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US and China lock horns over Mekong River data management

Beijing proposal to build new system to share water information raises rivalry

Vietnam's Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang and other southern parts of the country experienced a severe drought this spring.   © Vietnam News Agency

BANGKOK -- The U.S. and China are locking horns over the management of data on the Mekong River, the longest watercourse in Southeast Asia, which feeds millions of people living in its basin.

The Mekong originates in southern China and courses over 4,000 km through Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam before emptying into the South China Sea.

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