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Obama: China must act on climate change

U.S. President Barack Obama says the world cannot wait for China to commit to tackling global warming.

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2007 file photo, acacia logs are seen collected before being transported as the natural forest is seen at right in Pangkalan Kerinci, Riau province, on Sumatra island, Indonesia. Southeast Asia will be hit particularly hard by climate change, causing the region's agriculture-dependent economies to contract by as much as 6.7 percent annually by the end of the century, according to a study released Monday, April 27, 2009. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara, FILE)

SYDNEY (AP) - U.S. President Barack Obama says the world cannot wait for China to commit to tackling global warming.

Obama was speaking in an interview with Australian television broadcast Thursday ahead of a trip to Asia next month.

Asked specifically about China's commitment to curbing greenhouse emissions, Obama told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. that the impulse of the Asian giant's leaders at the moment was to let developed countries deal with the problem first.

He said that "the point we have tried to make is that we can't allow China to wait."

China and the United States are among the world's largest emitters of the gases that cause global warming, though Obama said "no two countries can dictate a solution" to the problem.


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