India intends to remain engaged with China on the issue of trans-border rivers to safeguard our interests: MEA

India has consistently conveyed its views and concerns on China building a dam on Brahmaputra to the Chinese authorities as a lower riparian State with considerable established user rights to the waters of the trans-border rivers. India has urged Chinese authorities to ensure that the interests of downstream states are not harmed by any activities in upstream areas.

Replying to a media query, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said, government monitors all developments on the Brahmaputra River. He said, Chinese side has conveyed on several occasions that they are only undertaking run-of-the-river hydropower projects which do not involve diversion of the waters of the Brahmaputra.

Mr Srivastava said, various issues relating to trans-border rivers are discussed with China under the ambit of an institutionalized Expert Level Mechanism which was established in 2006, as well as through diplomatic channels. He said, India intends to remain engaged with China on the issue of trans-border rivers to safeguard our interests.