By Apinya Wipatayothin
Bangkok, Thailand, March 22, 2016
China has agreed to share information on the management of dams in the Mekong River, known as Lancang in China, with other countries connected to the river, says Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment spokesman Suphot Tovichakchaikul.
The move aims to reduce the impact of these dams on millions of people who reside around the lower part of the Mekong River, he added.
Mr Suphot, as chief of the Department of Water Resources, said China’s commitment will be indicated in the Sanya Declaration, which sets out guidelines for cooperation among the six members of the Mekong-Lancang Cooperation (MLC) deal: Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.
The first MLC leaders’ meeting will start tomorrow and continue until Thursday in the city of Sanya in China’s Hainan province.
The MLC cooperation guidelines will cover politics and security, economy and sustainable development, social-cultural cooperation and close relations among people.
Water management falls under economy and sustainable development.