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Yao Ming

On June 25, 2002, Chi­nese bas­ket­ball player Yao Ming was drafted first over­all by the Hous­ton Rock­ets. As a mile­stone fig­ure of bas­ket­ball his­tory in China and the de­vel­op­ment of the NBA in the United States, Yao Ming in­spired Chi­nese fans to en­gage in the sports cul­ture of other coun­tries. Not only did he stim­u­late the pride of the Chi­nese peo­ple, but also pro­vided Western­ers with a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive to un­der­stand China, build­ing a bridge for ex­change be­tween the East and the West.

South- to- North Wa­ter Di­ver­sion Project

On De­cem­ber 27, 2002, the in­au­gu­ral cer­e­mony of the South-to- North Wa­ter Divi­sion Project was held si­mul­ta­ne­ously at the Great Hall of the Peo­ple in Bei­jing and con­struc­tion sites in Shan­dong and Jiangsu prov­inces. The project aims to solve the wa­ter short­age in north­ern China, es­pe­cially in the Haihe River, Huaihe River and Yel­low River basins, which is ex­pected to ben­e­fit a pop­u­la­tion of 438 mil­lion. To­day, the mid­dle route project and the east route project (Phase I) have been com­pleted and are now di­vert­ing wa­ter to the north.

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