(July 2, 2010) Dams from both upstream and downstream are threatening the livelihoods of citizens on the Mekong River, writes Minh Hung in the Thanh Nien News.
(June 15, 2010) A letter from the Save the Mekong Coalition to the Mekong River Commission.
(April 26, 2010) An unusually long dry season, along with deforestation, pollution and dam-building, leaves farmers struggling. In some areas, people cannot even wash their hair regularly.
(April 21, 2010) The Xiaowan dam in the hills of Yunnan province is one of eight hydroelectric projects that will bring China’s industrial revolution to the impoverished region. It is by far the biggest of the four dams built so far that when done this year will be the biggest arch dam in the world.
(April 17, 2010) Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Song Tao told participants in the Mekong River Council Summit in Hua Hin, Thailand on April 5 that China is willing to promote cooperation with downstream countries in mitigating droughts and floods, sharing hydrographic technology and information, exchange and training of hydrographic experts, etc.
(April 15, 2010) Countries bordering the Mekong River have let the criticism flow unimpeded over China’s hydroelectric power expansion.
(April 9, 2010) Critics slam China’s hegemonic behavior in the Greater Mekong Sub-region.
(April 5, 2010) China has rejected claims that its dams on the Mekong River are to blame for record low water levels in downstream nations.
(April 5, 2010) Downstream nations along Asia’s Mekong River hailed China’s move to share data on reservoir levels and called for more cooperation as a severe drought heightens concerns that its dams have distorted water flows.
(April 3, 2010) China’s dam-building spree along the Mekong river in south-western Yunnan province has raised fears among several of its neighbours, who say the dams have led to shrinking levels of water downstream.
(April 3, 2010) Experts meeting to discuss Mekong River resources have urged countries along the Southeast Asian river to improve cooperation in developing hydropower. Delegates also urged China to share more information about its dam building on the Mekong.
(April 2, 2010) Chinese companies have begun building two large hydropower dams at a combined cost of more than $1 billion to feed electricity-starved Cambodia, officials in Phnom Penh said Thursday.
(April 2, 2010) Farmers and fishermen in countries that share the Mekong River with China, especially Thailand, have lashed out at China over four dams that span the Chinese portion of the 3,000-mile river, despite what appears to be firm scientific evidence that low rainfall is responsible for the plunging levels of the river, not China’s hydroelectric power stations.
(April 2, 2010) Fishermen and farmers in downstream countries are protesting the impact of China’s dams. But experts say that the dams also give China a huge potential for geopolitical influence.
(April 1, 2010) China will ramp up construction of dams, reservoirs and wells in response to a severe drought in the country’s south-west, but the move is likely to raise tensions with downstream countries, which have already blamed reduced river flows on Beijing.