China scraps plan to blow up Mekong River islets, says Thai minister

‘The blasts aimed at paving the way for big vessels would affect people’s way of life and also fish in the river,’ said Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai.

China has agreed to drop a plan to clear rocky outcrops and islets in the upper reaches of the Mekong River over deep concerns from downstream countries, Thai Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai said on Friday.

Don said the issue was discussed and agreed during last month’s visit to Bangkok by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who accepted the concerns from Thailand, Laos and Myanmar about potential negative effects of the proposed blasting.

In full: https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2189333/china-scraps-plan-blow-mekong-river-islets-says-thai

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