The New Green Debate in China: Save the Planet vs. Save the Planet

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China’s largest freshwater lake has become the center of controversy after the local government restarted plans to build a dam on it, a project shelved six years ago after environmental protests. Now the developers say they have a new reason to build the barrier: to help the environment.

Three times the size of London, Lake Poyang is one of the country’s most important wetlands, and the reignited battle between authorities and protest groups raises questions about whether provincial governments are using the leader’s appeal Chinese Xi Jinping for “ecological civilization” to recondition development. projects and sell them as benefiting nature.

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