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China teams up with Pakistan to build Diamer-Bhasha Dam

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  • May 19, 2020
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China teams up with Pakistan to build Diamer-Bhasha Dam

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-II – International relations

In News:

  • China has recently teamed up with Pakistan to build the Diamer-Bhasha dam in Gilgit-Baltistan region. 
  • It has created some tension between India and China since India has laid claims over this region. 

Key takeaways:

  • Power China, one of the biggest Chinese power companies, received a contract to build the Diamer-Bhasha dam. 
  • Once completed, the dam will allow Pakistan to use the waters of the Indus for irrigation.

Important value additions:

Diamer-Bhasha Dam 

  • It is a concrete-filled gravity dam, in the initial stages of construction, on the River Indus between Kohistan district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Diamer district in Gilgit Baltistan. 
  • The dam site is situated near a place called “Bhasha”, hence the name.
  • Its foundation stone was laid by the then Prime Minister of Pakistan in 1998. 

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