Monday, August 31, 2009

China India Cooperation in Climate Change issue

Climate change and International trades are two issues on which two largest demographic countries had come together for coorporation and a common stand in international platform.
When these two countries say something jointly in International negotiation then it matters.One of major issue of concern for both countries is the melting of Himalayan Glaciers.India and China have agreed to fight with this problem by callobarative working.Towards the first step they have agreed to jointly conduct research on the impact of climate change on the glaciers in the Himalayan and Tibetan regions.Jairam Ramesh Said after the meeting with his counterpart from China“We discussed institutionalisation of collaboration. The Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology and its Chinese counterpart the Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research will conduct joint research".With the majority of South Asian rivers emanating from the Tibetan plateau, climate change can have a devastating impact in the region.A Chinese team will come to India in the last week of October to finalise the details of the project.“The Chinese have invested a lot in terms of human resources to study glaciology. We are just beginning. A joint research will be better for in-depth findings of what is happening to our glaciers,” Ramesh said.
The minister added that the collaboration between India and China in combating climate change goes beyond this joint research project. Both have staunchly opposed the US Clean Energy and Security Act, also known as the Waxman-Markey bill. The bill has a provision that would grant the US president the power to slap tariffs on imports that have a carbon footprint larger than American-made goods.
“We (India and China) reject the premises of the bill. There is unanimity among developing countries and we will continue fighting it. The Chinese response was instantaneous and they (Chinese) said we will take countermeasures,” Ramesh said.
Shyam Saran, the prime minister’s special envoy on climate change, also said: “In view of the UNCCC (UN Convention on Climate Change), any such move (like the provisions in the US bill) will be illegal…. It is WTO incompatible and deal-breaker for Copenhagen.”
India coming together with china in International negotiation may be good for both China and India in short term but in the long term it may force India with China to accept the binding cap on carbon emissions.India's stand with china is not a choice but neccesity due to unfair politics on international level.China is largest emitter of GHG with global share of 20% while India having almost same population contribute only 5 % to global GHG.

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