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Vietnam’s Mekong Delta Is Sinking, But Innovations Offer Hope 

Courtesy of Nikkei Asia, a look at the threatened Mekong Delta: A ribbon of water runs alongside Ho Van Hong’s star-apple and durian trees, just wide enough for the farmer’s blue canoe to glide by. He scoops from the channel to water his orchard in the heart of the Mekong Delta. The grove has been […]

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Latest Mekong Dam Will Produce Little Power, But Much Environmental Harm

Courtesy of Circle of Blue, perspective on a dam project impacting an important Mekong tributary: Southeast Asia’s Mekong River, known as the most productive river system on the planet, sustains the livelihoods of tens of millions of people through fishing and farming. For years, the world’s largest inland fishery has also been under assault from […]

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The Thirsty Dragon: Mekong Water Use Tests China’s Claimed ‘Good-Neighborliness’

Via The Pacific Forum, a look at China’s use of Mekong River water: China claims to be a uniquely benevolent international actor—a great power that, unlike other great powers past and present, does not practice “power politics” (self-interested bullying of smaller states) and is not “selfish” or warlike. The PRC government styles itself as the custodian of principles […]

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No Mainstream: The Mekong’s Competing Definitions

Courtesy of The Diplomat, an article on how – both within and between nations – Southeast Asia’s largest river gives rise to competing, and in some cases conflicting, notions: Last September, during a Thailand-Australia Policy Dialogue organized by the Asia Foundation and the Australian National University in Canberra, I was reminded of the ice-breaking exercise […]

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Laos Takes Another Step Forward on Controversial Mekong Dam

Courtesy of The Diplomat, an article on continued progress towards the new China-backed Pak Lay hydropower project, one of nine dams that the Lao government has planned for the Mekong River: Yesterday, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported that Thai and Chinese investors have signed a power purchase agreement that opens the way to the construction of a […]

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Time To Change Myopic View Of The Mekong

Via The Asia Times, commentary on saving the Mekong, which may require looking below the surface of the river: All eyes this week are on the Mekong, the mighty river that is the lifeblood of Southeast Asia. As prime ministers, diplomats, and business and finance leaders gather in Vientiane for the fourth Mekong River Commission […]

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