China’s Geography Problem

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Animation by Josh Sherrington (
Sound by Graham Haerther (
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This video was partially inspired by a chapter in Tim Marshall’s “Prisoners of Geography”:

Tibet highway photo by Matteo Melchior
Potala Palace photo courtesy Ondřej Žváček

Music: “Thoughtful” by Lee Rosevere and “Saver” by Podington Bear/Sound of Picture

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  1. You missed most important part of China’s geography, Chinese has two gates, one is south east, other one is north west, the East Turkic Uighurs land, whats chinese call as Xinjiang Uighur Region, or New Teritory. there’s word comon in china,” National security depends on Xinjiang, Xinjiang’s security depends on how to control the Uighur population”. East Turkestan boardering with 8 countires except china’s itself. Geo-politically very sensitive area for china,

  2. The analysis is less than middle school level. Russia has over 1,000 nuclear warheads. If NATO aligned states even hinted at a co-ordinated invasion of China from the South (Myanmar, Vietnam) or East they would each receive 50 nuclear missiles within 5min and their countries would be obliterated. No country with hundreds of nuclear weapons at the best quality has ever been invaded. Mutually Assured Destruction mate

  3. 10 seconds in, the first problem/controversy of this video arose: Is Taiwan part of China? Doesnt show on the map. (Look closer in the red section, why Taiwan is not included?)some people will get really mad at it. POLITICS!

  4. Nowadays, everything in China became a threat in the mouth of western media. As a Chinese, I admit that. As you can see we make chopsticks by two sticks in perpose, so that we can poke your eyes efficiently.

  5. Wendover western chauvinist propaganda. Tibetan is not primarily "geographic protection", Tibetan is THE SOURCE for the life of the Sino-Tibetan civilization feeding the Yangtze and Yellow Rivers and the agricultural advantage; how disingenuous and insidious of White and Judeo-Christian maschismo chauvinist powers to want to force warfare between the Tang and the Tibetans? Han/Tang people and Tibetan people are far ethnicity closer than Europeans and Native Americans, so does that mean mean Europeans types should not rule America? Many people think so. Tibet is in fact 85%+ Tibetan people, and they still have their own culture, speak their own language, worship their own religion, and their lands are heavily protected by China's environmental and wildlife ministries, China has developed Tibet into the forefront of solar and geothermal power generation… unlike the Native Americans becoming the unseen minority suffering from tremendous cultural theft, cultural misappropriation, highest rates of language death, loss of ethnic identity, loss of habitat due to coal and uranium mining for Western hegemonies nuclear WMD proliferation and gentrification real estate development, Native Americans suffering highest rates of infant mortality, substance abuse, suicide rates anywhere in the Western hemisphere, virtually all converted into Judeo-Christian nationalism, friggin Wendover is classic White male chauvinism and severe shameless Judeo-Christian supremacy and White nationalism just aimlessly searching for faults other than own and calling those "humanity's problems" while brandishing own disgusting shame as "freedom" and "democracy" for their own evil agendas

  6. “Tibet only ruled by China 300 years and that didn't make sence for Tibet to be a part of China?” WTF? 300years ago north America belonged to Indians, so give USA back to Indians dumbass

  7. Agree. It doesn't make sense for China (or India) to populate Tibet. Likewise, with any other population transfer. Let's work together to stop our governments enacting the Great Replacement of Europeans!

  8. Thus basically what the USA is trying to do with China, is similar to what it's trying to do with Russia? Crimea is Russia's only warm water naval port, that does not freeze during winter.

  9. China occupied Uyhur land so called xinjiang in chinese. Chinese government is conducting genocide on Uyghurs, stealing their wealth, demolishing their culture and values. Millions of people are in concentaration camps regarles their gender and age, even children. People disappears and no news from them. Their organs are being stolen and sold. If you are an Uyghur you are not a human according to chinese government.

  10. China has no geographical problems, it has best of both worlds on that continental land mass, an eastern shore. The southeast Asian country is not a problem in the future as these countries will fall into the trade and commerce agreements. As for India eventually they will see the benefits of being cooperative business partners, India has geographical problems with global warming and sea rise as well as issues with climate change and will need its neighbors to deal with these challenges. The 21st century is a transformative time that will break free of old issues and the significance of the West (US) the entire east (including Russia) will unite as a global entity of trade commerce and logistics. India, China and Russia will form a continental landmass geopolitical economic power structure, that will incorporate the Middle East, Central Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe. And eventually joined by Europe, Latin America, Japan, both Koreas, Australia and Canada. The 21st century will be ruled by a competitive trade/commerce/technology/inter-nation investment partnership global agreement, as all nations realize we are now in a globalized world.
    The American 20th century mentality that the US is the only power in the world is over. The days of the US military/dollar power of threat are over.
    It’s now a global world of nations of power and cooperation to build, invest, develop, preserve, and cooperate to the benefit of life on this small planet.
    Using the reality that we’re all on this planet together and there is no one nation in charge (US) but a collaboration of nations that can benefit from each other in a competitive and cooperative way,
    rather than a destructive manner. Putin, Xi, and other world leaders are starting to see we have entered a globalized state of reality. In the next decade this will be the human norm of existing on a globalized planet

  11. The comments from some of the retards below are hilarious. Claiming that China is some benevolent country that just wants to help. Meanwhile they've just put Somalia into a debt trap and built a Chinese autonomous naval base in Somalia which could (will be) used for future militaristic expansion lmfao. Even Ethiopia recently had race riots regardibg Chinese expansions into their country. Also, the "people's revolution" in China was funded by (((international finance))) from Jew York City. Claiming that China is gonna be different is so silly considering the (((tribe))) who affect the policies of the West are the same who affect that of China's. China is property to the same people who financed it.

  12. I'm not Chinese.. But for me, the real problem is US Goverment always views other coutries just from their perspectives only.. They always act like a Judge that judging everyone and everything ini this world.. No wonder why majority of their peoples is lack of knowledges and the truth about The World it self..

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