KYOTO — Last week’s announcement by President Barack Obama that the United States would pursue a 17 percent cut in greenhouse gases compared to 2005, followed by China’s announcement of its own emissions reductions target, are positive signs that an agreement will be reached at next month’s Copenhagen conference, Vice Foreign Minister Tetsuro Fukuyama said Saturday.

China announced that it would reduce its greenhouse gases emitted per unit of gross domestic product by 40 percent to 45 percent, also by 2020.

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