China and India Dispute Over Water Data

By M. Grace, September 18, 2017 23:09 PM

Brahmaputra River(Wikimedia Commons)

China and India may have tried fixing the border conflict but they are now reportedly having a dispute over water.

India says that it has not received any hydrological data for the Brahmaputra river from upstream China this monsoon season, despite a mutual agreement, BBC reported.

One of the major rivers in Asia, the Brahmaputra, originates in Tibet and flows down to India before entering Bangladesh where it joins the Ganges river and empties into the Bay of Bengal.

According to a report by BBC, Beijing said that its hydrological stations are being upgraded which means that they cannot share data at the present time. However, BBC confirmed that China continues to share data for the same river with Bangladesh and not with India.

The river data issue of India and China came after the two countries were fighting over disputed Himalayan border area which lasted for more than two months.

"For this year...we have not received the hydrological data from the Chinese side beginning 15 May until now," Raveesh Kumar, spokesperson of India's External Affairs Ministry said last month at a regular briefing.

It can be recalled that the India and Bangladesh have agreements with China that requires the upstream country to share hydrological data of the said river during monsoon season especially between May 15 and October 15.

The data is needed in order to alert the downstream countries in case of flashfloods.

"We don't know the technical reasons behind this but there is an existing mechanism under which China is to provide hydrological data to us," Kumar added.

China said that the reason for not giving updates is because of technical problem.

"Last year, due to the needs for reconstruction after being damaged by the flood and out of such technological reasons as upgrading and renovation, the relevant hydrological stations in China do not have the conditions to collect relevant hydrological data now," China's Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang said at a press briefing last week.



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