(August 2, 2002) ‘China’s growth-driven pollution of the environment, and its enormous demand for natural resources and energy, are also injecting a new and potentially disruptive element into Beijing’s relations with neighbouring states – water politics.’
(June 26, 2002) China’s media have been ordered to follow the lead of the official Xinhua news agency when covering the controversial south-north water-transfer project, Hong Kong’s Mingpao newspaper reports.
(May 30, 2002) Wen Jiabao has stressed the importance of water conservation in tackling the looming environmental crisis in parched north China, while also voicing support for the controversial south-north water-diversion scheme.
(April 12, 2002) Another mammoth project to come under the spotlight will be the Three Gorges Dam.’
(April 11, 2002) Paper and chemical plants have long been cited as key sources of degradation of most of China’s waterways. In some areas, the problems have prompted riots by residents outraged by chronic health problems and the destruction of their fields and fish farms.
(March 19, 2002) As with the Three Gorges dam, where a lack of funding and co-ordination led to a hasty archeological rescue, many cultural experts fear the government’s response has also been too little, too late with the south-north water diversion project.
(March 14, 2002) In a sign that China’s rubber-stamp legislature is getting more assertive, a legislator has contended that projects concerning national strategy need to be examined and approved by the National People’s Congress (NPC), adding that a case in point is the gigantic South-North Water-Diversion Project.
March 1/2002 Three Gorges rural resettlement and its impact on the host population and the environment by Chinese Academy of Sciences researchers A case study in Wuqiao district, Wanxian city 1. Research […]
(January 30, 2002) Salt seeping up the Pearl River is threatening the delta. Environmentalists want local governments in the watershed to stop dam building, reforest the uplands and conserve water along the river’s 2,200-kilometre course.
(January 17, 2002) China’s State Environmental Protection Administration wants local authorities to report environmental accidents within an hour so it can better inform the public of impending disasters.
(January 7, 2002) SEPA says it has received 45 accident reports, mostly water pollution, since last November when an explosion in a chemical plant on the Songhua River killed five people.
(November 30, 2001) Xinhua said wetlands along north China’s biggest river system have shrunk by more than 80 per cent over the past five decades due to excessive exploitation of the river and damming of its tributaries.
(November 29, 2001) Fifty years ago, the Haihe and its tributaries formed an ecologically rich area that included 1,465 square miles of wetlands. Xinhua reports that the wetlands have now shrunk to just 207 square miles.
(November 15, 2001) Construction will begin soon on a gigantic project to divert river waters from southern China to the north, where a growing scarcity of water is limiting development around cities like Beijing and Tianjin, officials said this week.
(November 7, 2001) ‘China will take into account environmental quality in evaluating work of regional officials, a measure deemed important to curb reckless pursuit of GDP growth at the cost of the environment,’ Xinhua says.