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The Thirsty Dragon: China’s ‘Development Approach’ To Mekong Water Disputes

Via The Diplomat, a look at China’s approach to Mekong River water disputes: Even as COVID-19 is wreaking havoc and uncertainty around the globe, Vietnam’s Mekong Delta declared an emergency over the devastating drought in early March. Studies suggest that the frequency and severity of droughts in the Mekong region has increased in the past decades, […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Is China Gaining a Stranglehold on the World Water Supply?

Via LinkedIn, one observer’s commentary on China’s strategic actions around water: In the upcoming U.S. presidential election, China has emerged again and again as both threat and ally. With all the talk about trade, economic balance and military concerns surrounding China, this is a timely opportunity to dive into a little-discussed aspect of Chinese global […]

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Cambodia Scraps Plans for Mekong Hydropower Dams

Via The Guardian, a report on Cambodia’s decision to scraps plans for Mekong hydropower dams: A Cambodian government decision to postpone building new hydropower dams on the Mekong river has been welcomed by campaigners, who say it will provide welcome relief to the tens of thousands of people whose livelihood depend upon its rich resources. Cambodia announced […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Vast River Diversion Plan Afoot In Western China

Via China Water Risk, a report that Chinese Premier Li has called for options to be examined for the ambitious western section of the South-to-North Water Diversion project, yet there are reasons why the idea has been dormant for so long: China’s premier, Li Keqiang, has called for options to be examined for the hugely ambitious western section […]

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Drought in the Mekong Region Prompts Calls for Greater Regional Cooperation

Courtesy of Future Directions International, a look at how drought in the Mekong Region has prompted calls for greater regional cooperation: The Mekong River Commission (MRC) was established in 1995 to strengthen joint efforts and partnerships for the sustainable management and development of water resources in mainland South-East Asia. The MRC includes Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, […]

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Thirst Stalking Towns In The Himalayas

Via India Climate Dialogue, a look at how urban settlements in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region are facing acute water scarcity due to dying mountain springs and changes brought on by climate change: The Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region is the water tower for most of Asia, but many of its residents face increasing water […]

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