Seeking a Public Voice on China’s ‘Angry River’ – Jim Yardley

 Imagscence Yunnan Nujiang 1 From the New York Times:

Far from the pulsing cities that symbolize modern China, this tiny hillside village of crude peasant houses seems disconnected from this century and the last. But follow a dirt path past a snarling watchdog, sidestep the chickens and ducks, and a small clearing on the banks of the Nu River reveals a dusty slab of concrete lying in a rotting pumpkin patch.

The innocuous concrete block is also a symbol, of a struggle over law that touches every corner of the country. The block marks the spot on the where officials here in Yunnan Province want to begin building one of the biggest dam projects in the world.

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