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When identifying threats to Himalayan ecosystems, China stands out.By annexing Tibet, China thus changed Asia's water map. But China is not motivated purely by strategic considerations. With much of the water in its rivers, lakes, and aquifers unfit for human consumption, pristine water has become the new oil for China – a precious and vital resource, the overexploitation of which risks wrecking the natural environment. Though much of the bottled water currently sold in China comes from other sources – chemically treated tap water or mineral water from other provinces – China seems to think that the bottling of Himalayan glacier water can serve as a new engine of growth, powered by government subsidies. Nonetheless, China is not reconsidering its unbridled extraction of Tibet's resources.These are precisely the kinds of actions that caused China's water crisis in the first place.Bottling glacier water is not the right way to quench China's thirst.
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