Is China’s Himalayan water grab escalating conflict with nations downstream?

17th Apr, 2021

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Cambodian fisherman Sles Hiet lives at the mercy of the Mekong (AFP/Getty)

Adesperate fisherman overlooks what remains of Tonle Sap Lake, the world’s largest inland fishery, and of central importance to Cambodia’s food supply. He sits in his small paddle boat beside an exposed sandbank as a news team from the South China Morning Post interviews him after the unprecedented drought of 2019. The drought dealt a devastating blow to the lake’s ecosystem, with fish catches falling by 80 to 90 per cent.

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