Months of heavy rain have battered China with record floods. And there are growing fears that the Three Gorges Dam may break. A breach of the dam would wipe out the homes of millions of Chinese. And it would likely destroy many of China’s pharmaceutical factories—which produce the drug precursors that the world relies on.
But the problem with Asia’s waters goes far beyond the Three Gorges Dam. To really understand what’s going on, we follow the water to its source.
Nine great rivers of Asia descend from the Tibetan plateau. After the Chinese Communist Party occupied Tibet, it has essentially monopolized these waters, according to longtime China and Tibet watcher Maura Moynihan. As she argues, whoever controls the water, controls the future.
This is American Thought Leaders, and I’m Jan Jekielek.