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China blocks Brahmaputra tributary to build dam, PM Modi greets Chinese people on National Day


China has reportedly blocked a tributary of the Brahmputra river in Tibet as part of its project to construct a dam even as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi today greeted the people of China on the occasion of the country’s National Day.

The state-run news agency Xinhua was today quoted as saying in the local media that China on Friday blocked a tributary of Brahmputra river as part of its most expensive hydro project.

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“The Lalho project on the Xiabuqu River in Xigaze (which is very close to Sikkim), involves an investment of 4.95 billion yuan (740 million U.S. dollars),” India Today reported today quoting Xinhua.

The development is set to cause concerns for India as this may impact water flow into the lower riparian countries.

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Setting aside such concerns, however, Prime Minister Modi has greeted China on its National Day through Chinese social media platform Weibo.

“Our relations date back to centuries, encompassing spiritualism, learning, art, trade and respect for each other’s civilisation and shared prosperity,” Modi wrote in his post on Weibo.

He wrote,” As I have said earlier, both our countries reflect, in many ways, similar aspirations, challenges and opportunities, and can be inspired by each other’s successes. At a time when the world looks towards Asia, the progress and prosperity of China and India, and our close cooperation, have the potential to shape a peaceful and stable future for Asia. This is a vision I share with President Xi and Premier Li.

In recent times, we have deepened our engagement across the full spectrum of our ties, and laid emphasis on deepening mutual trust and confidence, and expansion of people-to-people ties. And we will continue our endeavours in this direction.”

The Bihar Post/India Blooms News Service

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