Is Mekong River set to become the new South China Sea for regional disputes?

The Beijing-led Lancang-Mekong Cooperation mechanism was set up to help ease tensions over development projects, but environmental groups are yet to be convinced

 South China Morning Post PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 02 January, 2018, 9:00pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 03 January, 2018, 12:09am

Foreign ministers from the six countries through which the Mekong flows met in southwestern China last month to approve a draft of a five-year development plan for the river. But as state leaders prepare to finalise the proposal at a meeting in Cambodia later this month, environmental groups have expressed concern over what it could mean for Southeast Asia’s longest waterway.

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Sông Mêkông: Một Biển Đông mới trong tranh chấp Trung Quốc-ASEAN ?

media Ảnh minh họa : Một con kênh tại huyện Long Phú, tỉnh Sóc Trăng, châu thổ sông Mêkông cạn khô nước. Ảnh chụp ngày 08/03/2016. STR / AFP

Trong hai ngày 10-11/01/2018, hội nghị thượng đỉnh cơ chế Hợp Tác Lan Thương – Mêkông lần thứ 2 sẽ mở ra tại Phnom Penh, thủ đô Cam Bốt. Nhân dịp này, nhật báo Hồng Kông South China Morning Post, trong số ra ngày 03/01, đã phân tích thêm về cơ chế hợp tác do Trung Quốc chủ xướng, trên danh nghĩa là để góp phần giảm bớt căng thẳng đến từ các đề án trên sông Mêkông, nhưng đã bị các nhà bảo vệ môi sinh hết sức hoài nghi. Bài viết không ngần ngại đặt thành tựa câu hỏi : «Phải chăng sông Mêkông sắp trở thành một Biển Đông mới trong tranh chấp khu vực? Is Mekong River set to become the new South China Sea for regional disputes?».

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China vs. Philippines in South China Sea: The Only Thing You Need to Know

National Interest

Manila can sue Beijing all it wants, but in the end it seems Chinese leaders already know how they will respond. . .

June 17, 2016

In just a few weeks the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague will render its verdict in a case filed by the Philippines to challenge China’s longstanding maritime claims in the South China Sea. While the result of that arbitration remains unknown, Beijing has already telegraphed how it will react should the court rule in Manila’s favor. Tiếp tục đọc “China vs. Philippines in South China Sea: The Only Thing You Need to Know”

U.S. ‘hypocrisy’ and Chinese cash strengthen Beijing’s hand in South China Sea

Washington Post

June 19 at 2:00 AM

China’s New Silk Road Into Europe Is About More Than Money

FP

Beijing is spending billions on new ports and rail lines, but its ambitions for Europe are as much about geopolitics as commerce.

China’s New Silk Road Into Europe Is About More Than Money

China is actively building out the European portion of its ambitious new “Silk Road” plan, with port deals from Greece to the Netherlands, railroad investments in Greece, Serbia, and Hungary, as well as a handful of historic, high-profile state visits this spring by President Xi Jinping. Tiếp tục đọc “China’s New Silk Road Into Europe Is About More Than Money”