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More than a dozen eminent Chinese intellectuals criticized a proposed dam on the Yangtze River as an ill-considered, wasteful project. The informal alliance of writers, engineers and former government officials held a news conference in Beijing to issue a book criticizing the hydroelectric project. “There is only one Yangtze River, and it belongs to the entire nation and all mankind,” said Dai Qing, a newspaper editor. The government is in the final stages of studying the proposed Three Gorges Hydroelectric Project, which calls for a 610-foot dam in central China, where the mighty Yangtze passes through towering cliffs.


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