THAILAND-THE TUSSLE WITH CHINA IN THE MEKONG BASIN
Flag of promotion for the Mekong River Commission in occasion of finishing the new building office in Vientiane, Laos, Oct 2005. Wikimedia Commons
By Supalak Ganjanakhundee
The Nation-Nov 13
Countries in the lower Mekong basin are in need of a collective strategy to secure their future, given China’s control of the river upstream and ongoing changes in global geo-politics. The Mekong runs 4,909 kilometers from Western China through Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. But only its lower portion is regulated by an international agreement and multi-country organization. Not covered is China’s part of the river, which it calls the Lancang.
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First published in: The Nation