Bush to Meet Leaders of India, China, South Korea

President Bush will be meeting with President Hu Jintao following the G-8 summit held in Japan, as G-8 leaders try to bring China and India on board carbon emission reduction plans. From AFP:

The stalled US-India atomic cooperation pact, six-country diplomacy aimed at ending North Korea’s nuclear programmes, and hard-fought efforts to ratify a US-South Korea free trade pact were to be the key issues, US officials said.

The leaders were also expected to discuss Tuesday’s pledges from the G8 to seek to halve carbon emissions blamed for climate change by 2050, as well as mid-term cuts including from major developing nations like China and India.

AP has more on the G-8 climate change agreement:

Leaders of some of the world’s richest nations praised the agreement, which endorsed President Bush’s insistence that fast-developing countries like China and India join in the effort. But one environmental critic suggested that by 2050 those leaders would be forgotten and “the world will be cooked.”

Details were scant in the statement issued by the Group of Eight. Some could become clearer Wednesday when China, India and six other fast-developing nations sit down with the Group of Eight industrial nations — the United States, Japan, Germany, Britain, Germany, Russia, Italy and Canada — to discuss climate change strategies.

While CNN reports that environmentalists think the agreement doesn’t go far enough.

July 8, 2008 3:00 PM
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