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The Three Gorges Dam resettlement involves the building of new cities and towns and the movement of large numbers of peasants, usually relocate near the original location otherwise to the 11 provinces throughout Eastern China. .Jiang Zemin's speech (Nov 8, 1997) said: "A successful resettlement of the people affected by the Three Gorges Project is the key to the progress and eventual success of the project.".By building the world's largest dam across the world's third-longest river, China will force, at the end of the process, 1.2 million (somebody says 2 million) people to move from fertile farmlands along the Yangtze and will affect the lives of roughly 400 million people who live along its banks before 2008, when the water in the reservoir will rise to 175 meters. *** Local Caption *** A coal boat in the Wu Gorge.