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Mekong – a struggle over water, power and mainland SEA's future

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Early last month, satellite photos from Thailand’s space agency showed the Mekong River had turned a beautiful aquamarine blue. The problem was that “a blue river is not a healthy river”, as Mekong transboundary issues expert Brian Eyler of the Washington-based Stimson Centre put it.

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