Game of Thrones
Mekong River Is the Newest Asian Battleground
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  • Andrew Allison

    It’s true that 69 is “over sixty feet”, but almost 70 would have been more accurate, More to the point, are the falls really home to catfish (which tend to prefer less turbulent waters)? Even more to the point, it’s unclear to me how and why, other than the relatively brief period the reservoir behind it took to fill, the dam would affect downstream users of the water. What’s really going on here?

  • Jon Robbins

    This article should have provided an analysis of the competing claims about the effects of these dams. Why is China building a dam a short way from another dam that Laos is building?

    Also, it’s interesting that the US is weighing in on these Mekong dams. We certainly never did that when Turkey build dams on the upper Tigris and Euphrates even though they had a significant effect on water levels in Syria and Iraq. Of course, Turkey was an ally and the other two were adversaries. I guess that pretty much explains our position here as well.

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