OIL AND WATER: KAZAKHSTAN AND CHINA- China's policy to develop its western regions has created  internal and cross border issues that will need to be confronted in the coming years. One of the primary issues are cross border water rights. In order for China to exploit its resources and grow its population centers it needs water. Given that a large percentage of this region is desert, it and its neighbors are competing for this life-giving resource. Above, two Kazakh girls collecting water in Balkhash,a city on Lake Balkhash, Kazakhstan. The region is severly polluted by metal refining activities. 

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