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Chinese engineers are testing techniques that could be used to build a 1,000-km-long tunnel, the world’s longest, to divert water from the Brahmaputra river in Tibet, close to Arunachal Pradesh, to the parched Xinjiang region, a media report said on Monday.

The move, that is expected to “turn Xinjiang into California”, has raised concerns among environmentalists about its likely impact on the Himalayan region, Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported.

Water would be diverted from the Yarlung Tsangpo river in southern Tibet, which turns into the Brahmaputra once it enters India. The proposed tunnel would provide water to China’s largest administrative division, comprising vast swathes of deserts and dry grasslands.

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