Australia bids to bridge climate gap between China and west

Australia's new prime minister, Kevin Rudd, has proposed to Chinese premier Wen Jiabao that Australia act as a bridge between China and the west on the issue of climate change, Reuters reported on Thursday.

Rudd, who speaks fluent Chinese, made the offer during a 20-minute telephone conversation after Wen called to congratulate him on his decision to ratify the Kyoto Protocol on greenhouse-gas emissions.

Wen had sought Rudd's cooperation in future climate change talks, the Australian national newspaper reported.

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