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18:13 Mar 26 2010

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China, India to jointly research Himalayan glaciers
08:25, March 26, 2010  

India and China are expected to reach an agreement in two weeks on academic research into the melting glaciers in the Himalayan area, a border area crucial to both sides' water supplies, according to the People's Daily.

Jairan Ramesh, secretary of India's Environment Department, noted that the faster retreating glaciers are considered an important area for Sino-Indian bilateral cooperation.

The glaciers in the Himalayan area have been receding at a rapid speed impacted by global climatic changes. (File Photo)

The two countries were close to reaching an agreement when he visited China last September, he said, adding that he believes that bilateral cooperation in glacier research will come to terms within next two weeks.

Ramesh mentioned that the problems arising from melting Himalayan glaciers cannot be solved without concerted efforts of the two countries.

He said that without China's participation in such a gigantic project based on collaboration, India cannot tackle the problems cropping up in the ecosystem of the Himalayan glaciers. In some phase, Bhutan, Nepal and Pakistan will be involved in this project, but China plays a significant role.

Source: Xinhuanet

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