mandag 19. juli 2021

Himalayan Dam Celebrated by China Raises Concern Downriver in India

When China celebrated the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party on July 1, among other achievements it highlighted was a mega-dam that the country has built in southeastern Tibet. The latest behemoth dam to spark concern among downriver countries, the 16,000 MW Baihetan Dam, started operations three days before that day, when two of its turbines began generating electricity.

As the Indian writer and foreign policy pundit Brahma Chellaney describes it, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) “loves a superlative.” Writing for the website Project Syndicate, Chellaney also notes that China is the world’s largest manufacturer and exporter. And it has more large dams than the rest of the world combined, says Chellaney, who once served as adviser to India’s National Security Council.

The dams themselves are often superlative. The Three Gorges Dam on China’s Yangtze River is the world’s largest power station in terms of installed capacity, while the Baihetan Dam is billed as the world’s biggest arch dam as well as the world’s first project to use a giant one-gigawatt (GW) hydro-turbine generator.