India should follow US, China on climate deal: Chinese media

"It is high time that the EU and India, the third - and the fourth-largest emitters, also show they mean business when it comes to limiting the effects of climate change" Chinese official media said.

By: PTI | Hangzhou | Updated: September 5, 2016 11:10 am
climate change, climate change summit, india climate change, china on India, india china, US china climate change, UN, united nations, india should follow climate change deal, latest news Chinese President Xi Jinping (C), UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and U.S. President Barack Obama (R) shake hands during a joint ratification of the Paris climate change agreement ceremony ahead of the G20 Summit at the West Lake State Guest House in Hangzhou, China, September 3, 2016. (Source: REUTERS/How Hwee Young/Pool )

As India resisted pressure from the US and China, who are responsible for around 40 per cent of the world’s carbon emissions, to ratify the Paris climate deal this year, Chinese official media said it is high time India showed it means “business” in limiting climate change effects.

The US and China’s ratification of the Paris climate deal have set an example for “other emerging and industrialised economies”, an oped article in the state-run Global Times said.

“It is high time that the EU and India, the third – and the fourth-largest emitters, also show they mean business when it comes to limiting the effects of climate change,” it said.

India warded off pressure from China and the US at the G20 summit here when the US and China tried to set 2016 as a deadline to ratify the climate deal after they both ratified the pact and handed over the instruments to the UN.

India and several other countries believe they cannot ratify the deal due to various legal impediments, said NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog’s chief Aravind Panagariya, India’s Sherpa at the Summit, on Saturday.

“There is no deadline to my mind but we will make submissions of progress,” Panagariya has said. Monday’s article said the US and China signing the deal is an “incredibly significant act towards the treaty coming into force, as it requires at least 55 countries that together account for at least 55 per cent of global emissions. With China and the US, 26 countries have ratified, accounting for 39.06 per cent of global emissions,” it said.

“It’s fair to say that India has realised the importance of emissions reduction and has made some efforts. Before the Paris climate conference in December 2015, New Delhi submitted a long-term plan to reduce its emissions, pledging to cut fossil fuel emissions intensity by up to 35 per cent by 2030, compared with the 2005 level”, it said.

In June, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said in a joint statement with US President Barack Obama that India had begun the processes to enable the Paris deal to enter into force, it said.

“But while (UN Secretary General) Ban Ki-moon was ‘hopeful and optimistic’ that the agreement can be brought into force by the end of this year, Indian officials don’t seem to think this way. After all, New Delhi has a dilemma to address,” the article said.

“China has gone through a similar development stage to India and it still has made significant commitment towards curbing global warming. India has striven to become a world power and to have a bigger say in international affairs, hence it needs to shoulder its due responsibilities and take actions, regardless of the difficulties, to help save the planet,” it said.

“In this process, China can be a reliable partner. In its proposal last year, India pledged to aggressively ramp up its production of clean energy like solar power, hydropower and wind energy. This entails the transfer of proper technologies from other countries and China can provide a lot of useful technologies and experiences,” it said.

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  1. B
    Sep 5, 2016 at 12:28 pm
    Unless China supports India's NSG entry, India cannot ratify Climate deal. India needs 30% nuclear power to ensure pollution standard and without NSG entry it is not possible.
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      Vincent Chin
      Sep 5, 2016 at 10:18 am
      This is not a matter concerning India alone because climate change impacts the w world and a collective effort. India must definitely ratify the Paris Agreement as soon as possible and must not delay any further. India must show the world it is the responsible power as it claims to be all the time. Else, India is nothing but empty talk and hot air.
      1. D
        Sep 5, 2016 at 12:07 pm
        Its really funny to note that Chinese state owned media has started giving free advice ,which Indians don't cares.Well India is a well matured democratic country which respects all international laws and Indians are capable of taking decisions by them self . So why don't Chinese daily re direct their advice to their own citizens . If China thinks that they can rewrite the international laws accordingly which suits them ,Well nobody will accept those rules.
        1. D
          Sep 5, 2016 at 10:34 am
          When India will be in NSG only then india can sign climate deal ..till then world has to wait
          1. R
            Rock G
            Sep 5, 2016 at 10:44 am
            Your newspaper should lecture China on how not to steal other country's land, islands and seas first before advising India and the EU
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