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The looming water crisis in China's north: the greatest threat to its economic growth and political stability?

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Many commentators assume that China will overtake the USA to become the biggest global economy. A minority worry that debt and demographics threaten that rise. Few take sufficient notice of a bigger danger, the costs of environmental destruction and in particular of looming water scarcity, which if not tackled in short order, is likely to derail the economy and severely test the ability of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to maintain stability, and possibly its power. Aware of the challenge, the CCP has promulgated a water conservation plan for the Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei region, as an ‘experimental zone’. The risk is that this is too little, too late: time and water are running out.

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