These rocks and rapids in Thai waters along the Mekong stand between Beijing and dominance over the Lower stretch of the river.
Now man holds reign. And there is something wrong with the Mekong. The ‘Mother of Water’ as this great river is known throughout the regions it passes, is sick.
“We live in a part of the world that will be hit incredibly hard by climate change. The disruptions to agriculture and food security will be enormous. People will simply not be able to live as they are, where they are.”
Water levels have fluctuated sharply with testing, but some are encouraged that China gave warning of its plan.
A Cambodian rights group is calling for an investigation into the death of a jailed land-rights protester, saying that witness accounts of events leading to the man’s death contradict official denials of abuse by police.
The country has driven investment to new places like Cambodia. Yet that growth has also brought risks for Beijing.