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Thai Water Project Clears Major Hurdle After China Shows Interest

Via Voice of America, an article on Thailand’s recent decision to move ahead on a controversial water diversion project: Thailand is moving forward on a controversial and long-pondered water diversion project after the plan drew interest from a major Chinese firm, a move that could give Beijing a new outpost for its sweeping Belt and […]

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US, China Dueling For Power On The Mekong

Via The Asia Times, a report on how the countries sharing the Lancang-Mekong River are entering a new era of hydropolitics, involving programs on both economic and water resource development, and hydro-diplomacy via China’s dam-engineered control of the headwaters of the Mekong: When China announced in early August a new US$6 million for new development […]

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Mekong River Commission Calls for Improved Hydropower Data Sharing

Via The Diplomat, an article on the Mekong River Commission’s efforts to improve hydropower data sharing: The Mekong River Commission (MRC) has urged China and its Southeast Asian member states to share more data on hydropower operations that are contributing to the increasingly wild fluctuation in water levels on the vital waterway. In its latest situation report, released […]

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‘Water Grabbing’ On The Mekong

Via Eurasia Review, a look at what some refer to as ‘water grabbing’ on the Mekong: As dam-building projects continue to proliferate along Southeast Asia’s vital Mekong River, experts in a recent online discussion panel agreed that the area is fast becoming overloaded with them, dredging up far-reaching issues ranging from international friction and industry […]

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Thais Fear Water Conflict As New Industrial Boom Takes Off

Via Channel News Asia, a report on how – while a new industrial boom is bringing high-tech investments to eastern Thailand -  this drought-prone landscape may not have enough water to go around: As Thailand embarks on an ambitious industrialisation drive along its eastern seaboard, local communities and conservationists fear a brewing war over water. The Eastern […]

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Trouble Brews in South-East Asia as Thailand Rejects Laotian Dam Report

Via Future Directions International, a report on growing concerns around the environmental and economic viability of damming the Mekong River: On 15 January, a Chinese contractor for the planned Sanakham Dam in Laos submitted a revised technical report to the Thai National Mekong River Committee, in the hopes of reducing concerns surrounding the controversial project. According to […]

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