Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. #1
    Thailand Expat misskit's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Last Online
    @
    Location
    Chiang Mai
    Posts
    33,661

    China Inks Deal to Provide Year-Round Mekong Data to Downstream Countries

    China formally agreed on Thursday to provide the Mekong River Commission with year-round data on water flows on the Mekong, a move aimed at better monitoring and forecasting of floods and drought on the important regional waterway.


    Signed by China’s Ministry of Water Resources and the Commission during a one-day virtual MRC Dialogue Partners Meeting, the agreement pledges full cooperation in information sharing, a commitment welcomed by Southeast Asian countries downstream that had formerly received data only during the region’s rainy season.


    “This agreement is a landmark in the history of China-MRC cooperation,” An Pich Hatda—MRC Secretariat Chief Executive Officer—said at the signing, according to an Oct. 22 statement by the MRC, a regional grouping including Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam.


    “The increased regulation of the [Mekong’s] basin and the opportunities and challenges it brings calls for greater data and information sharing, improved water release notifications, coordination of operations, and enhanced early warning systems,” Hatda said.


    “China has also agreed to share urgent information on any unusual rise or fall in water levels and discharges, as well as other relevant information on factors that might lead to flooding in the lower reaches of the basin,” the MRC said.


    Thursday’s agreement follows an assurance in August by China’s Prime Minister Le Keqiang that Beijing would move cooperation on the river to a “fast track” after a report earlier in the month by downstream countries called for increased sharing of information about dams along the waterway.


    U.S. Assistant Secretary of State David Stilwell called the data sharing agreement "something we’ve been pressing for."


    "This information is critically important to the countries downstream of the PRC on the Mekong who need that water for crops, for fish, for just life itself," Stilwell, head of the bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, told a briefing on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's upcoming Asia visit.


    A series of 11 dams in China and two in Laos, along with others along the Mekong’s tributaries, have significantly altered the natural flow of the 3,100-mile river, which rises on the Tibetan Plateau and empties into the South China Sea in Vietnam.


    The Mekong, the world’s 12th-longest river, stretches through six nations before draining into the South China Sea. Its waters flow from China past Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam, affecting more than 60 million people who depend on the river and its tributaries for food, transportation, and water.


    Critics have faulted China’s dams on the river for contributing to recent droughts that have severely damaged agriculture and fish stocks in neighboring countries.


    In April, a U.S. study found that China had compounded the 2019 drought that devastated fishing and farming communities in other nations by restricting water flow from its dams.


    Satellite measurements of “surface wetness” indicated that the Chinese dams in the Upper Mekong had “above-average” water levels when last year’s drought took place in Thailand and other countries downstream, Alan Basist, president of the research company Eyes on Earth Inc., told BenarNews, an RFA-affiliated online news service, at the time of the report’s release.


    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sept. 14 that a new U.S.-Mekong Partnership would help combat transnational crimes and strengthen water security for partner countries where China’s manipulation of water flows on the river has exacerbated drought.

    China Inks Deal to Provide Year-Round Mekong Data to Downstream Countries

  2. #2
    Thailand Expat harrybarracuda's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Last Online
    @
    Posts
    71,030
    That's nice. So the chinkies will tell them all "You've got no water".....

  3. #3
    RIP pseudolus's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Last Online
    @
    Posts
    18,132
    Spot on HArry - the MEkong is virtually dry now.


  4. #4
    Thailand Expat harrybarracuda's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Last Online
    @
    Posts
    71,030
    Quote Originally Posted by pseudolus View Post
    Spot on HArry - the MEkong is virtually dry now.

    I am well aware of it, having seen it with my own eyes. It is shocking.

    I'd dreading seeing what the chinkies have done to Tonle Sap when I next cast my eyes over it.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •