India, China to work jointly on eco issues

Ulhas Joglekar ulhasj at SPAMbom4.vsnl.net.in
Wed Dec 8 17:10:30 MST 1999



3 December 1999
India, China to work jointly on eco issues
BEIJING: India and China Thursday agreed to cooperate on environmental
issues and undertake greater coordination at multilateral fora on all such
issues, official sources here said.
This decision was taken during a meeting between minister for environment
and forests T R Baalu and Chinese minister for State Environment Protection
Administration (SEPA) Xie Zhenhua here on the sidelines of a major
international conference on environment.
Both agreed to strengthen cooperation between India and China in the area of
environment protection, since India and China were developing nations
accounting for almost two-fifths of world population, official sources said.
They also stressed the need for a greater coordination of positions while
addressing such issues at multilateral fora. The two ministers met at the
opening of the 11th meeting of parties to the Montreal Protocol on
substances that deplete the ozone layer.
The sources noted that India and China have supported each other in past and
said both Baalu and Xie agreed to continue cooperation at all fora,
including at talks on replenishment of a multilateral fund, which provides
funding of ozone phase-out projects in developing countries. (PTI)
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