South-North Water Diversion Project

MSNBC: As US debates, China acts with a building boom

(December 19, 2010) MSNBC reports on China’s mega-project frenzy.

Gravel-laden barges glide past the willow-fringed banks of the Grand Canal, plying a trade route built 2,500 years ago to bring grain from China’s fertile south to its rulers in the north.

Now the 1,800-kilometer (1,125-mile) passage is part of an even grander scheme: a $150 billion plan to bring water from the mighty Yangtze river to the parched north in what is the world’s most expensive infrastructure project.

Increasingly, a group of rising economies — from Brazil to the United Arab Emirates — is building the showcase projects that once were mainly the pride of the U.S., Western Europe and Japan. America’s Hoover Dam made headlines in the 1930s; today, it is China’s $25 billion Three Gorges Dam.

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