China Water Resources and National Security: Conversation with Elizabeth Economy

Posted July 30, 2013 at 4:02pm

Of all the destabilizing threats coming from China today – a slowing economy; military growth; computer hacking; relations with Japan – none may be a greater risk to regional stability than one basic resource: Water. It may sound simple, but controlling water rights – where water flows and how much – has become an issue of international concern.

Last week, Elizabeth Economy, C.V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director of Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, provided Senate testimony about the threat. Today she joined me for Conversations with Thinkers.