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The Three Parallel Rivers is a pristine site in Yunnan province that covers the upper reaches of three big rivers in southwestern China.
Local media has reported that the central and provincial governments are keen to develop Yunnan, one of China's poorest areas.
The magazine Nanfeng Chuang (South Wind Window) said UNESCO advisers from the World Conservation Union visited the site in April and warned that proposed mining, tourism and hydro-power development in the area could affect its integrity and lead to the loss of its World Heritage listing.
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