Brahmaputra river, called Yarlung Tsangpo in China

Guwahati: Arunachal Pradesh MP Ninong Ering has expressed concern over the water dispute between China and India over the Brahmaputra river and has urged the Centre to sign an agreement to put a cap on the hydroelectric power projects on the river in China.

Arunachal Pradesh MP Ninong Ering’s letter to the central government (page 1)
Arunachal Pradesh MP Ninong Ering’s letter to the central government (page 2)

In a letter addressed to Union minister of state for water resources Arjun Ram Meghwal, Ering said, “India, once again, is facing the threat of an impending water war from China.” He pleaded that India should mount diplomatic pressure on China and revisit its water ties with the neighbouring country.

He also added that Bangladesh can emerge as a great ally with India for its interests on this matter. As per reports, China is building a 1,000 km long tunnel to divert the water of Brahmaputra river in Tibet to Xinjiang in northwest China.

Addressing the matter, the MP said: “There is a greater need for a diplomatic intervention from India, so that it doesn’t find itself holding the shorter end of the stick at the end of this ambitious project.”

The MP also suggested that in such cases of water disputes with China, the central government can impose a trade embargo in the northeastern region of India, which is the biggest buyer of Chinese goods.

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