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This chapter gives an overview of the changes brought by China tidal waves in Beijing, Tiananmen Square, Western hills, Shandong Peninsular and in Tokyo on the Yellow river. The dull ochre waters of the Yellow River have broken through the dykes fifteen hundred times in the last two thousand years. The Yellow River Conservancy Committee immediately sent urgent warnings to the Central Government as well as to the Henan and Shandong Provincial authorities. 'Politics in command' was the magic formula of the Chinese Communist Party for governing the country and it was an excellent method of guaranteeing the loyalty of government departments. The water level of the Yellow River had been relatively low for several years and people got into the habit of forgetting the river's well-deserved name: 'China's sorrow'. The crux of the matter was that it led to crisis of confidence, a kind of psychological loss of equilibrium.

Keywords: Beijing; Shandong Peninsular; Tokyo; Western Hills; Yellow River

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