Discussion in 'Asia' started by Modbert, Aug 23, 2010.
China's Water Grab - By John Lee | Foreign Policy
Water is the most important natural resource in the world. Everyone needs water and wars have been fought over water before. Yet that is not a possiblity here. China controls the water and the Southeast Asian countries that rely on rivers from China have to face the fact that China will continue take what they need and that need is growing all the time with the industrialization of China. Industries require electricity and water and with China's economy clipping along I do not see them doing much other than superficial gestures.
As to our involvment in SE Asia, it is miniscule, and though it probably rankles the Chinese some, they have much more presence ther than we have.
Fish, bicycle....who gives a fuck?
bad situation when your primary water sources run through a country that can basically say "Fuck Off." Look at how fiesty the arguments out west can get over how the colarado gets allocated, and thats just between states in the same country.
The US is lucky that its main rivers all originate in its borders, makes things alot easier.
yeah of course we pretty much suck the water all out before Mexico gets a shot at it?
Yes, but there are agreements for that as well, from a long time ago actually.
COLORADO RIVER CASE
But if the farmers need the water who are we going to give it to, our people or the Mexicans? Treaties, NAFTA, and other agreements are made to be broken eventually. The world turns and times change just like circumstances. The first order of buisiness for any country is to provide and protect the natural resources for their own use. China will provide for their own just like we will. That is the natural order of things. Power talks!
The Han are a meance to other cultures in Asia.
Of course now that our MOTU have found a way to make a buck of them, we're pretending otherwise.
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