But the danger of over-worrying is to make it the top concern, and thus give BRI a status it hasn’t earned.
Bridges, decorated with Lao and Chinese flags, that Chinese companies have participated in constructing, are particularly outstanding.
Japan’s success in the Mekong does not solely depend on its economic statecraft nor on China’s development initiatives.
Communities across the Mekong and elsewhere can look to the Heinda mining case to see one method of influencing development projects.
While the world’s attention is focused on China’s losing battle to clean up its air pollution, Vietnam’s own turmoil is also coming into view.
Measures to combat wildlife trafficking fail in Vietnam as many people still believe consuming endangered wildlife products is good for their health.
The project aims to help Laos in effectively exploiting, using and managing its own natural resources and environment.
Across Southeast Asia, recyclers operating in Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Malaysia have been overwhelmed by the sheer volume that China once easily absorbed.
Laos’ strategy of “Battery of Southeast Asia” goes well with the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative illustrated by the Nam Ou cascade hydropower project.