The German Chancellor has urged China to do more to stop climate change. Angela Merkel was speaking on her second visit to China as chancellor. However the Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao told Mrs Merkel that while his country had been contributing to climate change for 30 years, other industrialised nations have been doing so for the last 200.
The Chancellor also met the Chinese President, Hu Jintao, to press for co-operation on human rights and the protection of intellectual property. The Chancellor said that she had pointed out to Hu, that the eyes of the world will be on China, especially with the Olympic Games being hosted in Beijing next year.
As an emerging industrial nation – and a big one at that – China’s position on pollution has long drawn criticism from the West. But leaders say bringing emissions down in China is a tougher job there than, for example, in Germany, because the population is bigger, and the economy has not yet reached western growth levels in terms of Gross Domestic Product per capita.