India, China agree to continue cooperation on climate change

Thursday, December 16, 2010

NEW DELHI - India and China Thursday agreed to continue their consultations on climate change negotiations and strengthen bilateral cooperation in green technologies.

A joint communique issued after talks between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao appreciated “bilateral cooperation in the area of mitigating and adapting to climate change” and agreed to strengthen such cooperation.

The two countries also called for continued international adherence to the principles of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its Kyoto Protocol, including that of “common but differentiated responsibilities”.

The statement said that China appreciated India’s hosting of the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties of the Bio-diversity Convention in 2012.

The two sides also signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for cooperation in green technologies.

During signing of the agreement, the Chinese side was represented by Zhu Zhixin, deputy minister of the National Development and Reform Commission, while Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh represented the Indian side.

A part of the BASIC countries bloc, Brazil and South Africa, India and China cooperated with each other in the climate change negotiations.

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