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China Letter-News and Human Rights

China human rights news with focus on the Uygur of Xinjiang, Tibetans and Tibet, Chinese mining workers, religion, corruption and censorship.

Friday, April 09, 2004

Wen Jiabao- "Greenie Premier"?

The New York Times

China's Environment: A human Right Catastrophe?The New York Times reports that in a surprise move Premier Wen Jiabao has unexpectedly suspended plans for a massive dam system on the Nu River in western China

His personal involvement is a rare and surprising response that has shocked observers for Chinese leaders are not renown for there concern about the environmental effect of major public works projects.

Environmentalists consider the Nu, which rises in Tibet and flows 1,750 miles through Yunnan Province between the Mekong and Yangtze, one of the last pristine rivers in Asia. Its upper reaches flow through a canyon region so rich in biodiversity that a United Nations agency last year declared it a World Heritage Site.

In a written instruction Mr. Wen ordered officials to conduct a major review of the hydropower project, which calls for a 13-stage dam and has been widely criticised by environmentalists, scientists and even by the governments own State Environmental Protection Agency.

China's government has historically had an atrocious record on the environment. Pollution levels for water and air are among the worst in the world. Recently, though, Mr. Wen who has developed a name as a populist leader has spoken about the need to emphasize environmental protection. A geologist by trade Wen apparently is very knowledgeable on rural issues having spent several years of his early life working in the countryside.

Moves such as this would seem to indicate that the new leadership is continuing to break further away from the CCP "old guard"