Mekong River in danger of becoming ‘Chinese river’

Plans to build hydropower dams on the upper Mekong will turn Southeast Asia’s longest waterway into a “Chinese river”, the regional head of the US-based Stimson Centre has warned.

China has already built four hydropower dams on the upper mekong River in Yunnan province and plans another four, despite the unknown impact on downstream nations Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Burma and Vietnam.

“Unless all six countries get together and work through this issue, the likelihood is this river will become a Chinese river,” said Richard Cronin, who heads the Southeast programme of the Stimson Centre, a US-based think tank that focuses on global security issues.

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