Only through joint and timely actions can the countries of the Mekong-Lancang river basin overcome the current challenges to protect common prosperity and culture, stated the Vietnamese Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Trần Hồng Hà.
Lancang-Mekong River countries have vowed strengthened cooperation on water resources management as they forge ahead to cope with common challenges in the basin, including drought caused by climate change.
Opinion by Song Qingrun, an associate professor and PhD at the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, published by China Global Television Network
Swathes of paddy fields across the Mekong Delta in Lao PDR, Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar were inundated by the flood of water from both heavy rains and burst dams. Damaged reduced production up to 30 percent.
China has dammed and now controls the flow of the Mekong River, yet omplaints about the Mekong have been muffled, in part because China has little to fear from smaller countries like Laos, Thailand, and Cambodia.
The five cities comprise Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai in Thailand, Chiang Tun in Myanmar’s Shan State, Chiang Rung in China’s Jinhong (Yunnan) and Chiang Thong in Laos’ Luang Prabang.
The arc where mountains meet the plains via the Mekong and other major river valleys form the Indo-Burma hotspot that includes Laos is well known as an area of immense natural and ecological value.
China’s Belt and Road Iniative could deliver more damage to an already fragile ecosystem that helps support some 284 million people.