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The Thirsty Dragon and Parched Tiger: China’s Plans for Himalayan Super Dam Stoke Fears In India

Via Terra Daily, another look at the China’s plans for a Himalayan super dam: China is planning a mega dam in Tibet able to produce triple the electricity generated by the Three Gorges — the world’s largest power station — stoking fears among environmentalists and in neighbouring India. The structure will span the Brahmaputra River before […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Chinese Threat to Lake Balkhash Fueling Anti-Chinese Feelings in Kazakhstan

Via The Jamestown Foundation’s Eurasia Daily Monitor, a look at how China’s blockage of the Ili River is threatening Lake Balkhash: Kazakhstan’s Lake Balkhash, the 15th largest freshwater lake in the world, may follow the Aral Sea into extinction, Russian researcher Petr Bologov warned six years ago. Not only is the lake threatened by excessive water […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: China’s Cloud Seeding Is No Silver Lining

Via The Economist, a look at China’s efforts to solve its water shortages via cloud seeding: In early March, a small aeroplane being used by a local weather bureau crashed in a village in the southern province of Jiangxi. All five people on board were killed and one person on the ground was injured. Footage […]

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The Thirsty Dragon and Parched Tiger: China’s Dam Building Is a Security Risk for India’s Northeast

Via The Diplomat, a report on how – if a new hydropower project at the Brahmaputra’s Great Bend comes about – northeastern India will have to go to sleep with the possibility of breach of mammoth sized water reservoirs over its head at any time: It may not be outlandish to conclude that the sanction given […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Does China’s Water Use Threaten Kazakhstan’s Big Lake?

Via the Belt & Road News, a report on China’s impact on the Balkhash basin: Climate change, farming and a lack of Cooperation risk another Aral Sea Disaster. The demise of the Aral Sea is a tragic tale often told. Less known is the peril facing Central Asia’s largest remaining lake, Balkhash in eastern Kazakhstan, […]

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The Thirsty Dragon and Parched Tiger: China’s Escalating Water War Against India

Via Times of India, commentary on how, in addition to other asymmetric tactics, China’s Brahmaputra mega-project is a new threat facing India: China’s multi-pronged unconventional war against India has ranged from cyberattacks on critical infrastructure and furtive territorial encroachments to strategic information warfare and an ongoing village building drive to populate uninhabited but disputed borderlands. Water […]

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