White House: Obama, Chinese Premier Hold “Constructive Discussion” on Climate Change Negotiations

Dec 18, 2009 8:18am

ABC News’ Karen Travers reports: COPENHAGEN — As the negotiations on a climate change agreement continue, President Obama met with Chinese Premier Wen for 55 minutes here to try and work out issues that have stalled the overall discussions. The White House called their meeting “a constructive discussion that touched upon all of the key issues including the three the President underscored in his remarks" – emissions reduction, transparency, and financing.  A White House official said the meeting between Obama and Wen was a "step forward' but could not provide details to say why it was considered that. Obama and Wen directed their negotiators to work on a bilateral basis as well as with negotiators from other countries to see if an agreement can be reached here. The U.S. negotiators have now split in half and are sitting down with the Chinese negotiators and in the ongoing multilateral negotiations. When asked how long Obama will stay if there is no deal reached, a White House official said the "intention" is for Obama to be here in Copenhagen for today. Obama is expected to meet later today with Brazilian President Lula and Russian President Medvedev. -Karen Travers

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