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China to protect Indian interests on dam
January 31, 2013, 9:34 am

The Yarlung Zangbo River. [Xinhua]

The Yarlung Zangbo River. [Xinhua]

China has assured India that there would be no negative impact for its neighbour with the construction of new dams on a major river that is shared by both India and China.

China has clarified its stance on the announcements of the dams on the Yarlung Zangbo River, saying it takes a responsible attitude to using cross-border water resources dismissing media reports that have reported tensions between India and China on the issue.

At a daily press briefing on Wednesday, Hong Lei, foreign ministry spokesman made the comments when responding to a question on the issue.

He asserted that China will safeguard the interests of the countries on the upper and lower reaches of the river.

Lei said, “The Chinese side always takes a responsible attitude towards the exploitation of cross-border rivers and every new project will be planned and reasoned in a scientific way (before being started).”

There have been some concerns in India on how the flows of the river downstream will be impacted.

China had earlier given the go-ahead for the construction of three new hydropower dams on the middle reaches of the river known as Brahmaputra in India and as Yarlung Zangbo in China.

Media reports quoted an energy plan for China’s 12th Five-Year Plan period (2011-2015).

Source: Agencies