Beijing Water

Fifty years on: a former Chinese official who opposed Three Gorges Dam speaks out

(April 13, 2012) Li Rui, a former vice minister for China’s Water Resources and Electric Power Ministry, describes the political machinations that moved the super-dam project forward and the ‘miserable repercussions’ of the decision to do so at the After Three Gorges Dam symposium, which begins today at the University of California, Berkeley.

“I feel many emotions surging up within me because this symposium on the Three Gorges Dam project has been organized by Americans, rather than by Chinese people. China is still a country which places politics ahead of all else, and science is subjugated to the political preferences of governments and institutions.”

A short version of Li Rui’s address is available here.

The address in full is available here.

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