Coordinating joint positions in most multilateral negotiations is often tricky. In spite of common interests, divergence, and not convergence, is the norm.
When it comes to climate change, outright treachery is the norm.
A glacier meeting the ocean in Antarctica (Bloomberg)
So it is a matter of some satisfaction that India has been able to arrive at a shared vision with Brazil and South Africa (the so-called IBSA group) on the subject. A joint declaration earlier in the month at Pretoria reaffirmed this. Equity and differentiated responsibility of countries was a key element in the statement. Now, India wants to include China as a partner in this venture.
If China does come along, it would certainly make for a formidable bloc. But there’s danger here. Cutting side deals whereby some countries keep on chanting the mantra of equity while one big one gets a cozy deal—with bargains made elsewhere—is very real. India should be alert to that possibility.