Плотины и водная гегемония в Азии

НЬЮ-ДЕЛИ – Словно для подтверждения того, что самой большой проблемой Азии является все бòльшая напористость Китая, китайское правительство представило планы по строительству новых крупных плотин на основных реках, текущих в другие страны. Решение Государственного совета Китая в жесткой манере проигнорировать беспокойство стран в низовьях и действовать в одностороннем порядке показывает, что проблема Азии заключается не в том, чтобы принять рост Китая, а в том, чтобы убедить китайских лидеров институционализировать сотрудничество с соседними странами.

Китай располагается в географическом центре Азии и имеет морские и сухопутные границы с 20 странами, поэтому без участия Китая будет просто невозможно установить основанный на законах региональный порядок. Как же, в таком случае, можно договориться с Китаем?

Наиболее взрывоопасной сложившаяся ситуация является на трансграничных реках Азии, где Китай занял господствующее положение над водными ресурсами, не имеющее аналогов ни на одном из континентов, аннексировав верховья крупных международных рек – Тибетское нагорье и Синьцзян – и работает над отводом трансграничных потоков через плотины, водохранилища, подпруды, оросительные сети и другие конструкции. Китай – являющийся источником трансграничных рек для бòльшего числа стран, чем может похвастаться любая другая водная гегемония – сместил фокус своей программы строительства плотин с перенасыщенных дамбами внутренних рек на международные, притом что он уже имеет больше крупных плотин, чем весь остальной мир.

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