隊友意見 - 三峽工程
from CF Lee
Dear Sau-wan and Man Keung :
I agree with Man Keung's view that history will be the best judge for
the merits and damages of the Three Gorges project . Five years is just a short１
In reality , at the base of each and every dam built in China these days ,
there are a number of sedimentation removal tunnels built specifically to
remove the sedimentation that would build up in the reservoir behind the
dam . This is a Chinese invention and has been shown to be effective over
the years . So I simply cannot see how the river could die in five years .
For the past decade or so , your alma mater has run a rather popular
Master degree program in journalism , specifically for Western jourmalists
who want to cover China . It has , to some extent , helped to remove some
of the ignorance and misunderstanding of such journalists regarding China ,
with all her complexities and cultural barriers .
If you have the time and the interest , on your next trip back to Hong
Kong , I can give you an hour-long ppt report on the pros and cons of the Three
Gorges project , including environmental concerns and impacts such
as re-settlement of some 1.13 million people , cultural and historic relic
sites , protection of endangered bio-species , sedimentation , earthquake risk ,
landslide risk , war risk , etc .
Have a nice weekend .
from Man Keung
> Dear Sau Wan,
> Nice to hear from you again.
> Thank you very much for those articles.
> But from the tone and contents, I do not detect any trace of concern of
> the flood control, navigation and power generation benefits that the
> project brings. Also, I do not see much, except the decrease in the
> no of species, how the dam actually causes so much environmental damage.
> Yes, the dam actually will affect the environment, and destroy historic
> relic. I am emotionally sad because of that. But I think a responsible
> persons should make balanced judgements.
> Both article based their arguments on a Xinhua agency's article that
> says the river will die in 5 years. I do not sense that they themselves
> have considered the technical details of these arguments. That is a very
> bold statement. 5 years is not a long time. I have been to China for
> nearly five years already. 5 years can go by in a blink of the eye.
> We need to learn how to look at situations with a historic point of view.
> For example, after reading these articles, please remember to review them
> in 5 years and compare the results with the predictions.
> I also sensed that the implication that the pollution on the river is
> related to the Dam, which, of course, is not directly substantiated in those
> I do remember in the team days, I read about Shanghai is sinking at a certain
> rate, and that within a so many (50?) years, will be this and
> that. 30 years has passed. I have not heard any further development on this.
> But I also noticed that there is not many "springs" left in JiNan,
> the city of "springs!" :(
> On the other hand, we talked about the green house effects and global
> warming. There are still people or countries who would not believe it,
> or are not willing to take action. But you can feel the effects already.
> Living in China, I can assure you that the official concern of the
> environment is very strong and obvious in recent years. We still need to
> see those reflected in lower levels of government, industries and
> The dam is very important to the well beings of people living in central
> China. The recent controversy is the advocation of blowing up the
> Yangtze Bridge at Nanjing, a revoluntionary symbol. That is because its
> span being too low to allow large cargo ships to sail directly from the
> ocean to Chongqing, thanks to the dam!
> If I recall correctly, there were measures before the construction of the
> dam to minimize the environmental impacts and to preserve as much of history
> as possible.
> Are their effort meaningful? Are they adequate? To our satisfaction?
> It all depends on how it turns out. My process improvement sentiment tells
> me, we have our clear objectives. Be it noted that the authors and mine
> may be different.
> Let us set up quality indicators accordingly, and monitor the progress!
> "Kwong Yin & Sau-wan Chan" <email@example.com> wrote:
> >Dear friends,
> >There are 2 more articles in Sydney Morning Herald last couple of days about
> Yangtse River. Both of them are worth reading and a cause of concern.