Spectacular economic growth in China has a downside: drought
It is impossible to overstate how badly China’s water scarcity presents security issues for the country and its inhabitants, experts note, with agriculture and energy production at the top of the list of impacted sectors. This issue also affects the nation’s neighbors, as water is being diverted from the nearly countries of Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, India, Thailand and Bangladesh. And it promises to raise global commodity prices, Bateman writes, because “without enough water, the production of all raw materials will be materially impacted.”
According to Reuters, China's current five-year plan calls for the country to invest $304 billion in various infrastructure projects. But, as Bateman points out, “with the different backgrounds and views of the various stakeholders — agriculturalists, environmentalists, government, citizens, foreign countries — this is a complex situation without an easy solution.”
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