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Thailand challenges Laos dam building spree on Mekong River

Move threatens to pull plug on Vientiane's 'battery of Southeast Asia' vision

The Mekong river bordering Thailand and Laos is seen from the Thai side in Nong Khai. Thailand is objecting to a Chinese-developed dam planned for the waterway in Laos.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Thailand has threatened to sink plans for a Chinese-developed dam planned for the Mekong River in neighboring Laos, in a rare rebuke that hints at a rising tide of dissension in an area where all three countries share Southeast Asia's largest waterway.

Thailand has raised objections to the $2 billion Sanakham Dam since late last year, when government officials broke diplomatic protocol and made critical statements in the media against the project.

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