China planning mega-dam on Brahmaputra River
January 11, 2021 - China’s government is planning to build a “super dam” on a section of the Brahmaputra river, known as the Yarlung Tsangpo, raising concerns over its potential downstream impact in India and Bangladesh.
The dam is projected to be built in Tibet, along a bend in the river in the vicinity of the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, which Beijing claims as South Tibet. It could generate up to 60 gigawatts of power, according to Chinese state media reports – nearly three times the size of China’s Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze river, the world’s biggest, according to Voice of America.
The power generated would help Beijing meet its clean energy goals and strengthen water security, according to Yan Zhiyong, chairman of the Power Construction Corporation of China, who has called the project a “historic opportunity.”
Military experts in New Delhi, however, underline what they see as serious security ramifications for India of a megadam close to a contested border, VOA said.
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