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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Laos may need incentive to stop building Mekong dam

    Posted Jan 28th 2013, 12:00am by David Fullbrook

    ... David Fullbrook David Fullbrook says when words fail, incentives might persuade Laos to abandon its dam plan Mekong's natural riches are worth paying for Doing business in agriculture ... and the yield is good. Those days, however, are coming to an end. Laos is building the Xayaburi hydroelectric dam to block the Mekong, despite promising its neighbours that share the river it would not. ...

  2. News - Asia - ENVIRONMENT

    Laos' construction of barrage triggers Mekong crisis

    Posted Jan 19th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Fawthrop

    ... Tom Fawthrop in Chiang Mai Commission that controls development on the Mekong, a regional lifeline, is powerless to stop work on a massive hydropower scheme Credibility crisis over Laos damproject The four-nation Mekong River Commission (MRC) that supposedly co-ordinates activity on Southeast Asian's most important waterway faces a credibility crisis over the refusal by Laos ...

  3. News - Asia - LAOS

    Vietnam drops objections to Laos dam on Mekong

    Posted Nov 08th 2012, 06:27pm by Associated Press in Hanoi

    ... Associated Press in Hanoi Vietnam has apparently dropped its objections to a dam that Laos is constructing on the Mekong River, saying on Thursday that the neighbouring country has made changes in the design to mitigate any negative downstream impact. Laos officials reportedly said this week that construction of the Xayaburi dam was going ahead, and they took several journalists ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Laos risking decades of co-operation with Mekong dam project

    Posted Nov 17th 2012, 12:00am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Laos risking all with dam project Agreement between Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam on shared use of the Mekong River has long been hailed by the United Nations ... But self-interest has got the better of the Lao government, which has ignored pacts, its neighbours and environmentalists to break ground for a hydroelectric dam. At a stroke, it has eroded all that has ...

  5. News - Asia - ENVIRONMENT

    Finnish firm Poyry defends role in approval of massive dam in Laos

    Posted Nov 22nd 2012, 12:00am by Tom Fawthrop

    ... in Laos The consulting firm that gave Laos a green light for a controversial dam on the Mekong River, despite objections from downstream nations, is defending its role in the project, even ... that concluded the Xayaburi dam project was in compliance with Laos' obligations to fellow members of the Mekong River Commission, the international body that oversees the crucial waterway. Otto ...

  6. News - Asia - LAOS

    Laos holds “groundbreaking” ceremony for contentious Mekong dam

    Posted Nov 07th 2012, 03:15pm by Reuters in Xayaburi, Laos

    ... Reuters in Xayaburi, Laos Laos held a “groundbreaking” ceremony on Wednesday for a US$3.5 billion hydropower dam on the Mekong River that is opposed by environmentalists and some ... with preliminary work on access roads and the riverbank already under way, and Laos’ prime minister saying plans were still being considered. The poor Southeast Asian country has ambitions to become ...

  7. News - Asia - LAOS

    US urges Laos to address mega dam concerns

    Posted Nov 06th 2012, 06:00pm by Agence France-Presse in Washington

    ... Agence France-Presse in Washington The United States urged caution on Monday on plans by Laos to build a multibillion-dollar dam that has raised environmental concerns from neighbouring nations, saying its impact was still “unknown”. The US$3.8 billion hydroelectric project at Xayaburi, led by Thai group CH Karnchang, has sharply divided the four Mekong nations – Laos, Vietnam, ...

  8. News - Asia - LAOS

    Laos to begin construction of US$3.6b hydropower project on Mekong River

    Posted Nov 06th 2012, 12:00am by Bloomberg in Bangkok

    ... Bloomberg in Bangkok Vientiane says it has addressed concerns over impact on rice farming and fisheries Laos to start construction of US$3.6b dam project Laos will start construction ... "We have addressed most of the concerns." The hydropower plant is the first among eight that Laos plans to build to expand Southeast Asia's smallest economy by selling electricity ...

  9. News - Asia - ENVIRONMENT

    Controversial Mekong dam could devastate local population

    Posted Sep 13th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Fawthrop

    ... Tom Fawthrop in Xayaburi, Laos Concerns again raised that the controversial Xayaburi dam on the Mekong River will threaten the livelihoods of tens of millions Mekong dam could devastate local life Environmentalists are again raising concerns about the controversial Xayaburi dam on the Mekong River, saying efforts to make the project in Laos more "fish friendly" ...

  10. News - China - CRIME

    China considered using drone in Myanmar to kill wanted drug lord

    Posted Feb 20th 2013, 12:00am by Ernest Kao

    ... covering areas of Myanmar, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. "One plan was to use an unmanned aerial vehicle to carry 20kg of TNT to bomb the area, but the plan was rejected because we were ordered ... the hijacking of two cargo ships on the Mekong River in Thailand left 13 sailors dead in October that year. Joint investigations by police from China, Thailand, Laos and Myanmar eventually linked ...




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