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Translation: “‘Cut Off Water to HK’? Are You Concussed?”

In an interview with the People’s Daily’s Xiakedao program last week, Zheng Yongnian, former director of the East Asian Institute at the National University of Singapore, joked about cutting off Hong Kong’s water supply to end protests in the city. The interview, originally titled...

Improved Outlook for Himalayan Water Supply

Ars Technica’s Scott K. Johnson reports that the effects of retreating Himalayan glaciers on China’s rivers this century may be fairly limited, offering some rare respite from a stream of bad news about the...

A Cancer Cycle, From Here to China

An aniline spill in Shanxi on New Year’s Eve caused extended disruption of water supplies in the downstream Hebei city of Handan earlier this month. Public anger at the authorities’ five-day cover-up then led to four...

700 Mountains Flattened for New Desert City

Late last month, premier-in-waiting Li Keqiang declared that boosting the country’s urban population, which passed 50% of the total a year ago, was China’s most promising avenue for further development. From Caijing:...

China to Scale Up Water Prices

Caixin online reports a government official’s confirmation that reforms of water pricing for both residential and industrial use will go ahead: NDRC [National Development & Reform Commission] Vice Director Xie...

Why We Care About the Price of Water in China

At Bloomberg, The Council on Foreign Relations’ Peter Orszag argues for higher water prices in China to encourage efficiency: In Oman, a Middle Eastern desert country where water is scarce, it is understood to be more...

Guardian: China’s Water Crisis

As part of their China at the Crossroads series, the Guardian looks at China’s water crisis. One article visits eco-refugees in Gansu: Huang is one of millions of Chinese eco-refugees who have been resettled because their...

China Conservation Efforts Aid Aquifer Levels

From the Wall Street Journal: Underground water levels in Beijing are rising this year, reversing a nearly decadelong decline, in part because of conservation efforts tied to the Olympics. Aquifer levels in the Chinese capital...

Millions Forfeit Water to Olympic Games

The Times gives a dramatic account of drought experienced by farmers in Hebei allegedly brought on by the diversion of their water supplies to Beijing for the Olympics: The blunders began when officials started to worry that...

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