Monday, March 31, 2008

One reason why China should be forced out of Tibet: China's evil designs on Brahmaputra

One reason why China should be forced out of Tibet: China's evil designs on Brahmaputra waters

If China touches Brahmaputra waters, India should declare all-out war on the imperialist China. Now, people should know why China annexed Free Tibet in 1950. Let us hope that there are patriotic Indians who will not countenance another stab in the back after Hindi-Chini bhai-bhai. It is shocking that CPM should be supporting China in the ongoing genocide in Tibet, couched as 'people's war'. Who are the people at war?

Brahmaputra jitters from China project
OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT (Kolkata, Telegraph, 31 March 2008)

New Delhi, March 30: Hints have emerged from China that it may be gearing for a project on the Brahmaputra that threatens drought in India’s Northeast, environment experts and Indian officials claim.

Delhi, however, has decided to ignore the developments and instead volunteered to pay Beijing for help in avoiding floods in the region, government sources here said.

China, despite official disclaimers, has long been suspected of planning to divert the waters of the Brahmaputra — which originates in southwest Tibet as the Yarlung Zangbo or Tsangpo —to its thirsty northwest.

Experts have warned that such a project could trigger an ecological disaster in India’s Northeast and Bangladesh.

In recent weeks, a flood of technical articles has appeared in China backing the diversion plan, indicating Beijing is setting the stage for the project, Indian officials said. They said the Chinese government had also built an airstrip on the river’s banks close to a potential diversion point where a dam could come up.

Himanshu Thakkar of South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers & People, an NGO, said the Chinese project could divert 200 billion cubic metres of water annually to the Yellow River, leaving Assam dry during the lean season.

However, the Union water resources ministry secretary, Umesh Narayan Panjiar, said: “There are no concrete developments. We are watching.”

Other government sources said from all indications, Delhi had no plans to respond till detailed project reports came out in China. “Then it could be too late,” an official said.

The Centre has not carried out any study on the possible magnitude of the impact of a Chinese diversion project, or worked out a contingency plan for Arunachal Pradesh and Assam, the states that would be hit the worst.

Delhi, however, is happy that Beijing has agreed to add two more monitoring stations to its array of three on the Tsangpo/Brahmaputra to forewarn against floods. India has decided to fund the maintenance of the two new stations. China shares weather forecast data from its three existing stations with India.

“They have not asked for money, but at least one of the stations is in a very remote area, so we don’t mind paying for maintenance. It’s a goodwill gesture,” an official said.

Some like the Asom Gana Parishad MP from Assam’s Lakhimpur, Arun Sarma, feel that the government knows something about the Chinese plans but has been “covering it up”. He had asked water resources minister Saifuddin Soz for a clarification but the answer did not satisfy him.

In his reply on December 17, 2007, Soz had quoted a Chinese spokesperson telling a PTI correspondent that Beijing had no plans to divert the Brahmaputra’s waters.

CPM backs China on Tibet; slams BJP/NDA

Krishnakumar P in Coimbatore | March 31, 2008 | 19:03 IST

Backing the United Progressive Alliance government over its stand on Tibet, the Communist Party of India-Marxist on Monday said the Bharatiya Janata Party is trying to spoil India-China relations by criticising the government's stand.

"Not just now, for a long time, India has had the position that Tibet is an integral part of China. India has never recognised it as a separate country," CPM general secretary Prakash Karat said on Monday, the third day of the party's ongoing 19th Congress in Coimbatore.

"These are moves - not only regarding China - by the Western powers, who believe that national sovereignty can be amended or abridged using the framework of human rights and ethnicity," Karat said, stressing that the CPM is against separatism in any part of the world. "Those who play into the hands of such powers will be doing a disservice to our own nation, which too faces a lot of separatist claims," he said.

The BJP had said the UPA government was kowtowing to the Chinese government by keeping quiet on the Tibet issue. 'It is shameful that the government, instead of expressing concern over the use of force by the Chinese government, is adopting a policy of blatant appeasement towards China with scant regard to the country's national honour and foreign policy independence,' the BJP had said.

NDA convenor George Fernandes had also called China potential enemy no. 1. Saying that the BJP was bent on using the Tibet issue for anti-China propaganda, Karat said Tibet is an internal issue of China, which will have to be solved by discussions within the agreed framework of that country.

Asked about the manner in which the Indian ambassador to China was summoned by the Chinese government to voice its concern about Tibet, Karat said it was a diplomatic issue and that the Indian government can very well express regret to the manner in which its ambassador was treated through proper diplomatic channels.

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