(April 16, 2004) The uncertainty swirling around China’s plans for a cascade of 13 dams on the Nu River in Yunnan province is precisely the kind of story that a beleaguered Guangzhou-based media group would have been keen to cover in happier times.
(March 11, 2004) People displaced by a dam in Hebei province sought the help of a Beijing lawyer to present a petition to the National People’s Congress. The lawyer, who has been forced into hiding, has written a dramatic on-line account of what happened next.
(February 4, 2004) Prof. Zhang reflects on the courage of his late colleague Huang Wanli: ‘It’s not easy for all of us to speak out the way he did, is it?’
(October 16, 2003) Fierce competition among China’s new power giants has touched off a dam-building spree in the country that already has almost half of the world’s big dams.
(May 30, 2003) As the huge reservoir behind China’s controversial Three Gorges dam begins to fill up this weekend, an urgent rescue operation is being launched further upstream to save the dam from being choked by silt.
(May 9, 2003) The Three Gorges Corp. is planning to build four more dams in the Yangtze Valley to help absorb the huge labour force that was assembled for Three Gorges and will soon be idle, a Chinese newspaper says.
(September 13, 2002) ‘Environmentalist Yu Xiaogang and his Green Watershed group, based in Kunming and famed for its opposition to dams on the Nu River, were awarded this year’s top prize.
(September 11, 2002) Even before all the generators at the Three Gorges dam come into operation, Chinese planners are furiously mapping out numerous dams along some of the biggest rivers in the southwestern part of the country.
(March 12, 2002) ‘Environmentalists call the Three Rivers project an assault on the last frontier of China’s wild countryside, in a debate that has broken new ground by being held largely in public.’
(March 4, 2002) “We are not blindly opposed to dams,” says activist Wang Yongchen. She just wants a fair decision-making process on projects.
(September 25, 2001) Zhongguo shuili bao (China Water Resources News) published by the Ministry of Water Resources in Beijing, reports that the Xiaolangdi dam on the Yellow River has cut back power production to just five hours per day due to a lack of electricity demand in coal-rich Henan Province.
(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.
(January 30, 2001) Power projects with a total installed capacity of 45,874 MW were approved between August and December last year, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) revealed, and almost half of it was hydropower.
(January 16, 2001) On 10 March, the Director of Yunnan Environmental Protection Bureau, Wang Jian-hua, led a 7-people delegate from the Bureau office, Planning and Finance Office, Pollution Control Office and the Institute of Environmental Science, to conduct a site visit in Baoshan Prefecture.
(October 26, 2000) Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao answers a question about proposed dam development in the Three Parallel Rivers UNESCO World Heritage site.