U.S. Steps Up Scrutiny of Chinese Built Dams on Mekong Basin

The U.S. is increasing scrutiny of Chinese dams along the Mekong River, its latest move aimed at helping Southeast Asian nations push back against Beijing.

The ‘Mekong Dam Monitor,’ funded by the U.S. government and run by for-profit consultancy Eyes on Earth and the Washington-based Stimson Center gathers data using satellites to provide “a near-real time picture of how major dams and the climate impact the Mekong’s hydrological conditions,” according to a statement on Monday.

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Philip Heijmans