Brahmaputra: China denies channelling Brahmaputra waters
BEIJING: China on Tuesday denied a narrative revealed in Hong Kong-based South China Morning Publish, which was extensively reported in Indian newspapers, that it has plans to construct a 1,000-km lengthy tunnel to divert waters of the Brahmaputra from Tibet to its arid Xinjiang area. It described the report as false.
The denial got here from the Chinese language overseas ministry a day after SCMP mentioned that Chinese language engineers had submitted the plan to greater authorities in Beijing for approval, and had been awaiting a nod. The report mentioned that the challenge, which might additionally require environmental clearance, would value $150 billion.
“It is a false report,” mentioned overseas ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying at a media briefing. She added that China would maintain talks on points associated to the river with international locations downstream, that are India and Bangladesh.
“China will proceed to connect nice significance for cooperation on trans-border water sources,” she mentioned. India has causes to fret as a result of China stopped offering it with hydrological information concerning the Brahmaputra river circulation which it had equipped in 2014 to 2016.
Though China has denied the diversion plan, the report helped Beijing alert the Indian public that it has the facility to affect the circulation of Brahmaputra in a drastic method if it needs to, observers mentioned. This is a vital benefit as a result of New Delhi is often reluctant to debate risks for downstream areas as a result of China controls the river’s circulation.
China had assured India in 2010 that it will not construct giant storage dams that would pose severe dangers to India’s Northeast, and merely concentrate on establishing run-of-the-river dams for producing hydroelectricity. It has constructed a 510 mw dam at Zangmu space of Tibet and begun work on three extra dams on the river. Environmentalists have typically expressed concern that the dams can significantly hamper the river’s ecosystem.