BEIJING: China on Thursday abandoned plans to build a major dam on the Brahmaputra River in Tibet, saying it had “no worries” about the project and that Beijing would maintain “good communication.” Less Riparian States – India and Bangladesh.
China Power Construction Corp. President Yan Xiang revealed at a recent conference on China’s plan to build a dam on the Brahmaputra River, reported in the Medog of Tibet, the border with Arunachal Pradesh.
One of the longest rivers in the world, the 3,800-km-long Brahmaputra runs through China, India and Bangladesh and has several tributaries and tributaries.
China “will implement hydropower exploitation down the Yarlung Zhangbo River (Tibetan name of Brahmaputra) and this project will help maintain water resources and domestic security,” Yan said.
Asked about China’s plans to build a dam on the river near the Brahmaputra’s entry into Arunachal Pradesh, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying said at a press conference on Thursday that the Yarlung Zhangbo River is China’s legitimate Haqqa. When it comes to the use and development of cross-border rivers, China always acts responsibly. ”
“We have a policy of development and conservation, and all projects are fully considered for downstream impacts through science-based planning and evaluation and are in the interests of the upstream and downstream areas,” Hua said.
“Yarlung is in the early stages of Zhangbo’s low-reach development plan and evaluation. There is no need to read much about it,” he said.
As a low-level republican state with substantially established user rights to cross-border rivers, the Government of India has consistently expressed its concerns and concerns to the Chinese authorities and urged them to ensure that the interests of the lower states are not harmed by any activities in the upstream region.
“For a long time, China, India and Bangladesh have been very cooperative in hydrological information, flood and disaster reduction and contingency management. We will continue to communicate through existing channels,” a spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry said.
Asked if China would discuss further measures with India and Bangladesh, he said, “Indeed, three countries – China, India and Bangladesh – are in close communication on hydrological information sharing, flood prevention and disaster reduction and contingency management.”
“Good communication will continue as China, India, Bangladesh and other concerned countries move forward. There is no need to worry about this,” he said.
India and China established the Expert Level Procedure (ELM) in 2006 to discuss various issues related to cross-border rivers.
Under existing bilateral memorandums, hydrological information of the Brahmaputra and Sutlej River is provided to India during the China flood.
In this system, China provides data on the Brahmaputra River floods between May 15 and October 15 each year.
The report has raised concerns in India as China has already implemented a US $ 1.5 billion ammunition hydropower station, the largest in Tibet in 2015.
Tibet’s dams are of concern to India as they control the flow of water and release large quantities of water during the war.
Yan said the plan was clearly laid out in the proposals for the country’s 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-25) and its long-term goals by 2035 made by the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC).
The 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025) was approved by the CPC’s flagship policy plan Plenum in October this year. Details of the project are expected to be released after the formal approval of the National People’s Congress (NPC) early next year.
“There is no parallel in history. This is a historic opportunity for China’s hydropower industry,” Yan said at a conference to mark the 40th anniversary of the founding of the China Society for Hydropower.
He said the hydroelectric exploration downstream of the Yarlung Zhangbo River is more than a hydropower project. It also makes sense for the environment, national security, standard of living, energy and international cooperation.
According to a Global Times report, the mainstream of the Yarlung Zhangbo River is the richest water resource in the Tibet Autonomous Region with about 80 million kilowatt hours (kWh), while the 50-kilometer section of the Yarlung Zhangbo Grand Canyon is 70 million kWh. Developed with a 2,000-meter drop, it is the equivalent of three Gorges power stations in the province of Hubei.
Tibet has about 200 million kWh of water, which is about 30 per cent of China’s total.


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