China is taking control of the flow of Southeast Asia’s most important river through a dam-building “spree”, and “rapid-blasting”, the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warns.
The people in the lower Mekong predict the unstable water level will decimate migratory fish stocks and impact food security in an area where local communities depend on river fish.
“We believe that Vietnam will have the capacity to resolve their power shortages by increasing electricity imports over the coming years, which will come largely from Laos and China.”
Instead of committing to the goal of mitigating climate change by phasing out fossil-fuel industries, the Thai government has chosen to go after an easy target – the poor and the landless.
Farmers and fisherman in the Mekong Delta are grappling with drought and worsening water salinity as low river flows compromise livelihoods.
The report did not mention the details of the cooperation but said that both countries could benefit from the exchange of ideas, experience, and technology.
Villagers living near the compound have claimed that the company logs trees at wildlife sanctuaries – especially at Phnom Prich Wildlife Sanctuary – and passes the timber off as being obtained from within their economic land concessions.
Perhaps most alarming, experts expect that droughts and disruptions to the water flow of the Mekong will become more common, and they warn that it could eventually lead to the collapse of the entire ecosystem.