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China’s Silk Road threatens Mekong River

Mekong ecosystem

As China pushes ahead with its massive trade network spanning Asia and Europe, fears are growing for the future of a section of the Mekong River between Thailand and Laos, which Beijing wants to blast with dynamite in order to allow 500kg freight ships to pass.

As locals look over the tranquil Mekong River between Laos and Thailand, many are worried that this unspoilt corner of Southeast Asia could wreck by China’s economic expansion. [Andrew Marshall reports]

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