Chinese dams cloud Mekong River relations

The new Chinese Ambassador to Thailand, Han Zhiqiang compares relations between the two countries and their collective effort to combat Covid-19 pandemic as being “one family”.

The ambassador insists he is not exaggerating and said his sentiments resonate with what is happening on the ground. He said Thais and Chinese have had a good rapport, quoting a phrase that reinforces affinity between both countries: “Chinese and Thais are no strangers; both are descended from the fraternity.”

Even so, the bilateral bonds and 46 years of diplomatic relations will not be tested only by the aid during the Covid-19 pandemic and diplomatic rapport. In years to come, water resource management in the Mekong River will be proof of the kinship of both nations.

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