Why China “Needs” To Hold Tibet

Oftentimes China is discussed in terms of economic growth or its military expansion in the region. Occasionally news about their environmental problems, including the fact that 28,000 of 50,000 Chinese rivers have disappeared on their maps over the last decade. We also occasionally hear about their human rights abuses or their military occupation of neighboring Tibet.

Very rarely is the continuing occupation of Tibet discussed in light of China’s ecological problems, and the strategic importance of China for maintaining direct control of Tibet (as well as their incorporation of Tibet into China’s logistics network). Beyond simply offering China strategic presence in the Himalayan mountains, control of Tibet offers a great deal of control of South-Eastern Asia’s water resources.
China is a nation which had already contaminated 25% of its original fresh water to the point it cannot even be used for industry in 2010. Only 50% of their fresh water is still drinkable, according to the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection.

If the map doesn’t make it clear enough: the Indus River (to which India owes its name) is sourced in Tibet. The Swaleen (going through Mayamar and Thailand), the Mekong (going through China), Yangtze and Yellow (flowing into China), the Tsangpo (flowing into India), are also all sourced in Tibet. Keep in mind this wasn’t even a complete list!

China’s water problems are not small, and with increasingly warmer and more arid temperatures taking their toll on both food production and water availability, access to bodies of fresh water flowing towards the sea is worth more than gold.

Speaking of gold, China is also the world’s leading exporter and producer of gold, which may indicate a coming shift in the world’s choice of reserve currency. But, none of this will mean anything if they cannot provide their citizens with access to the most basic necessities: namely water and food. These very same factors are also vital to the people living further down the rivers in India, Thailand and Laos. This gives China not only the advantage of increasing their access to water, but allows them to influence policy making in any nation downstream.

The advantage granted to China by its occupation of Tibet is much greater than its ability to station military on high ground in the Himalayas. It allows them to control the entire flow of the Indus, and partially the flow of the Ganges rivers. It isn’t silly to think that the pressure China can apply through these sources of water is likely greater than any they could gain out of stockpiling nuclear weapons: they can fulfill their threats without invoking the anger of the world. In fact, they could fulfill their threats while simultaneously increasing how much water is available to Chinese citizens and agriculture.
Source: www.exposingthetruth.co
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