India, China unite on food security at WTO meet in Nairobi

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July 30, 2015 NEW DELHI: India and China have joined hands to present a paper highlighting issues faced by developing countries, including matters related to food security, at the World Trade Organization (WTO) ministerial meeting in Nairobi, a senior official said. The move is aimed at strongly presenting the views of developing countries at the forthcoming ministerial meeting to be held from December 15-18.
During Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to China in May, the two countries had decided to have a special mechanism to discuss issues at the WTO talks as they have similar views on many issues. "India and China are jointly coordinating on WTO issues. It will help in putting forward the views of developing countries in the Nairobi meeting," the official said, adding the group would meet shortly to discuss all the issues which are of interest to developing countries. "India and China will submit a joint paper in the WTO on issues of interest to developing countries," the official added.

Besides food security, the other issues of common interest to India and China include a cut in agrisubsidies by the developed nations. . Both the countries are pitching for a permanent solution on the issue of public stockholding for food security purposes. Ending months-long deadlock, the WTO in November last year acceded to India's demand to remove constraints on the food stockpiling issue.

The WTO's General Council, the highest decision making body of the organisation, accepted India's demand for extending the peace clause till a solution is found on the food stockpiling issue. This has enabled India to continue procurement and stocking of foodgrain.

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