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Richard Cronin is quoted in Thanh Nien Daily on the impacts of Chinese dam construction

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Mekong River at risk as Laos forges ahead with dam-building spree

Construction of a giant controversial dam in Laos has been well underway since it began in late 2012. Laos is also set to push ahead with a second hydropower dam on the Mekong River this year in the face of growing concerns among its neighbors.

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“China itself doesn’t need the power but stands to gain in two ways: First, work for Chinese dam-building and engineering companies,” said Richard Cronin, director of the Southeast Asia program at Stimson Center, a US-based research institute.

“Second, China gains a lot of political influence,” Cronin said. “China has already largely displaced Vietnam’s former influence.”

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