China's water use threatens Kazakhstan's other big lake

China's water use threatens Kazakhstan's other big lake

Malaysia Sun-International·2021-03-18 05:04

The demise of the Aral Sea is a tragic tale often told. Less known is the peril facing Central Asia's largest remaining lake, Balkhash in eastern Kazakhstan, a key source of drinking water in an arid region. Rapid development and expanding rice cultivation upstream in China pose a grave threat to the Balkhash basin, a new paper says, and Beijing is dodging the problem.

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