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Why is Vietnam Worried About Cambodia’s Mekong Canal Project?

Via The Diplomat, an article on the proposed Funan Techo Canal that is set to connect Cambodia’s coast to the Mekong River via a system of lock gates: On December 11, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Manet met with his Vietnamese counterpart Pham Minh Chinh on an official visit to Vietnam’s capital Hanoi. During the two-day visit, the […]

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Mekong: A Vital Regional River Can Be a Route for U.S. Diplomacy

Courtesy of Foreign Policy, a commentary that U.S. President Biden’s Vietnam deals should center on the Mekong: On Sept. 10, Joe Biden pays his first visit to Vietnam as U.S. president, where he is expected to ink a deal to elevate the U.S.-Vietnam relationship from “comprehensive” to “comprehensive strategic”—the highest level of Vietnam’s diplomatic hierarchy. […]

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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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Thirsty Dragon: Chinese Dams Make ‘Upstream Superpower’ Presence Felt In Asia

Via Nikkei Asia, the first article in a three-part series exploring the effects that the actions of upstream nations – exacerbated by climate change – have on countries downstream: Water is released from the Xiaolangdi Reservoir Dam on the Yellow River in a sand-discharging operation. July 2022, Luoyang, China. (Footage via Getty Images) Drought in […]

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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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Vietnam’s Drought Dries Up Income

Via Terra Daily, an article on Vietnam’s drought: On the shores of a reservoir that feeds one of Vietnam’s biggest hydropower plants, Dang Thi Phuong points at the cracked ground where the fish that help her earn a living normally swim.After a series of heatwaves, including a record high in May, and an unprecedented drought, […]

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