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China to Expand World’s Largest Water Diversion Project

A man and child stand in the Yangtze River in Wuhan, in central China's Hubei province.
Photographer: Wang Zhao/AFP via Getty Images

China plans to expand the world’s largest water-diversion project, aiming to double the amount of water it can transfer from the flood-prone south to its dry northern cities, government officials said Thursday.

The first phase has transferred a total of 30 billion cubic meters of water to northern China in the past five years since it was completed, benefiting 120 million people in 40 cities and helping boost local economies and employment, Jiang Xuguang, vice minister of the Ministry of Water Resources, told a press conference in Beijing.