A giant Buddha on the Thai side of the Golden Triangle in Chiang Rai province, with Myanmar in the background. Photo: AFP A giant Buddha on the Thai side of the Golden Triangle in Chiang Rai province, with Myanmar in the background. Photo: AFP
A giant Buddha on the Thai side of the Golden Triangle in Chiang Rai province, with Myanmar in the background. Photo: AFP

Chinese power along Mekong River proves divisive as commerce and conservation clash

  • Beijing hopes to dredge the riverbed in northern Thailand to allow passage for cargo ships and possibly military vessels
  • Laos and Cambodia have been courted by Chinese investment but Thai activists claim Chinese dams are destroying their way of life

Topic |   China-Asean relations
A giant Buddha on the Thai side of the Golden Triangle in Chiang Rai province, with Myanmar in the background. Photo: AFP A giant Buddha on the Thai side of the Golden Triangle in Chiang Rai province, with Myanmar in the background. Photo: AFP
A giant Buddha on the Thai side of the Golden Triangle in Chiang Rai province, with Myanmar in the background. Photo: AFP
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