Thousands of dead fish were found in a 19-mile stretch of the Fu River in Hubei Province on Tuesday, September 3. The river, which extends north of Wuhan in central China, feeds into the Yangtze, and is an important source of income for local fishermen. This incident builds on growing concerns about pollution in Chinese rivers, and is reminiscent of the scandal caused in March of 2013 upon the discovery of over 10,000 dead pigs in rivers near Shanghai. Tests revealed that the river contained high levels of ammonia, over 10 times the naturally occurring amount, which government officials believe originated from a plant owned by Hubei Shuanghuan Science and Technology Company. (Guardian, New York Times, September 4, 2013)
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Every week, China Program’s Senior Advisor Dr. Robert A. Kapp compiles a reading list and provides commentary, for you to better understand China.
Robert A. Kapp is senior advisor to the China Program at the Carter Center. He has been principal of Robert A. Kapp and Associates, a business consulting firm, since 2004. From 1994 through 2004 he served as President of the United States-China Business Council…