India to remain engaged with China on trans-border river issues: MEA

By The Week

With border talks having made no headway and the long winter haul underway in Ladakh, India is steering clear from any further topics of conflict with China.

Referring to reports of China building a dam on its side of the Brahmaputra, Anurag Srivastava, spokesperson for the Ministry of external affairs (MEA), said China has on several occasions reassured India that its hydroelectric projects are run-of-the-river ones—and do not involve diversion of the Brahmaputra waters.

“As a lower riparian state with considerable established user rights to the water of the trans-border rivers, [the] government has consistently conveyed its views and concerns to the Chinese authorities and urged them to ensure that the interests of downstream states are not harmed by any activities in the upstream areas,” he said.

“We have taken note of some media reports in this regard. Government carefully monitors all developments on the Brahmaputra river,” Srivastava said.

In 2006, India and China established the Expert Level Mechanism to resolve issues relating to trans-border rivers. “We remain engaged with China on the issue of trans-border rivers to safeguard our interests,” Srivastava said.

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