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The Mekong region under the shadow of Chinese dams
Because of rising tensions in “water diplomacy” around the Mekong River, the region could become another geopolitical hotspot along the South China Sea. China’s clutch of hydropower dams control the water flow to downstream countries, leaving them vulnerable to drought and political blackmail. The lack of external major-power involvement from beyond the immediate region means China’s dominance is unlikely to abate.