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  1. Chemical spill sparks battle for bottled water

    Posted Jul 30th 2010, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... unless they were carrying a few bottles of drinking water- and willing to pay their fare in bottles. Song Enhui, who is in her eighties and has lived all her life on the south bank of the river, ... reported. The panic had prompted the Harbin government to issue an explanation that the city no longer relied on the Songhua River for drinking water after another massive chemical spill nearly five ...

  2. Pearl River's source now 'almost dry'

    Posted Mar 23rd 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... that the water which used to rush from a granite cave at the foot of a hill as a 'thundering waterfall' was now 'as big as a finger'. More than 100 million people depend on the river for drinking water and the drying up of its source signals that the impact of the drought in southwest China is spreading. And because many major rivers originate or flow through Yunnan, mainland ...

  3. Despair as the mighty Mekong falters

    Posted Mar 29th 2010, 12:00am by Tom Fawthrop

    ... to be suspended last month. In Vientiane, taps are running dry and there is a severe shortage of drinking water. Even the usually timid media in communist-ruled Laos dared to criticise Beijing over ... in six countries, who depend on it for drinking water, transport, irrigation and fishing 2 Water levels in the Mekong have dropped to as low as 0.38m, with levels at mainstream measuring stations ...

  4. Could this be World War H2O?

    Posted Oct 18th 2003, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... water for drinking and sanitation. About five million die each year from water-borne illnesses. Water supplies are drying up, the statistics warn. Growing numbers of people, environmental ... and distributes it. Water suitable for drinking, washing, agriculture and industry makes up just 2.5 per cent of global reserves. The rest is salt water in the oceans. Of the usable amount, 68.9 per cent ...

  5. US-China ties in troubled waters

    Posted Jun 07th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to China's expanding submarine fleet, with a base at Sanya, Hainan, closer to deep water than any other point on the mainland and a vital access point to the Pacific and Indian oceans. China last ... waters. General Ma Xiaotian, deputy chief of the PLA General Staff, made clear at the weekend that surveillance by US ships and planes would not be accepted. He listed it as a condition ...

  6. Troubled waters

    Posted Aug 01st 2008, 12:00am by Michael Richardson

    ... growth, and a new generation of deep-water drilling vessels, are intensifying moves to control a vast swathe of the South China Sea that is disputed by six regional countries. Two ... cays and rocky outcrops in the South China Sea. The mainland, Taiwan and Vietnam claim all the Spratlys and surrounding waters. Malaysia, the Philippines and Brunei assert sovereignty over some ...

  7. The boat is rocked as relations enter choppy waters

    Posted Apr 03rd 2004, 12:00am by Nailene Chou

    ... Nailene Chou Wiest in Beijing Sino-US relations have been blown off course, with both sides falling out over a host of issues. The third anniversary of the mid-air collision between an American spy plane and a Chinese fighter jet, in which the mainland pi ...

  8. Treacherous waters

    Posted Sep 13th 2003, 12:00am by Annemarie Evans

    ... aboard Her Majesty's Motor Launch 1323, which would often patrol the waters in and around Hong Kong, usually leaving the dockyard for three days at a time. The launch was part of the Hong ... Incident took place about 10km southwest of Lin Tin Island, towards the western side of the Pearl River estuary. The British insisted the vessel had been in international waters and diplomatic ...

  9. US cardinal tests water on visit to Beijing

    Posted Aug 02nd 2003, 12:00am by Nailene Chou

    ... The archbishop's three-day trip could lead to a fresh assessment of religious freedoms on the mainland A visit to Beijing by a leading US Catholic leader has fuelled speculation on the prospects of greater religious freedom in China. Theodore Cardina ...

  10. On patrol in disputed waters without a bullet in sight

    Posted May 02nd 2005, 12:00am by Andrew Salmon

    ... The territorial row between South Korea and Japan goes on but life on the islets is peaceful, writes Andrew Salmon The wind whips by at 19 metres per second, and as the South Korean Coast Guard vessel, Sambong-ho, buries her bows in the heaving, six-metre ...




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