China Pledges Year-Round Data to Mekong Countries Amid Drought Conditions in the Lower Basin

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Monday pledged to share year-round hydrological data for the Mekong River, addressing recent concerns raised by countries in the Lower Mekong who are facing low water levels and drought conditions during the current wet season.

The Chinese premier made the commitment during a summit of Lancang-Mekong leaders on Monday, after the Mekong River Commission (MRC), which has China only as a dialogue partner, called for year-round data sharing in June to improve flood and drought monitoring along the critical water body.

Lancang-Mekong Cooperation includes China and five lower Mekong countries – Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar, and Vietnam. China’s absence as a member of the MRC means that it does not have to submit hydropower dam proposals to the intergovernmental body.

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