Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - China to open up mekong discussion

China to open up mekong discussion

China to open up mekong discussion

Water conservation groups in Cambodia reacted positively on Thursday to a Chinese government announcement that it would begin sharing information about upstream water levels in the drought-affected Mekong River with countries downstream. The announcement came less than two weeks before Prime Minister Hun Sen and his regional counterparts are due to meet with Chinese officials at the Mekong River Summit in Hua Hin, Thailand, to discuss growing concerns over disruptions to the river’s water flow, widely thought to be caused by damming in China. Pich Dun, secretary general of the National Mekong Committee, welcomed the “great news” on Thursday, which he said paved the way for constructive talks at the upcoming meeting. Meach Mien, project coordinator of the 3S Rivers Protection Network, said that in the past only downstream countries had participated in the Mekong River Commission. “This is the first time China has become involved in sharing information with downstream countries – it’s a good point, it’s positive,” he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Serious flooding across country

    The Kampong Speu provincial Committee for Disaster Management on Wednesday issued an alert after non-stop heavy rain caused widespread flooding. In Koh Kong province, authorities are working with the disaster committee and the Cambodian Red Cross to assist those affected after more than 350 homes were

  • CNRP points to King in call for vote boycott

    Leaders of the former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) have taken a new tack in their call for a boycott of the national elections later this month. They are now claiming that the people should follow the King, who is expected to abide by tradition

  • Actress’s NGO takes heat for promoting the ruling party

    An actress’s NGO which participated in an election campaign event contrary to the Law on Association and Non-Governmental Organisations (Lango) has been slammed. Chorn Chanleakena, a celebrity and the president of the Association of Artists Volunteering to Help Society, allegedly led its members in

  • Troop moves ‘won’t worry people’

    Senior officials at the Ministry of Defence and National Police said on Tuesday that riot training provided to the country’s police forces were aimed at preventing unexpected demonstrations and strikes before and after the July 29 national elections. The troop mobilisation, they said, would not