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Chinese dams not to blame for low Mekong water levels: report

While its own people in Texas are in dire straits amid an electricity-related crisis, the US has turned its attention to the Mekong water resource issue, while turning a blind eye to China’s efforts to resolve the problems.  Ned Price, US State Department spokesperson, raised “concerns ...

Hu Yuwei and Lu Hexing

US pledges to enhance cooperation with Mekong subregion’s countries

The US will bolster support for countries in the Mekong subregion through the Mekong-US partnership, US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs Atul Keshap said at a recent online seminar to reveal results of a report ...

VNA

Mekong needs tough govt stance

On Feb 8, Charge d’Affaires of Chinese Embassy Yang Xin paid a courtesy call to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, in which they exchanged Chinese New Year’s wishes, looking ahead for warmer relations and closer cooperation. One topic was missing from their friendly talks: the fluctuating water ...

BANGKOK POST EDITORIAL COLUMN

Mekong Nations Count Cost of Pandemic

For Bernard Kervyn, the pandemic has made poverty alleviation an even more challenging task in countries along the Mekong River. Kervyn, regional director in Vietnam and Cambodia for the nonprofit organization Mekong Plus, said the outbreak has led to a 30 percent rise in the number ...

YANG HAN in Hong Kong

Mekong's falling water level riles China's downstream neighbors

China’s water relations with Southeast Asian neighbors are under strain after Beijing held up the Mekong River’s flow at one of its large dams upstream, precipitating a sudden drop in volume for downstream countries that share the region’s longest body of water. “The water levels dropped ...

MARWAAN MACAN-MARKAR

Mekong Takes on Bluish Tinge as Water Levels Again Fall

Water levels in the Mekong River have fallen to “worrying” levels since the start of this year, the Mekong River Commission (MRC) said last week, as the region heads into a third straight year of below average rainfall. In a statement on February 12, the Mekong ...

Sebastian Strangio

Mekong River at 'worrying' low level amid calls for more Chinese dam data

Water levels in the Mekong River have fallen to a “worrying level” in part due to outflow restrictions from Chinese hydropower dams upstream, the Mekong River Commission (MRC) said on Friday, calling on Beijing to share all of its water data. The vital waterway has turned ...

Kay Johnson, Panu Wongcha-um

Thailand challenges Laos dam building spree on Mekong River

    Activists gathered Saturday in Paris to support people exposed to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War, after a French court examined the case of a French-Vietnamese woman who sued 14 companies that produced and sold the powerful defoliant dioxin used by U.S. troops. Former journalist Tran ...

MARWAAN MACAN-MARKAR

‘Not Sufficient’: Thailand Rejects Report on Lao Hydropower Dam

Thailand has reportedly rejected a new technical report on Laos’ Sanakham hydropower project – the latest sign of the growing consternation about the impact of mega-dams on the ecology of the Mekong River basin. On January 15, the country’s Chinese contractor submitted a revised technical report ...

Sebastian Strangio

United States and Vietnam Convene 17 Friends of the Mekong in Support of a Secure, Prosperous, and Open Mekong Region

On January 12, the United States and Vietnam co-hosted the first Friends of the Mekong Policy Dialogue under the new Mekong-U.S. Partnership.  In his remarks, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Ambassador Atul Keshap emphasized that the United States ...

U.S. Mission Cambodia

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