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No climate change plans without India, China: Merkel

world Updated: Jun 11, 2012 16:28 IST

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel, on a visit to the US, on Tuesday said there can be no agreement on efforts to tackle climate change at the UN conference next month in Copenhagen without taking India and China on board.

"There can be no agreement without India and China. No doubt about it, in December, the world will look to us, to the Europeans and to the Americans. And it is true, there can be no agreement without China and India," she said to a round of applause while adressing a joint section of the US Congress.

"But I'm convinced, once we in Europe and America show ourselves ready to adopt binding agreements; we will also be able to persuade China and India to join in," she said.

The first German Chancellor to address a joint session of the US Congress in 50 years, Merkel also called for building a stable partnership with India, China and Russia.

Noting that the world of is both freer and more integrated than ever before, Merkel said: "The fall of the Berlin Wall, the technological revolution in information and communication technology, the rise of China, India and other countries to become dynamic economies -- all of this has changed the world of the 21st century into something completely different from what we knew in the 20th century."

Noting that the NATO remains the crucial cornerstone of common security for US and European allies, Merkel called for building a stable partnership with Russia, China and India.

"There is no doubt NATO remains the crucial cornerstone of our common security. Its security concept is continuously further developed and adapted, to meet challenges of the day. But its foundation and its clear compass for peace and freedom remain unchanged," the German Chancellor said.

"We Europeans, I am convinced, may contribute even more in the future, for we Europeans are currently working on giving a new contractual basis to our European Union. The last signature has just been put on this document," she said.

"This will make the European Union stronger and more capable of action, and thereby turn it into a strong and reliable partner for the United States. We can build stable partnerships on this sound basis, first and foremost with Russia, China and India," Merkel said.

As leader of Europe's largest economy, Merkel pledged to keep working with the Group of 20 major economies, including India, to take coordinated steps to prevent a global financial meltdown like the recent one.

"The cooperation between the Americans and the Europeans is a crucial cornerstone. It is not an exclusive, but an inclusive cooperation. The G-20 have shown they are capable of action. And we need to resist the pressure of those who almost led the nations of this planet to the abyss." she said.