China and Kazakhstan:Thirst for Water

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Affluent newcomers visit a luxury housing development. Xining, a western provincial capital city is building new satellite towns to accommodate newly arriving and upwardly mobile locals. ..As part of China's "Go West" Policy there is a plan to bring 40 million new people to its western regions.  From a demograhic perspective the plan is an attempt to improve the balance with the much richer eastern urban centers.  Key to this plan is finding a way to supply water for these newcomers.  Due to glacial depletion, drought and unwise agricultural practices it seems that this continued development will further erode the regions hydro resources.