Journal article

Extending the China water machine: Constructing a dam export industry

Xiao Han, Michael Webber

Geoforum | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2020


The world has witnessed a recent increase of Chinese involvement in foreign dam building, frequently interpreting it as a result of implementing the Chinese government’s “going out” policy. However, the Chinese dam industry’s interweaving with its government and external forces remains unclear, blurring the nature of the “Chinese export” of dams overseas. The theory of the Chinese water machine has uncovered the existence of a network of actors interacting on water issues in China, and framed an assemblage approach to interpret the formation, maintenance and operation of this machine. Following the assemblage approach, this paper investigates the emergence and operation of a Chinese dam expo..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

Portions of this research were supported by the Australian Research Council [Discovery Project Grant DP110103381]; and the China Scholarship Council - University of Melbourne PhD Scholarship, which funded Xiao Han's doctoral research [thesis title: Money, Markets and Hydropower: Chinese Dam Building in Africa] at the University of Melbourne.