China pledges to share more data on the Mekong River with downstream nations

China will share more data on the Mekong River with countries downstream, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said, amid long-standing criticism that its projects have caused flooding and drought in the river’s lower reaches.

This was to “share the dividends of cooperation and push development”, Wang said at a meeting of foreign ministers from the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation in Bagan, Myanmar on Monday.

He also said China would “inspect the safety of 20 reservoirs and dams to control floods, safeguard food and water supply and ecological safety for 70 million people in the basin”, according to a Chinese foreign ministry statement.

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Jack Lau