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Chinese Manhunt Shows Sway, or Softness

At The New York Times, Jane Perlez and Bree Feng revisit the international hunt for drug lord Naw Kham, who was executed in March for the 2011 murders of 13 Chinese sailors on the Mekong river. For China, the arrest was a...

CCTV Pre-Execution Spectacle Polarizes Viewers

Drug lord Naw Kham and three other foreigners were executed in Kunming on Friday for the 2011 killings of 13 Chinese sailors on the Mekong River. State broadcaster CCTV aired the prisoners’ final hours, together with...

China Considered Drone Strike Against Drug Lord

China mulled the use of drone-delivered explosives to kill a wanted drug lord, who was later captured and sentenced to death for the murder of 13 Chinese sailors on the Mekong river in 2011. The plan was revealed in a...

Renewed Damming in China Sparks Concern Downstream

“Shocking” news emerged last month of Chinese plans to resume hydropower exploitation of the Nu (Salween), Lancang (Mekong) and Jinsha rivers. At The Hindu, Ananth Krishnan reported that three new dams have also been...

Ban on Nu River Dams Washed Away

China’s State Council has announced plans to resume hydropower development on the Nu (Salween), Lancang (Mekong) and Jinsha (a tributary of the Yangtze) rivers. Outgoing premier Wen Jiabao had repeatedly intervened to...

Looking Back: Mekong River Murders

Reuters has published a special report detailing its investigation into the Mekong River murders of 13 Chinese sailors last October, an investigation which challenges the official account of the attack: The Thai military says...

Response From Beijing Needed

This opinion piece is published on the Bangkok Post: China is fast failing the good-neighbour test in the current Mekong River crisis. With the vital waterway at its lowest point in a generation, officials in both Beijing and...

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