Releasing water from China’s dams ‘won’t wash away mistrust’ over Mekong

The Chinese government is showing no compassion or empathy here. Hugs, Barbara

Peace and Freedom

By Catherine Wong
South China Morning Post

China has long been criticised over its management of resources in the river’s upper reaches

PUBLISHED : Monday, 18 April, 2016, 5:00am

On the surface it was meant to ease Southeast Asia’s record drought but analysts said China’s release of water from a Mekong River dam was superficial and ­unlikely to allay downstream ­mistrust about Beijing’s water diplomacy.

Southeast Asia is in the grip of its worst drought in decades, with supplies in the Mekong dwindling for both drinking water and ­irrigation.

The Mekong, known in China as the Lancang, runs from the ­Tibetan plateau through Yunnan to Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.

China discharged water from the Jinghong dam in Yunnan between March 15 and April…

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