Chinese investment in Southeast Asia is plummeting

China-funded infrastructure projects in Southeast Asia have plunged in the past year as foreign governments grow wary of Beijing’s overseas investments. The value of newly announced big-ticket deals in the region – investment commitments and construction contracts worth more than $100 million – dropped just  ...

What does Chinese ‘reciprocity’ mean for Mekong’s dams?

China is exploring new ways to cooperate over water with Mekong countries, but any agreement must address civil society and environmental concerns, argues Carl Middleton. Keep reading ...

Cambodians wary as Chinese investment transforms their country

As boom-mounted cameras swept the horizon, a drone hovered above more than 50,000 party faithful who had begun streaming noisily through the Cambodian capital well before dawn, dressed in white shirts and caps, and waving blue flags. Keep reading ...

Chinese Gaining Influence over Foreign Airports

China’s economic weight and influence continue to effect change in the air transport industry as a growing number of Chinese firms look beyond its borders for investment opportunities in foreign airports. The most recent wave of outbound investment appears some 30 miles outside Cambodia’s tourist ...

Chinese Whispers in Yangon as Myanmar Weighs Rohingya Deal With UN

The Myanmar government is in a bind. In order to stave off Western sanctions for its alleged mistreatment of the Rohingya, it is considering signing a memorandum with UN agencies that would set terms for the repatriation of Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh. But China does ...

Chinese port project could land Myanmar in debt trap

The Myanmar town of Kyaukpyu, nestled around a small fishing port on the Bay of Bengal, has the air of a place expecting to get rich soon. In the market, stalls of seafood unloaded from wooden fishing boats have been joined by stacks of Chinese-made ...

Talking with the Chinese on the Brahmaputra

An Indian academic shares her experience of interacting with her Chinese peers on the transboundary Brahmaputra river, their mutual concerns, and learning to work together. []They also cited the case of the Mekong and mentioned the diverse interests of each country in the Mekong river basin. ...

Anamika Barua

Rak Chiang Khong Seeks Help from Chinese Environmentalist Group Over Dam Projects on Mekong River

Rak Chiang Khong a local conservation group based in Chiang Rai province is contacting the Beijing-based Friends of Nature (FON) to seek advice on Chinese overseas investments in dam projects, Sor Rattanamanee Polkla, a lawyer for the Mekong Legal Network told the Bangkok Post. The group, ...


Floodwater released by Chinese dam in Cambodia submerges village

Floodwater released by a recently opened Chinese hydroelectric dam in Cambodia has completely submerged a village, the campaign group International Rivers said on Friday (Feb 2). Hundreds of families from five villages in the northern province of Stung Treng had moved several months ago to designated ...

Amy Sawitta Lefevre/Simon Cameron-Moore

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