(April 10, 2006) Beijing plans to move 220,000 people to make way for a multi-billion dollar project to transfer water from the flood-prone Yangtze river to the parched cities and farmland of the north.
(April 6, 2006) China will speed up a “mega-project” to divert billions of cubic metres of water from the Yangtze to the Yellow River, despite serious concern about the environmental consequences.
(March 12, 2006) China’s government is favouring a water diversion plan once championed by Chairman Mao to help alleviate northern China’s water crisis. But, says Probe International’s Dai Qing, it doesn’t matter to the government whether it works or not.
(March 2, 2006) Despite concerns among environmental experts that cheaper, safer alternatives are being overlooked, officials have announced they are firmly embarked on the massive south-north water transfer scheme, aimed at solving China’s deepening water crisis.
(December 26, 2005) As with the Three Gorges project, China’s south-north water transfer scheme would endanger a vast number of cultural relics. Sites to be submerged contain dinosaur-egg fossils dating back 60 million years and human skeletons from the Stone Age.
(February 14, 2003) Record-low water levels in the Yangtze caused an oil tanker to run aground and disrupted shipping in large sections of the river this week. The severe drought, along with worsening pollution in a major Yangtze tributary, raise serious concerns about the scheme launched late last year to transfer water from the region to China’s parched north.
(January 17, 2003) Beijingers have been warned against regarding the south-north water-transfer scheme as an excuse to waste more water, while continuing to neglect water-saving strategies.
(September 11, 2002) ‘China will construct the world’s biggest inter-valley water market based on its gigantic south-to-north water diversion project,’ XInhua reports.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(September 17, 2001) Commenting on an official assessment of a controversial scheme to divert water from the Yangtze River Basin to northern China, the Vice-Minister of Water Resources, Suo Linseng, admitted to Xinhua news agency yesterday that there would be “some impact on the natural environment,” reports South China Morning Post.
(March 7, 2001) The Three Gorges Reservoir on the Yangtze River might be taken as an additional source for the mammoth South-North Water Diversion Project, due to a declining water reserve in the original one, according to some deputies attending the ongoing annual session of the Chinese legislature.