US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping announce landmark plan for curbing pollution. Julie Noce reports.
A landmark agreement between the world's two biggest carbon polluters. US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping announced plans to cut their respective emissions in an unprecedented joint climate pact in Beijing Wednesday. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT, BARACK OBAMA, SAYING: "Today I can also announce that the United States has set a new goal of reducing our net greenhouse gas emissions by 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by the year 2025. This is an ambitious goal but it is an achievable goal The two also commented on the ongoing pro democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong - President Obama said the US supports the right of free expression, but President Xi called the protests illegal. (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHINESE PRESIDENT, XI JINPING, SAYING: "Hong Kong's affairs are purely Chinese internal political affairs, which foreign countries should not interfere in in any way." But perhaps the most talked about controversy of Obama's visit is what some people are calling his 'gum gaffe'. During a formal ceremony Obama was seen chewing gum- a habit he says helps curb his smoking. But some people find the custom distasteful, regardless of his reason. Even between friends chatting to each other it's inappropriate, this person says. Obama is now headed to Myanmar to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit.