Growing into risk? Emerging environment and security issues in China

By Alec Crawford, Oli Brown, Van Yang on January 31, 2006

Serious environmental degradation in China is harming public health, increasing migration and triggering social unrest. In addition, the country's need to secure the supply of those resources which underpin its growth will increase international competition for them while potentially undermining the security of some of the politically fragile, resource-rich nations with which China trades. This paper discusses the security implications of China's growing environmental problems.

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IISD, 2006