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China's International Transboundary Rivers

Politics, Security and Diplomacy of Shared Water Resources, 1st Edition

By Lei Xie, Jia Shaofeng

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222 pages | 49 B/W Illus.

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China has forty major transboundary watercourses with neighbouring countries, and has frequently been accused of harming its downstream neighbours through its domestic water management policies, such as the construction of dams for hydropower. This book provides an understanding of water security in Asia by investigating how shared water resources affect China’s relationships with neighbouring countries in South, East, Southeast and Central Asia.

Since China is an upstream state on most of its shared transboundary rivers, the country’s international water policy is at the core of Asia’s water security. These water disputes have had strong implications for China’s interstate relations, and also influenced its international water policy alongside domestic concerns over water resource management.

This book investigates China’s policy responses to domestic water crises and examines China’s international water policy as well as its strategy in dealing with international cooperation. The authors describe the key elements of water diplomacy in Asia which demonstrate varying degrees of effectiveness of environmental agreements. It shows how China has established various institutional arrangements with neighbouring countries, primarily in the form of bilateral agreements over hydrological data exchange. Detailed case studies are included of the Mekong, Brahmaputra, Ili and Amur rivers.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 China’s transboundary rivers: politics, diplomacy and security: an introduction

Chapter 2 The governance of water resources in China

Chapter 3 China’s policy over international rivers: Perception and diplomatic practices

Chapter 4 Theoretical debate: water diplomacy

Chapter 5 Southeast Asia: China’s water diplomacy on the Mekong River

Chapter 6 South Asia: China’s evolving attitude over the GBM

Chapter 7 Central Asia: Sino-Kazakh water diplomacy on Ili and Irtysh Rivers

Chapter 8 Northeast Asia: Sino-Russian cooperation over the Amur River

Chapter 9 Comparison and conclusions

Chapter 10 Policy recommendations

About the Authors

China has forty major transboundary watercourses with neighbouring countries, and has frequently been accused of harming its downstream neighbours through its domestic water management policies, such as the construction of dams for hydropower. This book provides an understanding of water security in Asia by investigating how shared water resources affect China’s relationships with neighbouring countries in South, East, Southeast and Central Asia.

Since China is an upstream state on most of its shared transboundary rivers, the country’s international water policy is at the core of Asia’s water security. These water disputes have had strong implications for China’s interstate relations, and also influenced its international water policy alongside domestic concerns over water resource management.

This book investigates China’s policy responses to domestic water crises and examines China’s international water policy as well as its strategy in dealing with international cooperation. The authors describe the key elements of water diplomacy in Asia which demonstrate varying degrees of effectiveness of environmental agreements. It shows how China has established various institutional arrangements with neighbouring countries, primarily in the form of bilateral agreements over hydrological data exchange. Detailed case studies are included of the Mekong, Brahmaputra, Ili and Amur rivers.

About the Series

Earthscan Studies in Water Resource Management

Earthscan Studies in Water Resource Management
This series includes a wide range of inter-disciplinary approaches to water resource management, integrating perspectives from both social and natural sciences. It includes research monographs and titles aimed at professionals, NGOs and policy-makers. Authors or editors of potential new titles should contact Hannah Ferguson, Editor (Hannah.Ferguson@tandf.co.uk).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NAT029000
NATURE / Ecosystems & Habitats / Rivers
POL011010
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Diplomacy