(June 8, 2011) In the wake of China’s official admission that the Three Gorges dam is beset by “urgent problems”, longtime criticism of the world’s biggest hydroelectric project has moved to the front pages. The Current, aired by the CBC, interviews outspoken opponents of the dam – including Probe International Fellow Dai Qing – to provide a snapshot of the issues surrounding the dam giant: a fast fading symbol of modern China’s rise.
(September 23, 2010) “If the wars of this century were fought over oil, the wars of the next century will be fought over water,” warned Dr. Ismail Serageldin, former Vice-President for Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development at the World Bank, in 1995.
(September 1, 2010) The flood control capacity of the Three Gorges dam continues to be questioned by analysts and former officials, writes Toh Han Shih in the South China Morning Post.
(July 29, 2010) Three Gorges is unable to fill its flood-prevention promises, says one engineer.
(May 24, 2010) Qian Zhengying, who held office as the Minister of Water Resources for nearly 40 years, admitted in an interview with the Asia Weekly in April that the drought in South Western China and South East Asia was caused by China’s over-exploitation of water resources.
(March 8, 2010) A Chinese law school graduate recently sued China’s Ministry of Finance for denying his right, as a taxpayer, to information about the Three Gorges Construction Fund. This is the first time a taxpayer has challenged the Chinese regime.
(November 19, 2009) The project has been plagued by corruption, escalating costs, technological problems, human rights violations, and resettlement difficulties. The dam has caused flooding to numerous archaeological and cultural sites, the displacement of about 1.24 million people, and significant ecological changes, including an increased risk of landslides.
This year’s flood disasters in China have prompted a vociferous debate on the Internet among expatriate Chinese communities in North America. Several high-circulation on-line magazines have weighed in on the subject with lengthy articles and interviews, particularly with reference to the issue of dubious flood control benefits of the Three Gorges project.
(October 2, 2006) Author’s note: In 1986, The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Central Committee and China’s State Council commissioned a feasibility study for the Three Gorges Dam (TGD) project. Professor Huang Wanli, a hydrologist from Tsinghua University was not one of the 412 experts involved in the study. There were reasons for this snub;
(November 23, 2005) Dai Qing talks to Hong Kong news magazine Asia Weekly about her first public appearance in China since 1989.
Navigational difficulties on the Yangtze River heighten concerns over dam building projects.
(November 16, 1999) After eleven and a half years, the construction of Three Gorges Dam located on the Yangtze River at Sandouping of Yichang City, Hubei Province was officially completed on the morning of May 20, 2006.
(July 20, 1999) Chinese engineer predicts powerful vested interests won’t allow project’s cancellation
This year’s flood disasters in China have prompted a vociferous debate on the Internet among expatriate Chinese communities in North America.