As Southeast Asian countries continue to face a severe drought amid an extreme El Niño event,...
by Melissa M. Chan | Feb 17, 2013
Chinese state media reports that a dam in Shanxi has collapsed causing the shutdown of a highway. This comes amid criticism of the Shanxi government’s cover up of a water contamination incident due to an industrial aniline...
by Samuel Wade | Oct 27, 2010
Bloomberg reports on the ongoing construction of Pakistan’s Gomal Zam dam by Sinohydro, former employer of Hu Jintao: …China’s Sinohydro Corp., is completing the biggest building project in Pakistan’s tribal region...
by Paulina Hartono | Dec 31, 2007
From The Wall Street Journal: The Canadian government’s little-examined role in the building of China’s Three Gorges Dam sheds light on how foreign governments and companies helped China move forward with one of the most controversial engineering projects in history. Many Western governments, including the U.S., initially refused to support China’s plan to build the […]
by Paulina Hartono | Dec 31, 2007
From SudanTribune: Home to almost half of the world’s 45,000 biggest dams, China has embarked on a push to export its hydropower know-how to developing countries — even as it contends with environmental damage and social upheaval at home from the massive Three Gorges Dam. Many other countries and international organizations have begun to shy […]
by Xiao Qiang | Nov 23, 2007
From eKantipur.com – Nepal’s No.1 News Portal: It has been 12 years since the World Bank dropped its support for the massive and costly Arun III Hydroelectric Project in Nepal in response to local and international criticism. Today, Indian companies are bidding to construct Arun III and the Asian Development Bank and Chinese financial institutions […]
by Xiao Qiang | Nov 9, 2007
From International Water Power and Dam Construction: Construction work has taken another step forward for the 12.6GW Xiluodu hydropower scheme on the Jianshajiang river, in China, after the previous set back due to the country’s environmental agency acting on a number of schemes. Official media in China report that work on damming the Jianshajiang has […]
by Mo Ming | Dec 16, 2006
From Angry Chinese Blogger: While the Chinese legal system has often been criticized for being unjust and opaque, there remain a number of cases each year that stand out from among the rest as being particularly indicative of “Justice with Chinese characteristics”. One such case is that of 20 year old land reform activist Chen […]
by Xiao Qiang | Dec 8, 2006
From Three Gorges Probe: A 20-year-old who took part in angry local protests against the Pubugou dam in Sichuan province two years ago was executed last week, with neither his family nor his lawyer notified beforehand. Chen Yongzhong, the father of the executed prisoner, learned of his son’s fate only when police instructed him to […]
by Liu Yong | Jun 30, 2005
From Hubei Daily, translated by Three Gorges Probe: The people of Wangusi village on the Xiangxi River, a major Yangtze tributary 45 kilometres upstream of the Three Gorges dam, have seen their way of life dramatically altered by the filling of the reservoir. The 2,890 villagers, in 804 households, have faced tremendous difficulty getting across […]
by Xiao Qiang | Apr 7, 2005
From China Daily: Up to 400,000 people are facing relocation to make way for a project diverting water from the Yangtze River to China’s parched north, it was revealed yesterday. Zhang Jiyao, director of the Office of the South-North Water Diversion Project Construction Committee under the State Council, announced the planned exodus at a conference […]
by Xiao Qiang | Feb 13, 2005
From The Epoch Times: According to Xinhua News Agency’s report on February 1, 2005, China General Environment Protection Bureau on January 18 announced that 30 projects in 13 provinces were illegal, with a total investment of 117.94 billion yuan (US$14.21 billion). This action evoked a huge number of responses statewide.
by Xiao Qiang | Feb 8, 2005
From the TIME Asia Magazine: China’s State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA) has long been a watchdog without a bite. Charged with ensuring that the country’s natural resources aren’t trampled by its headlong economic growth, SEPA must go up against other branches of government, state-owned companies and China’s burgeoning private enterprises”and it usually comes out on […]
by Xiao Qiang | Feb 2, 2005
From the Financial Times: China dam imageChina’s primary environmental authority says it has secured the agreement of the country’s largest dam developer to modify the construction of part of the Three Gorges project and another large hydropower station following a dispute over the enforcement of environmental standards. The State Environmental Protection Administration in Beijing announced […]
CDT in the News
- SCMP – Foreign journalists in China report state backing for rising intimidation during Henan floods
- Forum2000 – Data colonialism: Where China and the West diverge
- FT – China flood response reveals Beijing’s need to prepare for extreme weather
- LA Times – Amid crushing floods in China, officials focus not on climate change, but on control
- RFA – “Drowning” has become a sensitive word during Henan floods