The finding was announced today by Zhang Lijun, deputy director of the State Environmental Protection Administration.
China has limited water resources, less than one-third of the global per capita average and falling. Groundwater is crucial because it provides up to 70 percent of drinking water.
Chinese President Jiang Zemin visiting the ancient Persian capital of Persepolis in April 2002 (epa)
TWO REEMERGING CULTURES: At a joint RFE/RL-Radio Free Asia briefing at RFE/RL's Washington, D.C., office on November 9, John Calabrese -- scholar in residence at the Middle East Institute who teaches foreign policy at American University -- discussed the growing ties between China and Iran in the context of China's economic boom and its overall relations with the Middle East. He also looked at potential sore points in the two countries' bilateral relations.
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