India on Friday confirmed that it has received from China information about a landslide blocking the mainstream of Yarlung Zangbo/Brahmaputra River in the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) in what reflected a positive development in bilateral ties in the wake of the Wuhan consensus reached between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping in April.
On 17 October, the Chinese side informed India about the landslide and on the basis of that information, all relevant authorities of the central government and the state governments concerned had been apprised about the emerging situation to enable them to take necessary precautionary measures, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in response to media queries. He said India was in regular contact with the Chinese side for further updates.
Earlier on Friday, China also claimed that it has been sharing with India the relevant data in the wake of landslide in the lower ranges of Yaluzangbu River. China had stopped sharing hydrological data with India following last summer’s Doklam stand-off which brought the two countries close to a military confrontation.
In June, Modi and Xi met on the sidelines of the SCO Summit in Qingdao and witnessed the signing of an MoU between their two nations concerning cross-border river cooperation.
In a statement here, Chinese Embassy spokesperson Ji Rong expressed confidence that the two countries together would carry out more positive and pragmatic cooperation in different fields and continuously push forward the healthy and stable development of bilateral relations.
“The Chinese side will closely monitor situation of the barrier lake and continue to notify the Indian side on the follow- up developments through bilaterally agreed channels,’’ the spokesperson added.