U.S., Mekong ministers meet amid latest rivalry with China

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun and foreign ministers from five Southeast Asian countries along the Mekong River held their first meeting Friday, discussing ways to deepen their partnership amid their latest rivalry with China over the 4,350-kilometer river.During the group’s inaugural meeting, Biegun claimed that the current drought suffered in the Mekong downstream area during the past two years has been caused by dams built by China in the upstream area.”We have to hold China accountable as the decision made in Beijing affects you all in the region,” Biegun told the ministers …

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