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China and India's Disputes Spill Over Into Their Water Supply

Ambika Vishwanath
Board of Contributors
May 22, 2018 | 18:02 GMT
Fishermen get ready to cast their net on the Brahmaputra River, part of a massive river system that India shares with China, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh.

Fishermen get ready to cast their net on the Brahmaputra River, part of a massive river system that India shares with China, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh.

(BIJU BORO/AFP/Getty Images)

Nearly a year after their standoff on the Doklam Plateau began, India and China are trying to get their relationship back on track. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with Chinese President Xi Jinping late last month in Wuhan with just that goal in mind, and though their summit was more spectacle than substance, it was nonetheless a necessary step toward resolution. The informal meeting gave the two leaders a prime opportunity to lay aside, however briefly, their countries' long-standing differences and focus on topics of mutual concern, such as climate change, food security and natural disasters. Yet one related issue was missing from the agenda: water. If Beijing and New Delhi fail to address the matter, the repercussions for the region, its inhabitants and its environment will likely be devastating....

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