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The Mekong River is one of the most threatened rivers in the world, largely due to the rapid increase in the number of large operational hydropower dams.
At the request of the Phnom Penh authorities, Mu Sochua, a senior figure in the Cambodian opposition party, the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP), was briefly detained by Malaysian immigration officers when she tried to enter Cambodia on 7 November.
China is constructing a tourist resort at Koh Kong, on the Cambodian coast. Given its previous history of such projects, the resort could, in the future, provide China with a dual-use facility.