China hurries to deny 1,000-km Brahmaputra tunnel reports, promises cross-border river cooperation
NEW DELHI: China has denied reviews that it’s engaged on a 1,000-km tunnel aimed toward diverting the River Brahmaputra. It categorically denied the report, which appeared in a Hong Kong-based newspaper, and claimed that it stays dedicated to riparian cooperation.
“That is unfaithful. This can be a false report,” Chinese language international ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying advised a media briefing when requested in regards to the report. China will proceed to connect nice significance to cross-border river cooperation, she added.
Beijing’s swift denial comes after Indian information media picked up on the report printed by the South China Morning Publish, a well-liked English every day primarily based in Hong Kong. The denial got here rapidly, maybe pointing to the truth that the report threatened to have an effect on relations not simply with India, but in addition with Bangladesh.
The Brahmaputra is crucial to Bangladesh’s economic system and atmosphere. The large river merges with the Ganga on the plains of Bangladesh to kind the Padma. This mega river and its distributaries go on to create one of many largest deltas and biodiversity hotspots on this planet – the Sundarbans.
Bangladesh and India are additionally a part of the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar (BCIM) Discussion board, a connectivity hall venture that might give China entry to the Bay of Bengal and tie in properly to its One Belt One Street (OBOR) venture.
India too has in latest occasions cried foul of China’s dealing with of riparian points with the Brahmaputra. China had unilaterally began setting up a dam throughout the river. Extra not too long ago, India had accused China of refusing to share hydrological knowledge, making it tough to plan for water-related contingencies.
The report within the South China Morning Publish had mentioned China is perfecting the expertise it is going to require to construct a 1,000-km tunnel from Tibet to the water-starved Xinjiang area. The report had mentioned the expertise is being examined in a 600-km venture linking the plains of China with water sources in Tibet.
(With inputs from PTI)