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Government accused of Salween hydropower cover-up during UNESCO visit

Interfax
October 17, 2000

Journalist and environmental activist Wang Yongchen says local authorities in the Nu River region in Yunnan province covered up hydropower construction sites during a visit to the area by a delegation from UNESCO.

Shanghai: The journalist and environmental activist Wang Yongchen told Interfax that the local authorities in the Salween (Nu) River region in Yunnan Province covered up a number of hydropower construction sites during a visit to the area by a delegation from UNESCO. “The local government showed a terrible attitude towards the UN investigations,” Wang said. She said that during the delegation’s visit to the Nu River Prefecture, situated on Yunnan’s Tibetan border, local government workers had been employed to cover construction sites with cloth and conceal ships used for engineering. She also claimed that construction of the hydropower plants, which have not yet been formally approved by the central government, has already got underway. (Excerpt)

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