhua/Shen Hong)

"Climate change is an environment issue, but also, and more importantly, a development issue," Hu said.

"We should and can only advance efforts to address climate change in the course of development and meet the challenge through common development," he said.