Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Even if not to blame for Mekong drought, still a bad neighbor

When will China realize that a lesson it learned during the 2003 SARS crisis has broad applicability?

In Bangkok leaders are meeting to discuss a different crisis that may implicate China. The Mekong is running at a historic low and some 14,000 Thai villages are affected by the drought. Thailand claims several new dams in China are to blame. (The map at right shows the new dams China is building along the Mekong). Meanwhile, the government of Cambodia does not blame China -- possibly on account of the level of Chinese investment the country is receiving.


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