Source: The Hitavada      Date: 30 Mar 2018 12:57:05


INDIA will welcome the Chinese decision to resume sharing of hydrological data on the mighty Brahmaputra river. The Chinese had suspended the routine exercise in the wake of the Dokalam stand-off between the armies of the two nations, with India opposing China’s bid to build a road close to the Chicken Neck corridor connecting North-Eastern states of the country. Though the Chinese continue to adopt a blow hot, blow cold approach on relations with India, there appears to be some softening in Chinese attitude lately. Its willingness to resume sharing of the flood-related data on Brahmaputra seems to be the part of the effort. The flow of water from the Brahmaputra into India has great bearing on the life the people of North-Eastern India and hence it was critical that the Chinese shared that data with India. The Chinese decision will remove one irritant in Sino-Indian relations. But India’s concerns remain unanswered by China over its feverish dam construction activity on the Brahmaputra. And given the Chinese belligerence no answer is likely to be forthcoming.


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