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China: Three Gorges

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China: Three Gorges

China: Three Gorges

China: Three Gorges

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In China, the largest hydroelectric project in the world is nearing completion. Rising water from the controversial Three Gorges Dam will form a reservoir 400 miles long on the Yangtze River, displacing 1.5 million people. Villagers claim that local Communist Party officials are pocketing funds intended to help ordinary people make the move from the river bank to higher ground. Critics — some in China and some international — say the down sides of the project may outweigh its benefits. NPR's Rob Gifford reports from the Yangtze River in central China.

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