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The Thirsty Dragon: China Is Running Out of Water and That’s Scary for Asia

Via Bloomberg, an opinion piece looking at how – of all Bejing’s problems (demographic decline, a stifling political climate, the stalling or reversal of economic reforms) dwindling natural resources may be the most urgent: Nature and geopolitics can interact in nasty ways. The historian Geoffrey Parker has argued that changing weather patterns drove war, revolution and upheaval during a long […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Red Flag River and China’s Downstream Neighbors

Via The Diplomat, an article on China’s proposed mega-water transfer project is already sparking fears amongst countries downstream of the impacted rivers: The Red Flag River Water Diversion Project Proposal (Red Flag River) is a new enormous inter-basin water diversion proposal in China. It is not an official project and has not received approval from the Chinese government; however, since […]

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Dam Battles Converge on Cambodia’s 3S Rivers

Via Circle of Blue, an article on tensions between fishermen and dam operators in northeastern Cambodia: For decades, Nov Lun and his fellow fishermen harvested the rich bounty of the Sesan River in northeastern Cambodia. Then, three years ago, a giant hydroelectric power plant opened upstream from his village of Kumpun. Irregular water releases from […]

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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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