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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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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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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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The Thirsty Dragon: China To Help Manage Mekong Amid Warnings of Dam Danger

Via Reuters, a report on China’s efforts to help its downstream neighbors manage drought via Mekong River releases: China on Thursday said it was helping its downstream neighbors cope with a prolonged drought by releasing more water from its dams on the Mekong River, adding it would consider sharing information on hydrology to provide further […]

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Damming the Lower Mekong: A River No Longer Runs Through It

Courtesy of The New York Times, a detailed report on how current and planned dams on the Mekong River are choking a lifeline for 60 million people: The water is so clear on the Mekong River in northeastern Thailand that the sunlight pierces through to the riverbed, transforming the waterway into a glinting, empty aquarium. It […]

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Did Vietnam Just Doom The Mekong: Dam Diplomacy and the Geopolitics of the Mekong

Via The Diplomat, an article on a recent policy reversal on Mekong dams that has put Hanoi’s credibility – and the river’s fate – on the line: The recent decision by a Vietnamese oil company, Petrovietnam, to invest in a huge dam close to the much-loved World Heritage Site in Luang Prabang, Laos, has caused confusion […]

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