World View: China’s Mekong River Dams Criticized for Affecting Other Countries’ Livelihoods

Multiple dams and hydropower projects being built in China on the Lancang Jiang River, which becomes the Mekong River when it leaves China, are having a significant effect on the livelihoods and living conditions of millions of people along the Mekong River in downstream countries. The Mekong originates on China’s Tibetan plateau and flows over 4,000 km through southern China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam.

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