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France states it supports India at UNSC from China’s procedural video games




France says it supports India at UNSC against China’s procedural games

Emmanuel Bonne, the diplomatic advisor to French President Emmanuel Macron, reported during his pay a visit to to India that France had been supporting India at the United Nations Safety Council (UNSC) towards China’s techniques of actively playing “procedural video games“. Bonne, who experienced come to India for the yearly strategic dialogue amongst the two nations, claimed on Thursday, “When China breaks the guidelines, we have to be incredibly sturdy and really very clear and this is the perception of our naval presence in the Indian Ocean”.

France supported India on Kashmir challenge: Bonne

“On immediate threats to India, we have constantly been really very clear. Whether it be on Kashmir, we have been extremely supportive of India in the Security Council, we have not let the Chinese enjoy any sort of procedural online games. When it will come to the Himalayas just check our statements, we are perfectly distinct. What we say publicly, we say to the Chinese also privately, there is no ambiguity”, he added.

Speaking on “France and India: Partners for a Steady and Prosperous Indo-Pacific” at an event organised by the Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) reported that France is shut to the QUAD, comprising of the US, Japan, Australia and India” and that the nation may well hold some naval exercised with these nations around the world in future. Regarding the French Navy’s patrols in the Taiwan Strait, Bonne explained that it was not performed as a provocation but to assert the requirement to follow the intercontinental legislation. French Navy is the only European Navy that patrols in the Taiwan Strait.

France’s relations with Pakistan at historic low: Bonne

Bonne slammed Pakistan on the situation of terrorism and outlined that France’s relations with Pakistan had been at a ‘historic low’. “Let us not go for confrontation and I comprehend that it’s a lot less difficult to say this from Paris than from Delhi when you virtually have a trouble in the Himalayas and when you have Pakistan at your border”, stated Bonne. He mentioned that he talked with National Protection Advisor Ajit Doval at the Strategic Dialogue about strategic possibilities as perfectly as the bilateral defence, safety marriage and armed forces cooperation among the two countries. “In certain, we are sharing information, we are maneuvering with each other our navies, our air and house commandments are coordinating. We are developing capacities and cooperating. When it comes to Indian Ocean, we are functioning on maritime surveillance”, he included.

Emmanuel Bonne is likely to contact on other Indian dignitaries in the course of his take a look at. The previous version of the strategic dialogue was held in February 2020 in Paris.


Biden warns leaders of ‘decisive decade’ ahead for climate crisis




Biden warns leaders of ‘decisive decade’ ahead for climate crisis

oe Biden has warned world leaders this is the “decisive decade” to avoid the worst of the climate crisis as he outlined targets for the US to halve its emissions by 2030.

The US president announced a new target to achieve a 50-52% reduction in emissions from 2005 levels by 2030, as he hosted a virtual leaders summit to galvanise international action to curb rising global temperatures.

Mr Biden and Boris Johnson who also addressed the summit, both sought to highlight the opportunity to create good jobs from shifting to clean energy and technology as they urged other countries to follow their lead with action.

That is because existing plans are not nearly enough to meet countries’ commitments under the Paris deal to curb global temperature rises to as little as 1.5C if possible and avoid the most dangerous impacts of climate change.

In the wake of the announcements at the summit, environmental and aid campaigners warned much more ambition was needed to meet the 1.5C goal and action and policies had to deliver on the targets.

And Cop26 President Alok Sharma said the warning lights were “flashing bright red” as planet Earth faced make or break in the next decade.

He said the global community had not yet done enough to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement, as he urged countries to take immediate action to meet targets set out in their national plans, for example by phasing out coal.

The new US target is part of its national climate plan, being submitted as part of its return to the Paris accord, the world’s first comprehensive climate treaty which Donald Trump quit when he was president.

Analysts at Climate Action Tracker said the new US target would reduce the global emissions gap between action pledged and the cuts needed to meet the Paris goals by around 5-10% in 2030, but bigger cuts would be needed for the US to play its part in meeting the 1.5C target.

Opening the summit, Mr Biden said the US was resolved to take action, but could not solve the problem on its own, urging: “All of us, particularly those who represent the world’s largest economies, we have to step up.

“Those that do take action and make bold investments in their people, in clean energy futures, will win the good jobs of tomorrow and make their economies more resilient and more competitive.”

And he warned: “Scientists tell us that this is the decisive decade. This is the decade we must make decisions that will avoid the worst consequences of the climate crisis.

“We must try to keep the Earth’s temperature to an increase of 1.5C,” he said, warning a world beyond 1.5C meant more frequent and intense fires, floods, droughts, heatwaves and hurricanes hitting communities, lives and livelihoods.

This week Mr Johnson announced a “world-leading” target for the UK to cut emissions by 78% on 1990 levels by 2035, which builds on plans to cut pollution by 68% by 2030, the most ambitious among leading economies.

But environmental groups in the UK have warned that policies and action are urgently needed to deliver on the pledges and cut pollution from homes, transport, industry and power supplies.

Addressing the summit,  the PM focused on the role new technology, including carbon storage tech, new crops and cheap hydrogen, could play to tackle the climate crisis, as he welcomed the US’s “game-changing” announcement and highlighted UK action.

“As host of Cop26 we want to see similar ambitions around the world, we are working with everybody from the smallest nations to the biggest emitters to secure commitments that will keep change to within 1.5C.

“I think we can do it, to do it we need scientists in all of our countries to work together to produce the technological solutions that humanity is going to need,” he said.

He also highlighted the need for rich nations to go beyond existing commitments to deliver 100 billion US dollars a year in finance to support developing countries to tackle the climate crisis.

He said climate action was not an “expensive, politically correct, green act of bunny hugging” but could deliver green jobs and growth, and the world could build back better from the pandemic by building back greener.

“Let’s use this extraordinary moment and the incredible technology that we’re working on to make this decade the moment of decisive change in the fight against climate change and let’s do it together,” he urged.

The summit comes after the International Energy Agency warned that global carbon emissions were set for their second biggest increase on record after a sharp drop in 2020 due to the pandemic, with demand for fossil fuels, including coal, pushing climate pollution up to close to 2019 levels.

It also heard from UN secretary general Antonio Guterres, who called for action including ending subsidies for fossil fuels, ramping up investments in renewable energy, an end to coal power plants  and for finance to help developing countries develop cleanly and deal with the impacts of climate change.

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