The water hegemon
Chinas unrivaled control of rivers and refusal to share water is a dangerous game
China has identified another mega-dam site on the Brahmaputra at Daduqia, which, like Metog, is to harness the force of an almost 3,000m drop in the rivers height as it takes a sharp southerly turn from the Himalayan range into India, forming the worlds longest and steepest canyon. The Brahmaputra Canyon twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in the US holds Asias greatest untapped water reserves.
The countries likely to bear the brunt of such massive diversion of waters are those located farthest downstream on rivers like the Brahmaputra and Mekong Bangladesh, whose very future is threatened by climate and environmental change, and Vietnam, a rice bowl of Asia. Chinas water appropriations from the Illy River threaten to turn Kazakhstans Lake Balkhash into another Aral Sea, which has shrunk to less than half its original size.
In addition, China has planned the Great Western Route, the proposed third leg of the Great South-North Water Diversion Project the most ambitious inter-river and inter-basin transfer program ever conceived whose first two legs, involving internal rivers in Chinas ethnic Han heartland, are scheduled to be completed within three years. The Great Western Route, centered on the Tibetan Plateau, is designed to divert waters, including from international rivers, to the Yellow River, the main river of water-stressed northern China, which also originates in Tibet.
With its industry now dominating the global hydropower-equipment market, China has also emerged as the largest dam builder overseas. From Pakistani--held Kashmir to Myanmars troubled Kachin and Shan states, China has widened its dam building to disputed or insurgency--torn areas, despite local backlashes.
For example, units of the Peoples Liberation Army are engaged in dam and other strategic projects in the restive, Shiite-majority region of Gilgit-Baltistan in Pakistan-held Kashmir. And Chinas dam building inside Myanmar to generate power for export to Chinese provinces has contributed to renewed bloody fighting recently, ending a 17-year ceasefire between the Kachin Independence Army and the government.
As with its territorial and maritime disputes with India, Vietnam, Japan and others, China is seeking to disrupt the status quo on international river flows. Persuading it to halt further unilateral appropriation of shared waters has thus become pivotal to Asian peace and stability.
Otherwise, China is likely to emerge as the master of Asias water taps, thereby acquiring tremendous leverage over its neighbors behavior.
.http://www.taipeitimes.com/Ne ws/editorials/archives/2011/10 /17/2003515941/2
look good but very difficulty to swallow my china man friends,,.
THE DAM YOU JUST MENTIONED ABOVE,,there was a DAM BUST project just done the job,,IT BUST 2 DAYS AGO AND UNFORTUNATELY 2 MAN IN THE
DAM BUST project went with it,,. very sad to loose 2 life for the china man build the DAM,,
WHAT CAN CHINA DO ??