China has admitted that the $37.47 billion Three Gorges Dam project -- which dislocated 1.3 million people -- has created environmental, geologic and economic problems that need urgent resolution. "At the same time ... [the project] provides huge comprehensive benefits, urgent problems must be resolved regarding the smooth relocation of residents, ecological protection, and geological disaster prevention," the Chinese government said. The hydropower project has affected shipping, irrigation and water supplies along the Yangtze River.

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