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China's Three Gorges Dam proves onerous
A fisherman walks with his catch on the banks of the Yangtze River, near the Three Gorges dam, in Yichang, Hubei province, China, Aug. 9, 2012.
Carlos Barria, Reuters — China relocated 1.3 million people during the 17 years it took to complete the Three Gorges dam. Even after finishing the $59 billion project last month, the threat of landslides along the dam's banks will force tens of thousands to move again. The dam is a reminder of the social and environmental challenges that have dogged the world's largest hydroelectric project. While there has been little protest among residents who will be relocated a second time, the environmental fallout over other big investments in China has become a hot-button issue ahead of a leadership transition this year.