India and China agree to promote bilateral civil nuclear energy cooperation

January 14th, 2008 - 8:15 pm ICT by admin  

By Ashok Dixit Beijing, Jan.14 (ANI): Welcoming the opportunity for scientists to work together in the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project, India and China on Tuesday pledged to promote bilateral cooperation in civil nuclear energy. They said that this cooperation would be consistent with their respective international commitments, and hope that this would contribute and enhance their demand for energy security and for dealing with risks associated with climate change. The pledge assumes significance in the light of the U.S.-India civil nuclear cooperation agreement of July 18, 2005 and March 1, 2006, as India has approached China, a key memberof the 45-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) for support for thedeal that if approved, could crucially meet India’s demand for energy in times to come. Recognising the challenge that mankind faces from climate change; the two sides reiterated their readiness to join the international community in efforts to address climate change. They welcomed the outcome of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meeting in Bali, Indonesia, in December 2007, and agreed to work closely on the negotiation process set down in the Bali Road Map. (ANI)

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