December 09, 2009


The BASIC group (Brazil, South Africa, India and China) tabled a diluted version of demands on developed countries ostensibly to align with the USA. This has caused severe cracks in the G77+China group. In a move, that appears as retaliatory, the Association of Small Oasis States (AOSIS) that are most vulnerable to rising sea levels due to global warming are likely to come out with their own declaration that may be in variance of the G77+China communiqué. The UK is trying to exploit this crack by trying to whip up support for AOSIS to demand emission cuts from emerging economies like China and India. The likely winner would be the USA due to this distrustful move by India and the rest of the BASIC bloc. (By Bhaskar Goswami)


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