But the real game changer will be the Pan-Asia Railway Network, with separate routs via Vietnam and Cambodia, one through Laos and the third through Myanmar.
The issue poses significant challenges for the Southeast Asian state’s future trajectory.
Ignoring cross border impacts of large infrastructure projects will spark conflict along rivers.
Thailand has been swamped by waste from the west after Chinese ban on imports
Because Bangkok is spearheading the fund, it will contribute seed money, Thai Premier said, without elaborating. Senior officials from the five nations would meet later this year to discuss details.
Laos notified the Mekong River Commission (MRC) last week of its intention to build a 770 megawatt dam at Pak Lay in Xayaburi province.
These Mekong regional summits take place this weekend in Bangkok, and should be integrated into one body.
95 percent of its coral reefs are gone. Absent more restrictions, recovery won’t happen. (Closed Islands in Southeast Asia under threat from tourism – Part 2)
President Duterte called the island a “cesspool”. (Closed Islands in Southeast Asia under threat from tourism – Part 1)
China’s growing control over the Mekong is a crucial component of immobilising sovereignty in mainland Southeast Asia.