2014-05-12 The Proposed Yangtze River Economic Belt
Beyond Beijing Web Editor: Zhang Kun
Panel discussion: Global Talks:
Rivers are vital to any economy--think of the Nile in Africa, the Mekong in Southeast Asia, and the mighty Mississippi in America. Here in China, we have the Huang He--the Yellow River--and also the Yangtze and it looks as though the plan is to finally treat the Yangtze as one economic entity. As we all know, China's coastal and eastern provinces are already well-developed whilst further west in land, it's less so. One obvious way to spread the wealth is, of course, to invest and develop along existing landscape and the Yangtse, which snakes through roughly a third of the country from Gansu in the northwest down all the way to Chongqing, Wuhan and onto Shanghai, is one obvious candidate.
But why now--and why not before? And what impact will this have on the river which is already horribly polluted in places and what ecological, environmental impact will this have upon the delta?
-Joseph CHENG, Contemporary China Research Project in City University of Hong Kong
-Steven White, Professor from School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University
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