A fisherman pulls up his net on the Mekong in Cambodia’s Kandal province. The mighty river feeds tens of millions of people, but is under threat from the Chinese dams cementing Beijing’s physical and diplomatic influence in Southeast Asia. Photo: AFP

Are Chinese-funded dams on the Mekong River washing away Cambodian livelihoods?

Beijing’s spending on hydropower projects is welcomed by many poorer Southeast Asian countries, but it comes with a huge environmental and social cost, experts say

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A fisherman pulls up his net on the Mekong in Cambodia’s Kandal province. The mighty river feeds tens of millions of people, but is under threat from the Chinese dams cementing Beijing’s physical and diplomatic influence in Southeast Asia. Photo: AFP
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Laura Zhou

Laura Zhou

Laura Zhou joined the South China Morning Post's Beijing bureau in 2010. She covers China's diplomatic relations and has reported on topics such as Sino-US relations, China-India disputes, and reactions to the North Korea nuclear crisis, as well as other general news.