China, India on same page on climate change

Updated: 2015-05-16 13:53


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China and India, the two biggest developing countries, came to an agreement on climate change Friday during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Beijing trip.

The two sides said they were fully engaged in their domestic preparations for their respective intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) in the context of the 2015 agreement and will communicate their INDCs as early as possible and well before the UN Climate Conference to be held in Paris in December.

The two countries vowed to enhance high-level bilateral dialogue on domestic climate policies and multilateral negotiations and to further strengthen practical bilateral cooperation, including in areas of clean energy technologies, energy conservation, energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transportation including electronic vehicles, low-carbon urbanization and adaptation.

"The bilateral partnership on climate change is mutually beneficial and contributes to the global efforts to address climate change," said the statement.

The two expressed their full support for the Paris conference and reaffirmed that the 2015 agreement shall be in full accordance with the principles, provisions and structure of the UNFCCC, in particular the principles of equity and common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities, reflecting different historical responsibilities, development stages and national circumstances between developed and developing countries.

"The 2015 agreement shall address mitigation, adaptation, finance, technology development and transfer, capacity building and transparency of action and support in a comprehensive and balanced manner," it said.

Meanwhile, they stressed the equal importance and urgency of implementing the outcomes of the Bali Road Map in order to increase the pre-2020 ambition and build mutual trust amongst countries. The two urged the developed countries to raise their pre-2020 emission reduction targets and honor their commitment to provide $100 billion per year by 2020 to developing countries.

Last November, the United States and China jointly announced their respective post-2020 actions on climate change during the APEC conference held in Beijing.