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China will consider improving Brahmaputra water mechanism: Khurshid

First published: May 10, 2013, 10:07 AM IST | Updated: May 10, 2013
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China will consider improving Brahmaputra water mechanism: Khurshid
External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid is likely to meet the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang later on Friday.

Beijing: External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Thursday said China has responded positively to India's concerns over dams being built by them on the River Brahmaputra. Khurshid was all praise for the Chinese and said both countries have shown maturity in dealing with the border crisis. Khurshid is likely to meet the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang later on Friday.

"We raised the Brahmaputra issue. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh too raised it earlier. They had a positive response," Khurshid told the media after his nearly three-hour long talks
with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Beijing.

India and China have an agreement on sharing the data of the Brahmaputra waters but do not have any treaty on sharing the river waters. "We can look at whether the same mechanism can be
enhanced and its mandate reworded and another mechanism can be put in place. But the concerns that we have and the disquiet felt among people was referred to them and the willingness to look at how this can be suitably addressed," he said.

New Delhi has said that China's plans to build dams on the Brahmaputra river would affect water flow to India while Beijing says it is just run-of-the mill project that would not hold water. China is currently building dams at Dagu, Jiacha and Jiexu in addition to a 510 MW water project at Zangmu.

With Additional Inputs from PTI

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