1. Australian Prime Minister John Howard and Chinese President Hu Jintao at news conference
2. Cutaway of Australian clock between, behind the leaders
3. SOUNDBITE: (Mandarin) Hu Jintao, Chinese President:
“We very much hope that this Sydney declaration, will give full expression to the position that the UN framework convention on climate change should remain the channel for the international efforts to tackle climate change. And it should also give full expression to the principles set in the convention, namely the common, but the differentiated responsibilities.”
4. Howard listening to Hu
5. Hu listening to translator
6. SOUNDBITE: (English) John Howard, Australian Prime Minister:
“Some 20 (m) million dollars will be directed towards clean coal technology projects, under the umbrella of the agreement signed between Australia and China concerning clean coal cooperation earlier this year.”
7. Wide of news conference
Prime Minister John Howard met with President Hu Jintao, as Australia’s relations with China took centre stage on Thursday in the lead-up to Sydney’s Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders’ summit.
Mr Howard welcomed Mr Hu at his Sydney office after which they held a joint news conference.
Both leaders spoke of the strong relationship between the two countries.
The loan of two pandas to Australia was part of their announcements, a symbolic indication of the solidarity of their ties.
Hu was asked about China’s stance on climate change, and said his country supported the UN framework for dealing with the problem.
The Howard administration recently changed its stance on global warming, saying it would support hard targets for carbon emissions at the UN conference in Bali in December.
There, negotiations over a post-Kyoto treaty are expected to begin.
China has not been a supporter of carbon emissions limits, as its rapid economic expansion has meant it will rival the US as the world’s largest emitter by the end of this year.
Howard indicated that Canberra would earmark 20 (m) million dollars (he did not specify whether this was Australian or US dollars) for developing clean coal technology, as part of an agreement with China.
The Chinese president and Mr Howard also discussed ways to strengthen bilateral ties between the countries, which share a growing economic reliance on each other.
They were also set to agree to further their security cooperation through an annual strategic dialogue, similar to discussions Australia currently has with the US and Japan, involving foreign and trade ministers.
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