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No climate change plans without India, China: Merkel

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 4, 2009 - 00:19

Washington: German Chancellor Angela Merkel,
on a visit to the US, today 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."

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, November 4, 2009 - 00:19
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