China Won’t Damage Other Nation’s Interests: Ministry

Amid reports about construction of a dam in Tibet on Brahmaputra River by it, China has said that it will take any step that can damage other nation’s interests.

“China is a responsible country and will not do anything to damage the interests of others,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said.

He was commenting in a bi-weekly briefing in reaction to reports that China was building a dam on Yarlung Zangbu River or Brahmaputra.

On Wednesday, Indian foreign secretary Nirupama Rao had said that India had taken up with China the issue of construction of a dam by it on Brahmaputra River and there had always been a denial of such engagement by Beijing.

“What I want to say is that this matter has been taken up not just once but on a number of occasions with China and China has consistently denied that it is engaged in any such construction activity on the Brahmaputra,” Rao said in New Delhi.

She gave this statement in response to a query on the reported construction at the Zangmu site on the Chinese side of the Brahmaputra river, which was confirmed by the National Remote Sensing Agency (NRSA) as per media reports.

The issue had also figured in the meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao on the sidelines of the ASEAN-India and East Asia Summit in Thailand last month.

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