Brahma Chellaney | China, Asia’s water hegemon
China should abandon its unilateralist approach and enter into water-sharing pacts with its neighbours
Asia’s water resources are largely transnational, making inter-country cooperation and collaboration essential. Yet the vast majority of the 57 transnational river basins in continental Asia have no water-sharing arrangement or any other cooperative mechanism. This troubling reality has to be seen in the context of the strained political relations in several Asian sub-regions.