Megaproject Case Study of China s Three Gorges Project

Author: Shiu-hung Luk
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1315489511
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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This volume translates crucial Chinese documents on a debate currently raging in China on a proposed project that has enormous implications for its environmental, economic, and social impact - the Three Gorges (Sanxia) Project on the Yangtze River. The most massive water resource project ever planned in China and one of the largest in the world, the Three Gorges Project would cost $1.1 billion to build, would necessitate the relocation of 1.1 million people, would flood a 375-mile-long area and thus destroy some of China's - indeed the world's - most beautiful scenery, and would threaten the extinction of a rare river porpoise. The editors seek to place the arguments in a clear and scholarly perspective that helps to make this book a valuable source of information.

Environment and Resettlement Politics in China

Author: Gorild Heggelund
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1351939777
Format: PDF, Docs
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The Three Gorges dam, currently being constructed on the Yantgze River in China, is controversial both inside and outside China, particularly because of the large number of people to be resettled (officially 1.2 million) and the environmental impacts. Using material previously unavailable in any Western language, it analyses the Chinese discussions over policy-making for the resettlement process and impacts. It concludes that the environment and resettlement policies have been linked in a new way in this project. However, despite these positive developments, it argues that the social impacts from resettlement have not yet reached a high level of political attention and that the Chinese authorities need to acknowledge that resettlement has social costs. The book provides an understanding of the social, political and economic factors of one of the largest and most controversial development projects currently being implemented. It also sheds light on China's policy-making procedures and political priorities over the past decade.

China s Environmental Crisis

Author: Vaclav Smil
Publisher: M.E. Sharpe
ISBN: 9780765633361
Format: PDF, Kindle
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In 1982, Vaclav Smil turned upside down traditional perceptions of China as a green paradise in "The Bad Earth," a disturbing book. This new volume, drawn on a much broader canvas, updates and expands on the basic arguments and perceptions of "The Bad Earth." This book is not a systematic litany of what went wrong and how much - but rather an inquiry into the fundamental factors, needs, prospects, and limits of modern Chinese society, all seen through the critical environmental constraints and impacts.

China and the world

Author: Samuel S. Kim
Publisher: Westview Pr
ISBN:
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As the postwar international system continues its dramatic transformation, the fundamental question of what role China will play is becoming increasingly central. In this thoroughly revised and updated edition of China and the World, the contributors focus on the developments of the post-Tiananmen years, addressing the issues raised by China’s expanding and increasingly complex relationships with a rapidly changing global environment. They consider such questions as: What is the principal challenge of post-Tiananmen foreign policy? How will China cope with the call for a more peaceful, equitable, democratic, and ecological world order? How has the nexus between China and the world changed in this transition period, and why? What are the implications for China’s future and for the future of the rest of the world?Combining a broad theoretical framework with specific case studies, this text tackles themes that have long puzzled Westerners. Seeking the often elusive sources of Chinese foreign policy, the contributors assess the relative influences of domestic and foreign factors in shaping policy goals. They also examine the changes and continuities that have characterized Chinese foreign relations over the years, identifying the patterns underlying China’s interactions with the major global actors and its policies on specific international issues. Special attention is paid to the word/deed (and at times word/word) disjuncture in Chinese foreign relations, with several chapters probing the discrepancies between rhetoric and reality, policy pronouncements and policy performance, and intent and outcome. In addition, there is a new chapter focused specifically on the vitally important human-rights component of China’s foreign policy. The concluding chapter identifies and explores China’s foreign policy options for the last decade of the century.