China communicating with India on cross-border river issue: spokeswoman
BEIJING, Feb 04, 2013 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
A Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said
Monday that China is maintaining "communication and cooperation"
with India on the issue of a cross-border river and ensure that no
negative impact is caused on the river's lower reaches.
"China has always taken a responsible attitude towards
cross-border river development. China and India are maintaining
communication and cooperation on the cross-border river issue,"
spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a daily press briefing.
Hua's comments came in response to India's concerns about
China's plans to build three hydropower stations on the middle
reaches of the Yarlung Zangbo River, known as the Brahmaputra in
China is committed to carrying out development and protection
at the same time and has given full consideration to the projects'
impact on the river's lower reaches, Hua said.
"The construction of the stations will not impact flood
control or disaster reduction efforts, as well as ecological
environment on the lower reaches," she said.
With an average altitude of 4,500 meters, the Yarlung Zangbo
River is the highest river in the world. It originates in the
glacial regions of the northern Himalayas, runs 2,057 km through
southwest China's Tibet autonomous region, passes into India and
finally meets the Indian Ocean in the Bay of Bengal.
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