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What China’s vision of a ‘community of shared future’ means for the countries of the Mekong river

The countries of the Mekong should build a “community of shared future”, said China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi in December last year. The Lancang-Mekong Cooperative Framework is “practical and highly effective”, he said. “We do not go after a high-profile ‘talk shop’, but a down-to-earth ...

Study helps solve riddle of Mekong River age and Tibetan plateau formation

A Curtin University researcher is among an international team that has found evidence the Mekong River was formed mainly by climate and not tectonic forces, as is widely thought, and illuminated the long-debated age of the famous waterway. Keep reading ...

Syracuse geologists contribute to new understanding of Mekong River incision

An international team of earth scientists has linked the establishment of the Mekong River to a period of major intensification of the Asian monsoon during the middle Miocene, about 17 million years ago, findings that supplant the assumption that the river incised in response to ...

China-Laos railway completes first continuous beam block construction on Mekong River

The concrete casting for the first block of the Luang Prabang cross-Mekong River super major bridge’ continuous beam along the China-Laos Railway was completed on Sept. 17, the Chinese contractor told Xinhua on Saturday. Yan Haiyong, CPC party secretary of the China Railway No.8 Engineering ...

74th joint patrol on Mekong River starts

The 74th joint patrol on the Mekong River by law enforcement from China, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand began on Tuesday. Three Chinese vessels participated in the mission, which is aimed at reducing crime in the region. Keep reading ...

Mekong River faces a damming issue

Serving as South-east Asia’s most iconic waterway, the Mekong River is the lifeblood 
of the countries it flows through. However, fears are being raised that the 
rampant construction of dams will take a toll on the environment 
and tourism, writes Marissa Carruthers. Keep reading ...

Mekong River levels drop but floodwaters fail to drain from Nong Khai district

Even though the level of the Mekong River in Nong Khai’s Phon Pisai district is dropping, farmland, 20 homes and a school along Lam Suay Creek in Tambon Wat Luang remain submerged, as the river continues to block the drainage of floodwater from the creek. Keep ...

Mekong River water level above warning line in Southern Laos, flooding 161 villages

The governor of Lao province Champasak, Bounthong Divixay, said that until Monday, the water level of the Mekong River is 49 centimeters above the warning line and over a hundred villages around the province are flooded, including 24 villages of the province’s capital city Pakse, ...

72nd joint patrol on Mekong River starts

The 72nd joint patrol on the Mekong River with law enforcement from China, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand started on Tuesday. Six vessels and more than 100 law enforcement personnel participated in the mission, aiming to crack down on crime in the region. Keep reading ...

Piers of China-Laos railway bridge rise above Mekong River

The China Railway No.8 Engineering Group (CREC-8), in charge of the construction of the third section of the China-Laos Railway, said on Tuesday that it has built all the piers of the Ban Ladhan railway bridge over Mekong River above the flood level. Keep reading ...

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