22 Jul '11, 3pm

US praises Laos for suspending Mekong dam project

BALI, Indonesia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton praised Laos as taking a "forward-leaning position" after the tiny, land-locked nation said it had no immediate plans to resume work on a dam across the Mekong River. The project Laos was considering would be the first dam across the river as it meanders through Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. China has dammed its upper reaches, but the 3,000-mile (4,900-kilometer) river otherwise runs free. Opponents say construction in Laos could open the way for 10 more dams downstream. That would affect the lives of hundreds of millions of people. "This is a serious issue for all the countries that share the Mekong River," Clinton said at a meeting of ministers from affected nations Friday. "Because if any of you build a dam, all of you will feel the consequences in environmental degradation, challenge...

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