China has a colonial agenda with Laos. It provides aid and investment, but both come at the cost of Laotian sovereignty.
The code should include three main components: confidence building measures, preventive diplomacy and dispute settlement mechanisms.
Sustainability key as two bodies discuss future management of vital waterway.
The $US66 billion project wish list and more from the ministerial and side meetings that took place in Hanio
Their 5-year Hanoi Action Plan, with Regional Investment Framework of 226 subregion development projects worth 2 trillion baht are on the table.
The call for a moratorium on dam-building is the least risky option and only way to protect Mekong fisheries and its riparian people.
Tens of thousands of fuel-burning chambers being installed on the Tibetan plateau (Mekong headwaters) as China launches cutting-edge rainmaking
The Mekong River ecosystem has been devastated from rising water levels during the dry season, as upstream dams in China discharge water to facilitate navigation.
Hydroelectric dams in several countries on the mainstream of the Mekong River has seriously impacted people living along it, a forum heard last week.
NGOs along the Mekong are taking advantage of tougher environmental compliance to pressure Chinese companies.