A resident of Xishuangbanna Dai autonomous prefecture, Yunnan province, bathes in the Lancang River, as the Mekong is known in China, earlier this month. Photo: Reuters A resident of Xishuangbanna Dai autonomous prefecture, Yunnan province, bathes in the Lancang River, as the Mekong is known in China, earlier this month. Photo: Reuters
A resident of Xishuangbanna Dai autonomous prefecture, Yunnan province, bathes in the Lancang River, as the Mekong is known in China, earlier this month. Photo: Reuters
Richard Grünwald
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Richard Grünwald

How China’s cooperation with Mekong countries can overcome a trust deficit

  • The Lancang-Mekong Cooperation mechanism underwent a stress test following a report last year linking Chinese dams to reduced water flow in the Mekong River
  • To regain trust, it needs to depoliticise the science by ensuring accountable dialogue and increasing compliance and collaboration, writes Richard Grünwald

A resident of Xishuangbanna Dai autonomous prefecture, Yunnan province, bathes in the Lancang River, as the Mekong is known in China, earlier this month. Photo: Reuters A resident of Xishuangbanna Dai autonomous prefecture, Yunnan province, bathes in the Lancang River, as the Mekong is known in China, earlier this month. Photo: Reuters
A resident of Xishuangbanna Dai autonomous prefecture, Yunnan province, bathes in the Lancang River, as the Mekong is known in China, earlier this month. Photo: Reuters
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Richard Grünwald

Richard Grünwald

Richard Grünwald is a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Institute of International Rivers and Eco-Security, Yunnan University, China. His research interest is in Mekong hydropolitics and transboundary water governance in Southeast Asia