China Energy Projects: India not worried about dam, China continues nuclear programme

Updated On: Jun 17, 2011

India's government says it is not concerned that China will divert or reduce the flow from a major river it shares with India.

Yesterday, India revealed it is using satellites to track the movement of the Brahmaputra River. China is building a major hydroelectric dam, and there had been fears that China might divert the river, which is also a major source of water for India.

But Indian satellite imagery confirmed there is no diversion as yet.

Report: Satellite imagery allays fears of China's diversion of Brahmaputra waters [Times of India, 16 June 2011]

China has been placing increasing emphasis on energy, following electricity shortages and blackouts this year. China decided to import more coal this month, but does not want to rely on energy imports in the long-term.

Earlier this week, Vice Minister for Environmental Protection Li Ganjie announced that China is moving ahead with its nuclear energy programme. He said China has finished safety checks at its 13 existing nuclear plants in the wake of the Fukushima incident.

By October, China will have inspected another 28 plants currently under construction. The new plants will not be approved for operation until they pass the checks.

Separately, officials announced that China is considering plans to subsidize the use of energy-efficient materials and renewable energy technologies in new buildings.

Report and Analysis: After Inspections, China Moves Ahead With Nuclear Plans [New York Times, 16 June 2011]

Report and Analysis: China Takes a New Interest in Energy Efficiency [New York Times, 15 June 2011]

China is also continuing to stake its claim to potential oil and gas resources in the South China Sea. China has dispatched its largest patrol vessel to the area, amid heightened tension over the disputed waters.

The 3,000-tonne Haixun-31 will pass near two potentially oil-rich areas at the heart of the dispute, the Paracel and Spratly Islands. China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan, Brunei and Malaysia have competing claims to the Spratlys, while Beijing and Hanoi are at odds over the Paracels.

The Chinese ship will stop in Singapore before returning to China. This is the first time China has sent a ship to visit a foreign country. While in Singapore, Chinese delegates will hold talks with local maritime officials on sea rescue, anti-piracy measures, and port management.

Report: Beijing sends ship to disputed South China Sea [AFP, 16 June 2011]

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