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China launches ‘Water War’ against India by blocking Brahmaputra tributary

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In the wake of India and Pakistan’s latest political hostile, with both the nations conducting precision strikes against each other across the Line of Control (LoC). China has stepped-up for its “Iron Brother” Pakistan by blocking a tributary of the Yarlung Tsangpo river flowing into India from Tibet.

The Yarlung Tsangpo is the upper stream of the Brahmaputra River. A week ago, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a vow to isolate Pakistan internationally after the deadly attack on an Indian Army base on September 18.

According to Yibada Report on 4 October, “China’s excuse for blocking a tributary of the Yarlung Tsangpo River that flows into India is to complete the hydro Lalho project which involves an investment of US$ 740 million.”

After India threatened to abrogate the Indus Waters Treaty 1960, that gives both India and Pakistan control over three rivers flowing within their territories. China intends this as a warning to India, reported FirstPost.

China has been claiming Arunachal Pradesh territory as South Tibet on its political map. The Chinese term for the disputed area of Arunachal Pradesh is Zàngnán.

In June this year, about 250 China’s Peoples Liberation Army soldiers entered Arunachal Pradesh‘s remotest east district of Kameng. These incursions are not the first time, Indian Ministry of Home Affairs has reported 228 incursions in 2010, 213 in 2011 and 426 in 2012.

Adding another salty wave to the water war chants, the former International Cricket Council president Ehsan Mani has criticised BCCI chief Anurag Thakur for his “inflammatory” comments on Pakistan and asked Pakistani cricket officials to come strong and push for stripping off India from hosting International Cricket Council (ICC) events, on Tuesday night.

The next ODI match between India and Pakistan National Cricket Team is scheduled for June 4, 2017 in Edgbaston, England.

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