Tension with China Likely as Mekong at Lowest Level for 30 Years


As the Mekong runs to its lowest level in three decades, boat traffic has had to be suspended and, in common with other waterways in the region, people wonder how they are going to survive. There will be the economic cost of reduced trade (there is an estimate of 100 million baht so far) and also the threat to the approximately 50 million people who rely on the Mekong in one way or another.

There will also, it seems inevitable, be increased tension with China, since it is widely believed that it is damming of the Lancang (which is the term used in China for the Mekong – it means something like the ‘turbulent river’) upstream which is the principal contributory factor to low levels.

Water wars or at least skirmishes seem likely this year in many parts of the GMSR.

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JW

JW has been one of the first contributors to this blog before he gave up on it all in April 2010, during a time when Thai society got more and more polarized about political matters because of red-shirt protesters.

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