The drastic reduction in the release of water from China’s dams has led to a sharp drop in the water level of the Mekong River? Ministry of Foreign Affairs responded
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website, on June 8, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian hosted a regular press conference. The following is part of the content.
Reporter from Nihon Keizai Shimbun:At the end of May, the water level of the Mekong River dropped sharply again. The Thai government issued an alert on this. Countries along the Mekong River expressed their concerns about falling water levels in February. Some critics say that it was caused by the drastic reduction in the release of water from the Chinese dam. Is China restricting the release of water? Please talk about China’s views.
Zhao Lijian:The six Lancang-Mekong countries drink water from the same river. China attaches great importance to the concerns of downstream countries and overcomes its own difficulties. It provides emergency water replenishment at the request of downstream countries to help downstream countries deal with drought. What needs to be emphasized is that the Mekong River is more than 2,700 kilometers long with dense tributaries. There are many water conservancy and hydropower facilities in various countries, and its water volume is affected by multiple factors. China is willing to conduct joint research on technical issues such as water level fluctuations with downstream countries under the water resources cooperation mechanism, so as to better promote the sustainable use of water resources.