China's Dams

Foreign Ministry spokesperson’s press conference

Qin Gang
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the PRC
March 7, 2001

‘I am not aware of any plan to build dams on the Nujiang River, nor the number of dams to be built,’ the foreign ministry spokesman tells the foreign press in Beijing.

On the afternoon of March 9th, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Qin Gang held a regular press conference. … [Excerpt:]

Q: China plans to build dams on the Nujiang River which flows to Myanmar and Thailand. How many dams is China going to build? When are they going to be built? Will it affect downstream countries? Will China discuss with downstream countries on the construction and its impact on environment beforehand?

A: I am not aware of any plan to build dams on the Nujiang River, nor the number of dams to be built. But on the issue of cross-border rivers, China’s attitude is serious and responsible. As an upstream country, China has always adopted an attitude of attaching equal importance to protection and utilization and taking into full consideration the interests and concern of downstream countries. We are ready to conducted friendly consultations within the framework of regional cooperation with relevant countries on the use of water resources and protection of ecological environment of cross-border rivers.

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