China to hold Asia climate meeting in 2008

China will hold a meeting in Beijing next year for Asian countries to discuss climate change, Reuters reported the Chinese premier Wen Jiabao as telling a summit of East Asian leaders on Wednesday.

Hosting a symposium of this kind is a sign that China is seeking international leadership on climate change, reports said.

At the same meeting in Singapore, the 16 Asian countries, which include India and China, also signed an agreement that aims to stabilise greenhouse-gas emissions.

According to Reuters, the text of the deal said countries "commit to the common goal of stabilising atmospheric greenhouse-gas concentrations in the long run, at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system."

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