China and the US are keen on collaborating closely to address global climate change and clear obstacles to a new global deal prior to the December Copenhagen conference.

Officials have claimed that climate change is an area where both countries stand to benefit from increased cooperation, and much to lose if they cannot clinch a deal to restrict greenhouse gas production.

US secretary of state Hillary Clinton said in the summit that both nations should capitalise on their combined economic power to push for change.

“As the world’s two largest emitters of carbon, the United States and China have a responsibility to lead the world in developing and adopting clean technologies, and as two of the world’s largest economies our nations have the power to build a thriving global marketplace for these technologies,” she said.