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Kazakhstan and China to jointly construct anti-avalanches facility at Khorgos River

22 january 2013, 14:01
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©RIA Novosti
©RIA Novosti
Kazakhstan and China have agreed to jointly construct a facility at the transborder Khorgos River to prevent avalanches coming down from alpine glacial lakes, according to the country’s Agriculture Ministry.

The agreement was reached during the 10th sitting of the Kazakh-Chinese Committee for Transborder Rivers. Besides, the parties have agreed to construct a number of waterworks facilities at some mid-sized and smaller transborder rivers. The two parties have agreed to complete the joint research work on evaluating water resources of the two nations by 2014. The findings will lay foundation for an Agreement on Water Division between Kazakhstan and China by 2015.

“The talks were held in an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect. The two sides lauded progress in water management issues”, the Ministry’s Press Service reports.

Mid-December 2012 Tengrinews.kz reported, citing Vice Minister of Agriculture Marat Tolibayev, that Kazakhstan plans to settle the issue of transborder rivers with China by 2015.

“Recently China has constructed Karamai Canal to divert water from the Black Irtysh River, which is a tributary of the Irtysh River. Water diverting is growing exponentially and we understand that procrastination [with regards to a possible agreement] is getting more dangerous for Kazakhstan and we are trying to secure an agreement in 2015 and to calculate our expenses from that moment on”, the Vice Minister said at that time while speaking before the Majilis (lower chamber).

“China wants to divide transborder rivers with Kazakhstan “fairly”, which is depending on the number of people living along the rivers banks (…)if we divide the water depending on the number of people living in China and Kazakhstan, we [the Kazakh side] will never reach a win-win solution. So we turned down this particular argument of the Chinese side”, Mr. Tolibayev said at that time.

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