Beijing: Minister of State for Environment
Jairam Ramesh on Sunday credited the close cooperation between
India and China at the Copenhagen summit for bringing about a
positive change of climate in bilateral relations.
Ramesh, who headed the Indian delegation to Copenhagen in
December last year, said the two countries are cooperating
"very closely" in climate change negotiations.
While India and China cooperation brought about a change
in climate negotiations, it brought about a change of climate
between the two countries, said Ramesh, who headed India`s
first ministerial delegation to the annual Boao Forum for
Asia, a Chinese sponsored business forum which has gained
prominence since it was established nine years ago.
Ramesh spoke on `Low Carbon Energy: Can Asia lead the
world` and `China and India-Cooperation in 21st Century` at
the forum yesterday and today. He said he would be visiting
Beijing on May 7 and 8 to discuss with the Chinese leaders to
take the cooperation further.
A large Indian delegation comprising captains of Indian
industry business and diplomats took part in the meeting and
FICCI Secretary General Amit Mitra has been elected to the
Board of the Forum, which holds its annual sessions at the
picturesque Boao town of China`s Hainan province.
"India and China have signed an agreement last October
for partnership in climate change and we are cooperating very
closely in climate change negotiations," Ramesh told CCTV in a
"We would like to cooperate in the development of
technology and research in new areas that effect climate
change and I will be visiting Beijing next month to take the
cooperation forward," he said.
India and China worked in close tandem at the Copenhagen
summit, as part of the BRIC framework, and were instrumental
in bringing out a last-minute climate accord.
The close cooperation on the international stage came
even as the bilateral ties were strained by an open spat over
In his presentations at the Boao forum Ramesh, a long
advocate of India-China friendship and floated the phrase
"Chindia" to denote the importance of cooperation, said while
there is some element of competition between the two countries
they should look for more partnerships and collaboration and
opt for more pragmatic solutions.
He said the thinking in the Indian government was that if
India continues to reach out, China would respond.
On low carbon energy, he said the key to energy saving is
technology. While Asia embarks on green growth, it should
avoid the mistakes made by western countries in damaging the
He said while renewable energy is important, India and
China are going to depend on coal for the next two decades. He
therefore emphasise the importance of clean coal technology
and coal gasification technology.
He said nuclear energy which India considers as green
technology too is very important in providing energy back up,
and therefore India would focus on it.
Terming technology as the key to green growth, he said
China and India should cooperate more in generating green
He also said energy conservation and forest management
will play very critical role in green growth and In India and
China will work together in these areas.
Ramesh later left for home from Boao.