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US, China need to lead on climate: US senator

A solid partnership between China and the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area.  will be key to assuring an effective global response to the threat posed by a changing climate, US Senator John Kerry Editing of this page by unregistered or newly registered users is currently disabled due to vandalism.  said.

Kerry, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Foreign relations may refer to:
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 Committee, said he was encouraged by his recent discussions in Beijing with senior Chinese officials, business leaders and scientists on the issue.

"Our words and our actions will set the tone," he said at a hearing with experts on China and climate change. "Washington and Beijing will inevitably lead by example."

With the world's largest economy, the United States has historically been the biggest emitter of the greenhouse gases blamed for climate change, but it recently has been overtaken by China.

The United States and China alone are responsible for nearly half the planet's carbon emissions, said Kerry.

"Either we will create the necessary momentum to finally galvanize gal·va·nize  
tr.v. gal·va·nized, gal·va·niz·ing, gal·va·niz·es
1. To stimulate or shock with an electric current.

 a global response, or else we risk a global catastrophe," he said.

"My message to the Chinese was simple: America understands that we have an obligation to lead. But you need to understand that, politically speaking, America will not enter into a global treaty without a meaningful commitment from China to be part of the solution," he said.

The committee's ranking Republican, Senator Dick Lugar Richard Green "Dick" Lugar (born April 4, 1932) is the senior United States Senator from Indiana. He is a member of the Republican Party. Family background
Lugar was born in Indianapolis to Bertha Green and Marvin Lugar.
, said China's responses to climate change to date have been "complex and contradictory."

"The American domestic debate on the issue will be profoundly influenced by perceptions of China?s willingness to set aside doctrinaire doc·tri·naire  
A person inflexibly attached to a practice or theory without regard to its practicality.

Of, relating to, or characteristic of a person inflexibly attached to a practice or theory. See Synonyms at dictatorial.
 positions and agree to verifiable steps to limit greenhouse gas emissions," he warned.
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Date:Jun 5, 2009
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