WORLD Thailand, China hold water resource development seminar

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Thailand, China hold water resource development seminar

By Zhao Yipu | People's Daily app

04:39, June 27, 2018

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“The Sustainable Development of Water Resources” seminar was held at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. (Photo: Zhao Yipu)

Bangkok (People's Daily) - Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand recently held a seminar called “The Sustainable Development of Water Resources” – where representatives from China and Thailand shared their experiences in the area of water resource development and discussed sharing water between countries.

The event was attended by a variety of officials and experts, providing special attention to the sustainable development of the Lancang-Mekong River, which shares water with China, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam.

The Joint Working Group on water resources cooperation of Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC), led by Yu Xingjun, is a working group that focuses on water resource cooperation. Yu is also the consul of China’s Department of International Cooperation Science and Technology, Ministry of Water Resources. Yu said that China insists on the principle of fair and equal-footed consultation for international cooperation, scientific development, and protection of transboundary rivers.

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Yu Xingjun, head of Joint Working Group on water resources cooperation of LMC from China. (Photo: Zhao Yipu)

He also said China has carried out effective exchange and cooperation in hydrological flood reporting and flood control, emergency treatment, improvement of boundary rivers, water resources development, utilization, and protection. Yu said all this work helps build friendly relations between China and neighboring countries, makes contributions to common development and stability of the region, and is praised by governments their citizens.

“The Lancang-Mekong River is not only a gift of nature for our six countries, but also a natural bond that allows us to help each other,” Yu said. “China would like to join hands with Thailand and other riparian countries to further broaden the scope of water resource cooperation, under the LMC mechanism, to promote sustainable development and stability in our region.”

Feng Yan, professor at the Asian International Rivers Center of Yunnan University, said that each of the six countries that share this water source needs to consider the use of the water supply on topics such as population, irrigation, industry, ecosystem, navigation, hydropower, flood control, draught relief, and fishery conservation.

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