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No news of resolution of China’s Brahmaputra policy yet

Last September, China had said it couldn't share the data with India due to the upgrade of data collection station in Tibet although an upper riparian state must share the river data with lower riparian states according to the international convention on rivers that pass through more than one country


Beijing: A press release from the Indian Embassy in the capital of has informed that a team of officials of the Ministry of Water Resources held talks with their Chinese counterparts on the cooperation of trans-border rivers, the first after Beijing last year stopped providing the data on the flow of Brahmaputra waters. But beyond bureaucratese, the release says little about progress, if any, in addressing India and Bangladesh’s complaint against China’s big dams on the part of the river that flows through their territory, Yarlung Zangbo (or Tsangpo).

Last September, had said it couldn’t share the data with India due to the upgrade of data collection station in Tibet.

China’s announcement had followed the 73-day long standoff at Doklam over Chinese military’s plans to build a road close to India’s ‘Chicken Neck’ corridor connecting India’s north-eastern States.

has been building big dams on Brahmaputra river to generate hydel power. It operationalised Zangmu hydroelectric project in October 2015. Three more dams are under construction.

While the dams raised concerns of water shortages in India and Bangladesh, which are lower riparian states of Brahmaputra River, said its dams were aimed at generating power and not storing water.

According to officials, the data shared by the upper riparian state, China, to lower riparian states, India and Bangladesh, is essential every monsoon to allow anticipation of the flow of the water and take necessary measures to deal with flooding in India’s northeastern States.

The two-day talks on the 11th meeting of the India- Expert Level Mechanism (ELM) on Trans-Border Rivers concluded yesterday in the Chinese city of Hangzhou. The Indian side was led by Teerath Singh Mehra, Commissioner (B&B), Ministry of Water Resources and the Chinese side by Yu Xingjun, Consul, Department of International Cooperation and Technology, Ministry of Water Resources.

The meeting reviewed the progress made since the earlier meetings of the ELM and their continued cooperation on the provision of hydrological information and emergency management with respect to trans-border rivers, the press release read.

The officials also reviewed the data utilisation report upon provision of hydrological information provided by to India in flood season on Brahmaputra and Sutlej Rivers.

The institutional mechanism of the ELM was established in 2006 to discuss various issues related to trans-border rivers.

Under existing bilateral Memorandums of Understanding, provides to India hydrological information of Brahmaputra River and Sutlej River (Langqen Zangbo) during the flood seasons.

Under the arrangement, provides flood season data of the Brahmaputra river between 15 May and 15 October every year.


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