China denies joining water wars between India and Pakistan by blocking a tributary of Brahmaputra river. Beijing is ready to join a multilateral cooperation mechanism with India and Bangladesh to share the waters.
[VIDEO]: How some local Indian media outlets linked the blockage with India’s recent water dispute with Pakistan, trying to create the false impression that China may be interested in taking part in the “so-called water war between the two South Asian countries to give Pakistan silent support.
China and India Agreement
China and India need to reach agreement on how they will manage water from one of the world’s great rivers — the Yarlung-Zangbo-Brahmaputra — before it becomes another serious impediment to relations between the two Asian heavyweights.
Water scarcity already affects large parts of China and India. As their populations grow and income levels rise, forcing up demand for water-intensive food such as meat, the supply situation will worsen. Inevitably, that means tension over water resources.
Open to share waters
China is willing to have multilateral cooperation with India and Bangladesh to share the waters. The proposal is significant as China has no water treaty with India to share the river waters.
It is easy to understand the anger of Indian people as they read recent news reports saying China had blocked a tributary of the Brahmaputra river. Such is a trans-boundary river flowing from Southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region into the northeastern Indian state of Assam and later into Bangladesh. It serves as an important water source for the regions
It is worrying that some local Indian media outlets linked the blockage with India’s recent water dispute with Pakistan. They try to create the false impression that China may be interested in taking part in the “so-called water war between the two South Asian countries to give Pakistan silent support.” China denies this.
China War Sensitivity
India is sensitive to China’s water exploitation on the Brahmaputra as a downstream country. However, China is unlikely to use the waters of the river as a potential weapon for any China War that might occur in the region.