(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.
(January 16, 2001) China Daily reports that construction of China’s largest water diversion project is expected to begin in 2002.
(November 10, 1999) Parts of China are suffering their worst drought in over 50 years. But in the cities, demand for water is increasing as China’s economic boom continues..
(October 14, 1998) Officials and experts yesterday called for preparatory steps to be taken in the construction of the final west route of the south-to-north water diversion project, to bring much needed water to parched Northwest China.