China, DPRK planning Yalu River dams

09:04, April 02, 2010      

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China and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) will build two hydro-electric dams on the Yalu River that marks their border, China's major television reported on Thursday.

The two hydropower stations will cost a total of 1.1 billion yuan and generate a combined 308 million kilowatt hours of electricity when completed, the China Central Television reported.

Xinhua said one dam would be built at Wangjianglou in China's northeastern Jilin province and the other at Changchuan. Electricity from the dams would help "drive economic growth in Jilin and DPRK," the report added.
Construction would begin this year, the reports said.

It was not immediately clear how the two countries would share the cost of the projects or the electricity.

After an October visit to Pyongyang by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, Pyongyang promised that it would rejoin the six-nation denuclearization talks aimed at ensuring a nuclear-free Korea Peninsula. The talks group hosts China, the two Koreas, Japan, the United States, and Russia.

By people's Daily Online

(Editor:赵晨雁)

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