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The Thirsty Dragon: Source of Mekong, Yellow and Yangtze Rivers Drying Up

Via China Dialogue, a look at how the source of Mekong, Yellow and Yangtze rivers is drying up: A seasonal dry-out in Sanjiangyuan region, the location of the headwaters of the Yellow River, the Yangtze, and the Lancang. In 2015, the Chinese government announced plans to set up a new nature reserve in the Sanjiangyuan (“three river […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Water-nomic Trade-offs Along The Yangtze

Courtesy of China Water Risk, an interesting report on the linkages between water use and allocation, as well as pollution control and economic development in the Yangtze River Economic Belt (YREB): For centuries, the Yangtze River has been considered a ‘golden waterway’ for transporting goods between cities and villages along the river. Now, many of these […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: South-North Water Transfer ‘Not Sustainable’

Via ChinaFile, an update on China’s South-North Water Transfer project which, one official said, would be rendered irrelevant if one-third of buildings in Beijing could collect more rainwater and recycle more wastewater: The bank of the Yangtze River in southwest China’s Chongqing municipality, dried up in a drought that in 2011 forced authorities to halt […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: The Geopolitics Of The Yangtze River

Courtesy of STRATFOR (subscription required), a look at the geopolitical implications of China’s move to transform the Yangtze River into a major internal economic corridor, in particular the geography and history of the Yangtze River region and its role in shaping Chinese politics and statecraft: As the competitive advantage of low-cost, export-oriented manufacturing in China’s […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: War Of Words Over Yangtze Hydropower Development

Courtesy of China Dialogue, an article examining the latest war of words over hydropower development on the Yangtze tributary: Another bout of fighting has broken out over hydropower development on China’s Jinsha River, the westernmost tributary to the Yangtze. At the launch of a new survey on dam-building in late May, Zhang Boting, deputy secretary […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: China Plans Tibetan Conservation Zone To Protect Source Of Great rivers

Via the Shanghai Daily, a report that China is planning to set up an ecological conservation zone on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, where the country’s major rivers originate.  As the article notes: “…The planned national conservation zone covers a 395,000 square kilometer region known as Sanjiangyuan, which is the source of China’s three major rivers – […]

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