As droughts become more frequent and severe, China's dam network gives it increasing leverage over downriver countries.
Brahma Chellaney, a longstanding contributor to The Japan Times, is a geostrategist and the author of "Asian Juggernaut" (Harper, 2010) and "Water: Asia’s New Battlefield" (Georgetown University Press, 2011), which won the 2012 Bernard Schwartz Award. He is professor of strategic studies at the Center for Policy Research, New Delhi.
For Brahma Chellaney's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
The Trump administration is ready to sacrifice the security interests of America's regional allies as long as Kim does not test any capability that threatens American security.
Guaranteeing the freedom to navigate the stars has become no less essential to global peace than safeguarding the freedom to navigate the seas.
The CCP's continued reliance on brute power to keep China's citizens in line could eventually leave it on the ash heap of history.
Modi's landslide win will help cement Asia's fastest growing relationship.
The plastic waste scourge is seriously imperiling the world's environmental well-being, including contaminating our freshwater and food chain.
The region's leaders must address the problem at its source or prepare for more bloodshed.
Xi Jinping's repression of Muslim minorities may not lead to international action against China. But it will almost certainly spawn a new generation of Islamist terrorists, compounding China's internal security challenges.
The Pakistani military needs to be brought to heel so that Pakistan becomes a stable, prospering country in the interest of its people and the wider region.
By abandoning Afghanistan, the Trump administration is repeating one of the worst foreign policy mistakes of the past few decades.