Cambodian Plan For China-Funded Mekong Canal Worries Hanoi

People in Vietnam are troubled by Cambodia’s plan to expand a canal from Phnom Penh to the Gulf of Thailand amid concern the China-funded project will hit rice-growing in the Mekong Delta.

Cambodia’s enthusiasm for a $1.7-billion Chinese-funded project to expand a canal from the Phnom Penh port to the Gulf of Thailand has spurred concern about its environmental impact on the Vietnam’s “rice bowl” and whether it will cause friction with Hanoi.


Cambodia has said the upgrade of the Funan Techo canal would slash shipping through Vietnamese ports and yield other economic benefits for the country.

However, conservationists and Vietnamese authorities have voiced alarm at potential damage to the already fragile Mekong Delta, a massive rice-producing region supporting millions of people downstream in Vietnam.

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