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Water: Tibet and China

This title has got no relation with the movie Water :)
I guess one would have already guessed what I intend to speak...It is about China's strategic interest in Tibet....WATER
There is already a saying that the future wars are not likely about oil but about the basic requirements of food and water.
I was trying to understand the reasons China would be so interested in Tibet...Agreed all the countries are bent upon acquiring as much geographical area and hence as many natural resources as possible, but Tibet especially stands in a very strategic location.
1/3rd of the World's population directly or indirectly depends on Tibet..Guess how?
Almost all the big rivers in Asia originate from Tibet, be it the Yangtze or the Yellow River or the Brahmaputra or the Indus or the origins of the Ganges all take its roots from Tibet.
This is the image showcasing the rivers around Tibet:

The Yangtze river alone is such big and has such huge potential that the world's biggest dam is on the river …

The democratic recession, Friedman

There was an interesting artcile by Thomas.L.Friedman, The World is Flat guy.... He quoted that one of the other depressions that the world is facing is democratic depression. He quotes that the economic freedom decreases with the increasing oil prices.
It is certainly vis-a-vis the countries like Russia, Venezuela etc. who are oil exporting nations but are not under democracy.
The article arose certain questions...
But is democracy a matter of concern now? Is china a democracy with hardly any press freedom or verbal freedom? In the countries who boast about their democractic standards what are the achievements received?
I may sound a communist, but Cuba has acheived somethings like near 100% child nutrition, education for every child etc. that most democratic biggies could not acheive?
So, what is so significant about democratic recession?
There are countries which are certainly sending grotesque examples like the Zimbabwean president, who has ensured that the elections become void..sound…