A U.S.-funded project using satellites to track and publish water levels at Chinese dams on the Mekong river was announced on Monday, adding to the superpowers’ rivalry in Southeast Asia.
Development and large-scale investment projects such as China’s BRI are not waiting for a national land law to be finalized and adopted, but instead are using the current uncertain political situation and pro-business laws.
On January 1, China will no longer be accepting waste from other countries, with Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia likely to feel the brunt of the new policy.
“Iff we come to conclude that construction will have a damaging effect on the environment in Thailand, we will exercise our right as a member of the Mekong River Commission to stop the project.”
Government enthusiasm is tempered by fierce opposition from some villagers who complain the construction sites of some WTE projects are too close to communities and water sources.
We thought we could push the government to act on an arguably life-or-death issue. But we were fighting against a mammoth organisation with the inertia factor of a large glacier.
Houayheuang Xayabouly was arrested for a Facebook video about the lackluster response to severe flooding in the country and sentenced to five years in jail for attempting to overthrow the party.
Wan branded the SEZ project as a part of Xi Jinping’s BRI initiative. United States Institute of Peace says the project is designed to provide a new home for Chinese businesses being forced out of Cambodia due to a joint crackdown.
In some areas of Preah Vihear province, the authorities seized land and ordered people to leave. In the end, the land where the people had lived fell into the hands of powerful people and the private sector.