Appendix F

(May 31, 1994) A list of specialists whose views on the Three Gorges Project differ from those of the Leading Group for the Assessment of the Three Gorges Project
Approved by the State Council Examination Committee of Experts on May 26, 1993
As reported in the People’s Daily (April 4, 1992)

Appendix E

(May 31, 1994) Some Issues Regarding the Preliminary Design of the Three Gorges Project
Approved by the State Council Examination Committee of Experts on May 26, 1993
As reported in the People’s Daily (April 4, 1992)

Based on the proposal for launching construction in 1993.

Appendix D

(May 31, 1994) The fifth session of the seventh National People’s Congress, having examined the proposal by the State Council on the construction of the Three Gorges Water Control Project, based on the report of examination by the National People’s Congress Committee of Financial and Economic Affairs, herein resolves to approve inclusion of the construction of the Three Gorges project into the Ten Year National Economic and Social Development Program (1991-2000).

Appendix C

(May 31, 1994) A Directory of the Advisors and Experts in Each Experts’ Group for the Assessment of the Three Gorges Project Who Did Not Sign Their Respective Subject Reports, and Who Expressed Dissenting Opinions at the Enlarged Sessions of the Leading Group for the Assessment of the Three Gorges Project

Chapter 30

(May 31, 1994) AFTERWORD TO THE CHINESE EDITION by Dai Qing

The Yangtze River will soon be severed in two. Should it matter to us, the common folks, the journalists, the scholars and veteran cadres long retired from their important posts?

Chapter 29

(May 31, 1994) THE ASSESSMENT OF THE THREE GORGES PROJECT SHOULD HAVE INVOLVED SOCIOLOGISTS AND ANTHROPOLOGISTS by Jin Jun

I would like to analyze the problem of population relocation from a sociological perspective. Although the Liujiaxia Gorge reservoir has been completed for many years, the resettlement problems created by its construction are still with us and can be used as a point of comparison with the Three Gorges project.

Chapter 28

(May31, 1994) MADAM QIAN ZHENGYING, ANSWER MY QUESTIONS by Dai Qing

Though 70 years old, Qian Zhengying distinguishes herself as the leader of the pro-dam faction for the Three Gorges project. But even this may not adequately describe her role. For the past few decades, she has been the key leader in mainland China’s water-engineering programs.

Chapter 27

(May 31, 1994) THE THREE GORGES PROJECT IN THE CONTEXT OF PRESENT ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL CONDITIONS by Wu Jiaxiang

Before a large project is carried out, the social, economic and political environments should be considered as well as questions of technical feasibility and profit. At present, these considerations do not favor the start of the Three Gorges project.

Chapter 26

(May 31, 1994) MUST A FINISHED PROJECT FINISH ITS ENVIRONMENT? by Mao Yushi

In the old days, when my uncle, Mao Yishen, designed the Qiantan River bridge, the director of the construction office in Zhejing province told him he would take care of the budget, and that my uncle was to be in charge of personnel. But one point was made clear: if the bridge turned out to be a failure then they both had to take responsibility and jump in the river. Today, however, after many failed and defective projects, people no longer feel personally responsible. It is ridiculous to make a final decision on the extraordinarily large Three Gorges project without an established decision-making process and a practical investment system.

Chapter 25

(May 31, 1994) HIGH DAM: THE SWORD OF DAMOCLES by Yang Lang

On December 22, 1988, then U.S. president Ronald Reagan issued a televised threat against a Libyan chemical plant in the depths of the North African desert. The attack did not take place, but the impact was far-reaching.

Chapter 24

(May 31, 1994) RESETTLEMENT IN THE THREE GORGES PROJECT by Dai Qing

In contemporary China, many decision makers ignore the possible consequences of flooding the upper stream of the Yangtze River,236 and of blocking this vital waterway for 20 years in order to construct the Three Gorges project. China needs a solid financial environment for its economic reform, but decision makers insist instead on building a super dam at China’s most beautiful scenic spot on its largest river. The project will force the resettlement of between one million and 1.6 million people.

Chapter 23

(May 31, 1994) TEN CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES ON THE THREE GORGES PROJECT: An Account of an Interview with Tian Fang and Lin Fatang by Lu Qinkan

Opinions differ both at home and abroad over whether to construct the Three Gorges project. The main points of view in support of and in opposition to the project will now be summarized.