HYDRO-POLITICS IN THE MEKONG BASIN
The KOREA TIMES Commentary
The Mekong River is the eleventh largest river in the world extending from China, over 4900km long and flowing through Myanmar , Laos , Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Due to the geographic location and shape of the river basin, it is a transboundary basin that flows through various countries. Thus it is not surprising that conflicts would arise over this river since the water in the basin is a shared resource, supporting 60 million people in SouthEast Asia. Any modifications or political plans implemented by any country over their section of the Mekong River, may have adverse effects on rivers downstream. Thus, the Mekong River is a constant and ongoing source of political dispute among countries who share this geographical location with the river…
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