These schemes would feed China’s north not just from the Yangtze but from transnational rivers, including the Yarlung Tsangpo, the Nu and the Lancang/Mekong.
China has proposed 38 projects under the CMEC. However, Myanmar only approved nine projects at the second BRI forum in Beijing in April last year.
Three dams have now been built by China’s Sinohydro Corporation on the Nam Ou river, which runs through Luang Prabang and Phongsaly provinces, with four more scheduled for completion this year.
Among its challenges are that there are no signs of the drought affecting much of the country ending, and the Mekong River is drying out with the potential to become a regional flashpoint.
Vietnam’s Foreign Minister responds to questions raised at a regular press meet about the impacts of China launching a trial run of the Jinghong Dam from January 1 to 4.
Drought, rising sea levels and a rush to build dams are threatening the livelihoods of those who rely on the river to survive