The Asian giant has been warned by one of its own groundwater experts to either cut its food production or else face "dire" waterlevels, especially in the dry northwest plains. If not, aquifers will sink to "dire" levels not seen in 30 years.
"The government must adopt a new policy to reduce water consumption," said Zheng Chunmiao, director of the Water Research Centre at Peking University, in an interview with Britain's Guardian newspaper.
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