- The Indian minister confirmed that there is "total convergence" in the negotiating positions of the two countries. The two countries have agreed to coordinate their views on climate change before major international meeting.
- Both countries are committed to the idea of "common but differentiated responsibilities" of developed and developing countries.
- Neither side will agree to legally binding emission norms.
- Both want to negotiate for higher levels financial assistance and technology transfer in return for promises to do their best to tackle climate change.
- Both sides agreed to oppose trade barriers linked to climate change issues being prosed by developed countries.
- The two delegations agreed to undertake jointly mitigation activities to reduce carbon emission.
Meanwhile, the US has responded to the discussions between China and India on climate change.
Noting that India and China need to be part of the solution on climate change, the United States has said that it would like the two Asian giants to make significant investment in the success of a summit on climate change to be held in Copenhagen in December.Need to improve on this climate change road map
"What we want to see from India and China is a significant investment in the Copenhagen process," the Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, P J Crowley, told reporters yesterday at the daily State Department press briefing.
"They have to be part of the solution if we are going to make progress in dealing with greenhouse gases," Crowley said. He was responding to a question based on an interview given by the Indian Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh to an Indian newspaper in which he said that India and China have agreed to work together on the issue of climate change to withstand the pressure from the west.
Reported in Business Standard, "India and China to be part of the solutions on climate change: US"
If China and India work together, along with some other countries at the UNFCCC, they will pose formidable challenge to those who want these countries to take immediate action on account of climate change. But there are three areas of serious concerns about these key negotiating strategies being adopted by the Asian neighbours.
- They would have done well to note that the understanding of the science of climate is limited, and there are substantive flaws in the theories underlying predictions of global warming.
- While they have consistently refused to accept emission norms, they seem to have not equally strongly emphasized the role of economic development and competitive economic environment in stimulating greater energy efficiency.
- This may have led to commitment on mitigation, but not so much on adaptation. Although adaptation is likely to have a more immediate beneficial impact on the people, reducing their present vulnerabilities to vagaries of nature.