Water wars: Mekong River another front in U.S.-China rivalry

Asia Pacific | FOCUS Jul 25, 2020

Water wars: Mekong River another front in U.S.-China rivalry

The Mekong River has become a new front in the U.S.-China rivalry, environmentalists and officials say, with Beijing overtaking Washington in both spending and influence over downstream countries at the mercy of its control of the river's waters. It's a confrontation in which the administration ...

Chinese dams held back Mekong waters during drought, study finds

Asia Pacific Apr 14, 2020

Chinese dams held back Mekong waters during drought, study finds

China's Mekong River dams held back large amounts of water during a damaging drought in downstream countries last year despite China having higher-than-average water levels upstream, a U.S. research company said in a study. China's government disputed the findings, saying there was low rainfall during ...

Virus deals new blow to Cambodian city bound to China

Asia Pacific Feb 21, 2020

Virus deals new blow to Cambodian city bound to China

An influx of Chinese that some Cambodians once resented for bringing noise, dust and chaos to the port of Sihanoukville is the cause of more pain now that it has gone into reverse. The new coronavirus has meant yet another setback for Sihanoukville after the ...