IPS NEWS AGENCY
BEIJING — China and the United States are wrestling to claim leadership during the upcoming climate change talks in Copenhagen, unveiling proposals to cut greenhouse gases one after the other this week and setting the stage for some tough negotiations. But gauntlets thrown, both face challenges in achieving their pledged targets.
China-the world's third largest economic power and its largest carbon polluter-unveiled its first specific targets to slow carbon emissions. It also announced that premier Wen Jiabao would attend the United Nations summit on global climate change in Copenhagen next month.
The announcement came a day after Washington put its own proposal for reducing emissions on the negotiating table for the first time and said that President Barack Obama would join the meeting.