Extracts from Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang’s Regular Press Conference on March 28, 2018
Q: According to reports, on Monday and Tuesday this week, Indian and Chinese officials met in Hangzhou for talks on an expert-level mechanism on trans-boundary rivers. Do you have more information? Would China agree to share hydrological data for both Brahmaputra and Sutlej rivers with India this year? The Indian government said that the data was not supplied last year.
A: We have taken questions raised by the Indian journalists on the flood reporting cooperation between China and India on this podium before and introduced the relevant situation on the ground. I believe that you are all aware of that. Just as you said, the 11th meeting of the China-India expert-level mechanism on trans-boundary rivers was held in Hangzhou from March 26 to 29. The two sides took stock of the previous meetings under the expert-level mechanism and the bilateral cooperation on flood reporting and emergency handling and agreed to continue with the cooperation on trans-boundary rivers in accordance with the relevant consensus. China stands ready to follow the humanitarian spirit and the goodwill of developing China-India ties to continue with the flood reporting cooperation with India through the existing channels.
Q: Just now you said that China will continue flood reporting cooperation with the Indian side, can we infer that from this year onward that China will share the relevant hydrological data with India?
A: I have made myself clear just now. China has said that it will follow the humanitarian spirit and the goodwill of developing China-India ties to continue with the flood reporting cooperation with India through the existing channels.