Images of China’s Jinghong Dam Show No Signs of Relief to Downstream Mekong Countries

China claims it’s helping downstream Mekong countries, satellite imagery suggest China’s hurting those countries.

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In a rare mano-a-mano with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi claims “China released more water from its dams than usual to mitigate the [Mekong] drought problem downstream” Sorry, Wang Yi, the satellite images suggest the Jinghong Dam has done nothing to relieve drought. Compare downstream images of peak drought on July 19, 2019 and August 2, 2019.

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