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DW News 23 Sep 2020

Ongoing threats from China push Taiwan towards the US

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Tensions between China and Taiwan are heating up. China claims sovereignty over the small island and has stepped up military activities in the air and waters around it. Taiwan is determined to resist the pressure and demands China "back off". The sabre rattling also has economic implications. Taiwan is a major source of computer chips for the global economy.


A decade ago, China finished construction of the largest, most expensive, most powerful and most controversial dam in the world: the Three Gorges Dam. The figures are staggering: 185 metres high, more than 2 kilometres long and a total of 27 million cubic metres of concrete poured into a structure that ended up costing the record sum of 23 billion euros. But this oversized project has caused a series of environmental and human disasters. FRANCE 24's correspondent Antoine Védeilhé reports from China's Yangtze valley.
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