Much has been written about the reasons that China is dead set against allowing any cultural or political autonomy for Tibet. One reason is Tibetan mineral wealth. But the other huge reason is that the Tibetan Plateau - largest and highest plateau in the world - is the source of water for most if not all major watershed releases across Asia. The Ganges in India, the Mekong in Vietnam and the Yellow in China for example. He who controls Tibet controls the world. Water is transport, crops and energy.<quoted text>
The Three Gorges Dam is an environmental disaster that could never be approved in the US. In fact, it is doubtful that any new hydropower project could be approved in the US.
China's coal-fired power plants generally lack emissions controls on sulfur oxides and nitrogen oxides, which were being installed on US plants until Obama killed the industry.
Even if the US shuts down every coal-fired plant in the country, the new plants constructed in China will overwhelm any reduction in greenhouse gases.
And even more jobs will flee to China.
China wants to grab the balls and give orders.