The Environment and Development: Greater Mekong Subregion Dynamics Considered

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In no part of the world are the tensions between the transboundary impacts of globalization and national borders, and between development and the environment, more evident than in the 795,000-square-kilometer basin drained by the Mekong River and its tributaries. The Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS), one of the world’s most biologically diverse and productive areas, is comprised of five Southeast Asian countries— Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam—and China’s Yunnan Province and Guangxi Autonomous Zone. The latter technically is not part of the Mekong Basin but has an overland trade relationship with neighboring Vietnam. 

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