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Are Laos’ Land-Linking Dreams a Risky Bet?

The Lao government aspires to gain centrality in the Greater Mekong Subregion via new infrastructure; but at what price? The Lao government is strongly pushing ahead with different projects to better connect the country to the main transport networks of the region and integrate it into ...

Fabio Figiaconi

Something Is Very Wrong on the Mekong River

The Mekong is reeling from the combined onslaught of climate change, sand-mining, and incessant damming of the river, which combined to help cause the worst drought recorded in over 100 years in July. “This is the worst ecological disaster in history of the of Mekong region,” declared Thai ...

Tom Fawthrop

China, the Mekong River and Thailand’s Regional Infrastructure Fund

The headwaters of the Mekong River are located on the Tibetan plateau in China. The 4,350 kilometre-long river flows through Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Thailand is seeking to establish a regional fund with its riparian neighbours. The fund is intended to provide capital ...

$66b invested in Greater Mekong Sub-region: ADB official

The Greater Mekong, including Việt Nam, is expected to have a colossal US$66 billion poured in to strengthen regional economic co-operation in the next five years, said an Asian Development Bank (ADB) official on Tuesday. Keep reading ...

VNS Reporter

Flood control ‘lacking’

Cambodia and Vietnam currently lack a system to effectively forecast and control flooding in the Sesan and Srepok river basins, both at the national and intergovernmental level, according to a study published by the Mekong River Commission (MRC). Keep reading   ...

Yesenia Amaro

Global Center for Mekong Studies launched in Cambodia

Global Center for Mekong Studies (GCMS) was launched here on Thursday with the aim of promoting academic exchanges and providing intellectual support for Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC). Keep reading ...

Xinhua News Staff

China’s Mekong plans threaten disaster for countries downstream

Thirty million people depend for a living on the Mekong, the great Asian river that runs through Southeast Asia from its origins in the snowfields of Tibet to its end in the delta region of Vietnam, where it fertilizes one of the world’s richest agricultural ...

Richard Bernstein

Spread of malaria resistance spurs debate on fighting disease

News that resistance to artemisinin combination drugs – the frontline response against malaria – is spreading has spurred debate on whether a new approach is needed to counter the disease and other serious threats to human health. Artemisinin drug-resistant P falciparum C580Y mutant malaria parasites have now ...

Jim Pollard

$64b GMS action plan

Cambodia as a member of the six-nation Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) endorsed a five-year action plan framework that includes $64 billion in projects to help the sub-region achieve inclusive growth and sustainable development. Keep reading   ...

Sum Manet

Southeast Asia Looks Likely to See More U.S. Investment

American business enthusiasm in Southeast Asia is bent but far from broken even as the region grapples with a new trade framework and less U.S. government involvement, according to a survey by the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore. Keep reading ...

Michelle Jamrisko

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