December 17, 2010 1:04:08 am
In keeping with their close camaraderie on the issue of climate change,India and China on Thursday signed an MoU on green technology that will enable them to jointly explore low-carbon technology solutions to drive their fast-growing economies.
The MoU was one of the six agreements signed by the two countries after talks between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and visiting Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.
Both the countries are in dire need of climate-friendly technologies that will continue to let them grow at near 10 per cent without polluting the environment too much. The MoU is not about sharing or transfer of technology,but would only set up a platform where the two countries can discuss and explore the technologies that can be beneficial to both of them.
The MoU has personal backing of the Prime Minister who is keen to see the close cooperation between the two countries on climate change grow further. In view of the importance of the MoU,Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh was able to get the consent of the Cabinet earlier this week despite the fact that the proposal could not be circulated to all the relevant ministries because of paucity of time. Foreign Minister S M Krishna had joined Jairam in explaining to the Cabinet the urgency of the matter.
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The common positions of the two countries on climate change negotiations was reflected in the joint statement as well,wherein they emphasised the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities in dealing with climate change. The statement said the two sides would continue their joint efforts towards arriving at fair and balanced climate agreements with the aim of further enabling the full,effective and sustained implementation of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and its Kyoto Protocol according to the mandate of Bali Roadmap.
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