I was introduced to the sinica podcast after reading a blog entry from The China Beat, and they mentioned the Sinica Podcast. Being busy with work and other things, I’ve finally gotten a chance to listen to their latest podcast:
Where they talk about the new canal project “南水北調” (South-North Water Diversion Project)
Where water from Southern China will be moved up to the North. I really like the in-depth coverage they give about the impact the project has on the everyday people that are having to move because of this project, all for people in BeiJing who have trouble conserving water. All while covering the various environmental impacts this will have, and making nice contrasts and comparisons with the Three-Gorges Dam.
One comparison I would like to draw from this project, is the China’s Grand Canal. It’s original purpose wasn’t to divert water to use for the north, but it was still a means to divert resources from the south, to ship to the capital –now it will serve as the South-North Water Diversion Project’s eastern route. Let’s not forget the maintenance that is required for such projects, as in the Qing dynasty, when the reserves were nearly gone, shipping collected taxes and levies through the Grand Canal became difficult due to various reasons over the years:
- silt build-up (http://www1.american.edu/ted/3gorges.htm).
- corruption and high labor force maintenance along the canal http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/582935/Daoguang
- The British http://www.san.beck.org/21-1-QingDecline1799-1875.html