In­dia and China join hands for a green fu­ture

Hindustan Times (Patna) - - FRONT PAGE - Chetan Chauhan

NEW DELHI: Even as the bat­tle lines were drawn be­tween devel­oped and de­vel­op­ing na­tions over the Doha cli­mate talks, In­dia and China — key al­lies on this front — agreed to col­lab­o­rate on de­vel­op­ing clean tech­nolo­gies and find­ing so­lu­tions to their en­vi­ron­men­tal prob­lems.

“We (In­dia and China) have sim­i­lar en­vi­ron­men­tal prob­lems and can find joint so­lu­tions,” plan­ning com­mis­sion deputy chair­per­son Mon­tek Singh Ah­luwalia said af­ter sign­ing an agree­ment with Zhang Ping, chair­man of the Chi­nese Na­tional Devel­op­ment and Re­forms Com­mis­sion, on con­duct­ing pi­lot stud­ies in joint ar­eas of in­ter­est.

Both In­dia and China have adopted in­no­va­tive meth­ods to deal with in­creas­ing ur­ban mu­nic­i­pal and water waste, Ah­luwalia said.

To as­sess the ground sit­u­a­tion, In­dia and China will con­duct joint stud­ies and pi­lots that could be scaled up, if found

PACT COMES AT A TIME WHEN THE TWO ARE FIGHT­ING TO PRO­TECT BUSI­NESS IN­TER­ESTS AT DOHA CLI­MATE TALKS

vi­able. “We are also work­ing on sign­ing an agree­ment on col­lab­o­ra­tion in the area of small hy­dro power projects,” Ah­luwalia said.

At the sec­ond strate­gic eco­nomic di­a­logue, In­dia and China also signed an agree­ment with the com­mis­sion to en­hance co­op­er­a­tion in en­ergy ef­fi­ciency. Both the coun­tries have am­bi­tious en­ergy ef­fi­ciency pro­grammes for en­ergy-in­ten­sive sec­tors.

Mean­while, In­dia and China are work­ing in tan­dem at Doha in Qatar to en­sure a sec­ond com­mit­ment pe­riod for the ex­ist­ing Ky­oto Pro­to­col, which ex­pires by the end of this year. “Both of us are sail­ing in the same boat,” said a se­nior In­dian ne­go­tia­tor, adding that the West­ern world – es­pe­cially the EU – has sin­gled out the two coun­tries.

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