China: Three Gorges

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.



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor

Support comes from