Speaking at an event hosted at the India Pavillion here at the climate change conference on Sunday, Xie Zhenhua, leader of the Chinese delegation at the talks, lauded India for its leadership in getting the International Solar Alliance underway.
Sources said Xie was not among those slated to speak at the programme on the renewable energy market in India. However, the Chinese leader, it would seem, had stopped by to see the India Pavillion and its programmes.
“He is a senior leader in the climate process so when he came in, he was invited to speak,” said a delegate participating in the programme.
China was among the 121 countries India identified for inclusion in the International Solar Alliance (ISA). Though approached to join the alliance ahead of the climate change conference in Paris in 2015, China neither responded to the invitation nor commented about ISA, maintaining a studied silence on the Indian initiative for nearly two years.