“THE DRAGON AND THE ELEPHANT SHOULD TANGO,” Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao suggested today.
Wen came up with this quip to emphasise the need for the two Asian giants, whose rivalry has been compared to that between the dragon (China) and elephant (India), to come closer.
Speaking to group of editors and scholars before leaving for Pakistan he said that India and China were partners in cooperation and not rivals.
Wen had warm words of appreciation for his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh describing him as a person “with an open and inclusive mind”.
The Chinese leader mentioned that the Cambridge University had brought out a publication containing speeches by him and Singh whose common theme was the importance of open and inclusive societies.
He distributed copies of that publication with his autograph to those present at the interaction.
Wen mentioned that the Indian Prime Minister had last year sent him a gift package of black tea and in return he had sent Chinese white tea. “That reminds me of how our two countries connect with each other.”
China to provide data of Sutlej river to India
China will provide India with real-time flood data of Sutlej river during monsoon, according to an agreement signed between the two countries.
Under the five year agreement, China will set up a special station in Tibet to monitor rainfall and flood to enable India get advanced warnings.
In turn, India will pay Rs 12 lakh per annum to China. The money will be used by Beijing to maintain the station, sources in the government said.
The flood data will be provided twice every day between June and October every year.
“Since we have five to six hydro electric power projects on the downstream Sutlej, the data will help us operate the projects in a safer environment,” a source said.
Floods in downstream Sutlej have been creating problems on the Indian side.
In July this year, India had renewed a similar agreement with China to get flood data of the Brahmaputra river. The agreement was signed in 2004.
Though China had been providing flood data of the Sutlej, the agreement will help streamline the system, especially during the monsoon season. New Delhi had been paying Rs 12 lakh per annum to China for data of the Brahmaputra.
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Source: Business Satndard