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India, China ink MoA on climate change; set up JWG

Moving closer on climate issues, India and China today announced setting up of a Joint Working Group to exchange views concerning international negotiations on global warming.

delhi Updated: Oct 21, 2009 14:45 IST

Moving closer on climate issues, India and China on Wednesday announced setting up of a Joint Working Group to exchange views concerning international negotiations on global warming.

The Joint Working Group (JWG), which will hold meetings alternately in China and India every year, is also expected to
discuss respective domestic policies and measures and implementation of related cooperative projects.

The JWG is part of the steps of a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) to boost cooperation on climate change issues signed by Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh and China's Vice Chairman of National Development and Reform Commission Xie Zhenhua.

Ramesh said the MoA was first of its kind for both China and India and the cooperation had fructified within the short
span of less than a month.

Besides the JWG, the MoA also calls for annual meetings of scientists and economists and joint research and
development programmes in areas of solar and wind energy, coal technology and forestry.

"There is no difference between the Indian and Chinese negotiating positions and we are discussing further what the
two countries should be doing for a successful outcome at Copenhagen," said Ramesh, who also held a bilateral meeting
with Xie.