By funding infrastructure and development, China can increase its economic and strategic leverage over poorer neighbors.
Water management decision making is concentrated in the hands of the politically and financially powerful few, who determine how water gets allocated.
Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang used a visit to Cambodia this week to strengthen China-led economic integration across mainland Southeast Asia.
Beijing has pledged billions of dollars to build new infrastructure in Cambodia as payback for impacts of Chinese mega-dams across the Mekong.
Leaders of the six countries sharing the Mekong River on Wednesday adopted a five-year plan of action on sub-regional cooperation.
China has the upper hand over a resource that serves as the economic lifeblood of its poor southern backyard.
Do all six countries who share the Mekong River share the same spirit of camaraderie? For answers, look to today’s 2nd Lancang-Mekong Cooperation Summit.
“…we notice banks are still interested in financing projects that meet efficiency standards,” notes UK-based consultancy Wood Mackenzie
Conditions are ripe GMS to embrace sustainable agriculture and become a source of environmentally friendly produce.
Mekong River leaders will be busy this year at meetings of many regional cooperation schemes that observers have said are overlapping.