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  • The Laotian government last week invited journalists to the site of the controversial $3.5 billion USD Xayaburi Dam for tours, interviews, and the release of a report all claiming that the Mekong River dam will not harm the basin’s environment, because potential issues will be mitigated through design and construction.
  • Laotian authorities last week signed an updated eight-year-old deal with Russian investor Regional Oil for construction of three hydropower projects on Mekong River tributaries.
  • Ministers from member countries of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) and donors started a two-day meeting in Luang Prabang Laos on January 16. The meeting comes two months after Laos launched a major dam project on the trans-boundary river despite MRC objections, but Cambodia and Vietnam, the two downstream countries that stand to suffer the most from the dam, have not asked to have the issue raised at the meeting.
  • On the same day that Thailand’s government come out in support of Laos’ decision to immediately begin construction of the controversial Xayaburi Dam on the Lower Mekong River, international environmental NGO WWF issued a warning that construction puts environment and livelihoods in “grave danger.”
  • Finland’s government has declared its intention to scrutinize the role of Finnish engineering firm the Pöyry Group in the divisive Xayaburi Hydropower Project on the Mekong River in Laos.
  • 27 Aug 2012- 09:59 by Local Press Report BEIJING Manila Bulletin China begun building sewage and waste disposal facilities on a disputed South China Sea (West Philippines Sea) island, state media said Monday, a move likely to stoke a growing territorial row with its neighbors. The report in the
  • Environmental conservation groups, including WWF and International Rivers, have come out in the last week with criticism over a new Laotian government report that claims a redesigned Xayaburi Dam will address all the environmental problems associated with its construction.
  • Tensions are rising again over the proposed Thai-funded Xayaburi Dam project in Laos. Last December in Siem Reap, Cambodia, the Mekong River Commission Council, representing Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand, debated the 1,260-megawatt dam’s future. Delegates decided that a fuller study of the dam’s impact was needed before further development.
  • 12 Jul 2010- 20:58 by Local Press Report vientiane, laos MCOT (Thailand) Dams on Lao tributaries of the Mekong River do not affect low water levels currently in the Mekong River, according to Laos' Minister of Energy and Mines Soulivong Daravong. He said Laos would abide by international
  • 26 Oct 2009- 20:58 by Local Press Report PHNOM PENH, Cambodia Xinhua (China) China will continue to provide Cambodia with financial assistance to develop infrastructure projects, Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong said on October 17. He said Beijing had offered this assurance during talks
  • 27 Apr 2009- 20:58 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BEIJING, China As the massive and controversial Three Gorges Dam project nears completion in November, Chinese authorities have admitted that filling the reservoir has triggered a number of landslides and forced the relocation of 28,000 more people
  • 26 May 2008- 22:29 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BEIJING, China — China moved swiftly within days of its devastating earthquake to remove online reports that the May 12 quake could have been caused by the controversial Three Gorges Dam project. Two reports appeared on official news sites, including
  • 11 Dec 2007- 09:12 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BEIJING, China – The final death toll from last month’s fatal landslide near China’s Three Gorges Dam reached 35 last week, as China continued its efforts to rehabilitate the project’s image through its state-run media. Within days, a second landslide
  • 27 Nov 2007- 18:56 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BEIJING, China- In an example of tragic but immaculate timing, China tried desperately last week to backtrack on the widely publicized negative potential impact its largest civil engineering project could have on the environment. But just days after the

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