(February 21, 1993) Beijing’s flurry of goodwill gestures, highlighted by the release of political prisoners, allowing dissidents to travel abroad, curtailing conspicuous surveillance of foreign reporters, and hinting at an olive branch for Hong Kong, has China – watchers scratching their heads and wondering: what next?
As China continues its crackdown on reform-minded scholars and civil liberties, the wife of yet another detained member of the respected Beijing-based think tank, Transition Institute, has spoken out in an open letter circulated online. Reaching out to her husband, Huang Kaiping, in the only way she now can, Zhou Qinghui recounts in vivid voice their first meeting, as fifth graders, up until the current day’s events, cast in shadow by the question mark of an uncertain future under a repressive regime.
(June 27, 2001) Chongqing municipality has pledged to spend more than one billion dollars cleaning up the heavily polluted Yangtze River to prevent the dam’s 600-kilometre reservoir from becoming a cesspool.
(July 22, 2008) The month-long algae outbreak on a tributary of the Yangtze River, blamed on large numbers of phosphor mines and processing factories, has sent an alert to environmental authorities to raise water treatment standards in the Three Gorges Dam area.
(November 8, 2007) A Chinese businessman is suing the government over the deaths of thousands of rare plants he had saved from being submerged by the Three Gorges dam, China Daily reported.
After relocating 1 million residents in the Three Gorges area, Chongqing is set to urbanize some 10 million rural migrants over the next decade.
Chengdu: The central government has ordered water facilities in Southwest China’s Sichuan Province to help the drought-stricken city of Chongqing, the largest municipality in China.
(June 2, 2006) Southwest China’s Chongqing Municipality started two projects to improve its urban environment.
(May 24, 2006) Local authorities in Chongqing are launching a three-month campaign to deal with officials who have illegally used their influence to profit from the resettlement of the multi-billion yuan Three Gorges Dam Project.
(June 12, 2002) A big landslide that fell into downtown Chongqing last week is still hanging on the hillside just a few metres above a 10-storey apartment building, which is liable to be engulfed at any moment, China News Service (Zhongguo xinwen she) reports.
(June 27, 2001) With only two years left before the water level is scheduled to rise behind the massive Three Gorges dam, Chongqing municipality has pledged to spend more than one billion dollars cleaning up the heavily polluted Yangtze River to prevent the dam’s 600-kilometre reservoir from becoming a cesspool.
China’s largest hydrodam will lose US$121 million (1 billion yuan) this year, according to its general manager, because it doesn’t have enough customers for its output.
On the 30th anniversary of Beijing’s June 4, 1989, Tiananmen Square massacre, Probe International Fellow, environmental activist and China’s best-known investigative journalist, Dai Qing, delves deeper into the events leading up to and following the shocking and brutal crackdown that rocked a country on the brink of massive political reform and social change. A book that works as a retrospective documentary in affect, Deng Xiaoping in 1989 challenges the black-and-white dichotomies of “autocracy vs. democracy” and “government vs. students,” including correspondence from military generals who opposed the crackdown, soldiers’ experiences and eyewitness accounts of the “Tank Man,” the unidentified protester who stared down a column of tanks rolling through Tiananmen Square the morning after troops had opened fire on thousands of civilians – an iconic image of resistance since immortalized as a global symbol of pro-democracy protest.
Experts fear Lintao’s dry-up is a sign of things to come. Probe International fellow and noted Chinese environmental journalist, Dai Qing, says China’s water scarcity and toxicity is the greatest danger facing her country today.
Raised by the Communist party elite, Dai Qing has since become one of China’s most critical female voices. Al Jazeera’s spotlight on Probe International Fellow, Dai Qing.