China’s Efforts to Revive Tarim River

The Tarim River is Chian’s longest inland river. Due to excessive use of its water, its lower reach dried in 1972. China has been making great efforts to conserve water to revive the river. China Daily’s article “Xinjiang discharges reservoir water in another effort to revive Tarim River” yesterday says that Xinjinag has injected water from Daxihaizi Reservoir into the river 20 times.

However, the source of water for the reservoir is limited so that the areas along the river have remained desert. If enough water is drawn from the Yarlung Zangbo River, Tibet to the Tarim, China may turn world second largest desert along the river, the Taklimakan Desert, into farm land.

The desert, bigger than half France will be able to provide agricultural goods more than enough for China’s own need. China will be able to compete with the US in exporting agricultrual products.

That will be a very expensive great project worthwhile for China to do.

Comment by Chan Kai Yee on China Daily’s article, full text of which can be viewed at