November 6, 2019 | BBC
The nature and magnitude of the conflict over the use of the Mekong River water source makes it liken to a second East Sea.
But the problem is how to resolve those disputes?
Late last October, the first hydroelectric dam in the lower Mekong - Xayaburi Dam 1,285 megawatts - began commercial operations in Laos, amid villagers in Thailand protesting.
Protesters said the Xayaburi dam and many other constructions under construction would destroy their livelihoods in the future, according to Reuters.
The dam is the first of at least hydroelectric projects under construction or planned to be built in the lower Mekong River in Laos, according to Reuters news agency.
The dam came into operation at a time when many areas of the Mekong River dried up despite being at the end of the rainy season.
This event further illustrates the importance of resolving disputes over the use of water resources on the Mekong River.
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