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EXCLUSIVE: China Damming Lhasa River Into Artificial Lakes

Tibet’s Lhasa River is being turned into a series of artificial lakes, according to Chinese state media. Launched in 2013, Beijing’s Lhasa River Project (LRP) aims to complete construction of six dams along a 20-kilometer stretch of river that edges the city center. Unlike hydropower projects upstream from the Tibetan capital, the artificial lakes are designed to promote tourism, improve water quality, prevent sandstorms and create a “green environment.” But some critics, including...

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