NANJING, China: The EU said Monday cataclysmic climate change cannot be averted without Chinese leadership, as the two sides wrapped up a summit with China defending its efforts against global warming.
"We cannot solve the climate challenge to mankind without China taking on leadership and responsibility," Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt said in his capacity as EU president.
"So far our belief is the global effort put on the table for mitigation is not enough... more needs to be done," he said at a post-summit address with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso. Related article: Barroso calls for more effort
Reinfeldt did not specifically criticise a Chinese plan announced last week ahead of global climate talks in Copenhagen to slow growth in its carbon emissions.
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Source: AFP (through Channel NewsAsia), "EU urges China to show leadership on climate change," December 1, 2009,http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1021437/1/.h...