China's Wen, US Obama meets in Copenhagen

Obama met Chinese PM Wen along with leaders from India, South Africa and Brazil on Friday evening over a U.N. climate change pact.

China's Wen, US Obama meets in Copenhagen

U.S. President Barack Obama met Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao along with leaders from India, South Africa and Brazil on Friday evening to hammer out disputes about a U.N. climate change pact.

Obama had been scheduled to meet bilaterally with Wen -- the second time one day -- but the sit-down was extended to included Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, South African President Jacob Zuma, and President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of Brazil.

Those countries make up the "BASIC" bloc of big emerging economies that have stuck together on climate issues.

The meeting began around 7:00 p.m. (1800 GMT) on Friday, pushed back from an original 6:15 p.m. to allow for a larger multi-lateral meeting with other countries to take place beforehand.

Obama and Wen met for nearly an hour earlier in the day.

China and the United States, the world's largest emitters of greenhouse gases, largely hold the key to the success of the talks to form an international pact to fight global warming.

Reuters
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