24 October, 2020

Climate Change: "We Must Act Now. And Act Together."

British prime minister has seen the light—in Asia. His trip to India and China this week is aimed at bolstering ties with the twin engines of the world economy...

Climate Change: "We Must Act Now. And Act Together."
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British prime minister Gordon Brown has seen the light—in Asia. His trip to India and China this week is aimed at bolstering ties with the twin engines of the world economy, especially in the light of the US slowdown. He wants Britain's Asian engagement to be raised to the same level as UK's transatlantic relationship with Washington. He also wants India and China to sign on to a post-Kyoto agreement on climate change, an issue on which Britain is trying to establish leadership. As chancellor, he talked of a "new world order" to deal with today's security and environmental challenges. His vision is certainly broader in terms of the West's responsibility—he wants to share prosperity and reform global institutions to make them more equitable. In a pre-departure interview with Seema Sirohi, Brown focused on some important issues. Excerpts:

How do you view India's role in the coming decades—as an equal partner or a bridge country linking the developing and the developed worlds?

The UK stands ready to work closely with India, building on the very close...
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