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Oct 21, 2009 at 11:09pm IST

India, China stand together on climate issue

New Delhi: Beijing maybe upset with New Delhi on the visit of the Dalai Lama to Arunachal and New Delhi maybe upset with Beijing on its incursions into Ladakh, but when it comes to climate change it was once again Hindi-Chini Bhai Bhai

Minister of State Environment and Forests, Jairam Ramesh said, "Both India and China are collaborating to ensure a fair and equitable outcome at Copenhagen. An outcome that is in keeping with the principles of the Rio Convention of 1992, the Kyoto Protocol of 1997 and the Bali Action Plan of 2007. There is to my mind virtually no difference between the Indian and the Chinese negotiating position."

After days of bilateral ministerial-level talks on climate change, India and China came closer to teaming up on global climate change negotiations than ever before.

Vice Chairman and Minister Development and Reform Commission on Climate Change, Xie Zhenhua said, "The two countries have agreed to set up a working group on climate change that would exchange views on issues concerning international negotiations on climate change."

India and China are among the world's biggest polluters and both have so far taken a united stand on rejecting binding emissions cuts. Today's agreement to work together on climate change maybe a step forward for Sino-Indian relations but it maybe a step backward for Planet Earth.