Skip to Main Content

As a downstream country, India depends on China for collecting and delivering hydrological data and for leaving a regular discharge of the river. The Zangmu dam strengthens China's ability of discharge control and makes India become more dependent on China for flow of what was free-flowing. Although China has assured India that ‘the hydroelectric project it was building on the Brahmaputra river in Tibet will not harm India's interest’ (Indian Express, 2011), the Indian media still expressed their great concerns about the dam. Table 2 presents some sample quotes, expressing concerns and worries regarding the Zangmu project, published by Indian news media in 2010.

Table 2.

Sample quotes discussing the Zangmu hydropower project.

TitleSample text
Chinese disaster in the making India, therefore, has to take immediate actions to engage China in serious discussions on the trans-boundary rivers … We should not remain as mute spectators watching helplessly our neighbor's plans. We have to protect our interests … 
China admits to Brahmaputra project After several years of denying the existence of any river project on the Brahmaputra, China has finally admitted to India that they are indeed building a hydropower project on the river … While India will celebrate the improved trust quotient with China, in reality, it cannot make a huge hue and cry over these projects of an upper riparian state … 
Dam on Brahmaputra The Chinese continue to deny that they are pursuing the much more ambitious ‘Western Canal’ project which will divert the waters of the Brahmaputra to feed arid portions of north-east China. Such denials, or even the assurance that dams on the Brahmaputra will make minimal impact downstream, will be cold comfort to a region like Assam, which is so heavily dependent on the river and its tributaries. 
TitleSample text
Chinese disaster in the making India, therefore, has to take immediate actions to engage China in serious discussions on the trans-boundary rivers … We should not remain as mute spectators watching helplessly our neighbor's plans. We have to protect our interests … 
China admits to Brahmaputra project After several years of denying the existence of any river project on the Brahmaputra, China has finally admitted to India that they are indeed building a hydropower project on the river … While India will celebrate the improved trust quotient with China, in reality, it cannot make a huge hue and cry over these projects of an upper riparian state … 
Dam on Brahmaputra The Chinese continue to deny that they are pursuing the much more ambitious ‘Western Canal’ project which will divert the waters of the Brahmaputra to feed arid portions of north-east China. Such denials, or even the assurance that dams on the Brahmaputra will make minimal impact downstream, will be cold comfort to a region like Assam, which is so heavily dependent on the river and its tributaries. 

Close Modal

or Create an Account

Close Modal
Close Modal