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China seems to be considering a new plan to divert Brahmaputra waters from the upper reaches as it battles hard with severe drought conditions, a development which has sparked fresh fears in India about the Chinese intention. While Beijing last year announced the construction of a $1.2 billion hydroelectric power station on the Brahmaputra (known as Yarlung Tsangpo in China), it continues to maintain that this project will not impact the flow of water to downstream countries like India and Bangladesh.
Confirming the new proposal to China's official news agency, Wang said last week that this plan had come at least 50 years ahead of its time because of the acute water scarcity. Indian officials said they were looking at the situation closely even though there was no evidence yet to suggest any major diversion by China of Brahmaputra.
China of Tibet whose high-altitude glaciers feed into rivers of two of the worlds most populous states, China and India. This article from Japan Focus adds yet more detail to the potential for conflicts over water as China experiments with further damming key rivers that are important not only to India but also to other countries in the region. I am sure you are well aware of China's efforts to secure energy supplies by cottoning up various unsavory regimes worldwide. It turns out that repression at "home" of Tibetan natives is also being done to fulfill strategic objectives: China's plans of building a dam over the Brahmaputra river and diverting water into its arid provinces have been opposed by regional governments in India's northeast.