Myanmar, also known as Burma, is pushing to develop its energy sector. But new hydropower dams and mining projects are exacerbating tensions between the military and armed ethnic militias, leaving civilians trapped in between. A radio feature.
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Observers predict the debate over how to tap the power of the Mekong River will become a contentious regional issue for the countries through which the waterway flows. In tiny Laos, authorities want dams on the Mekong's mainstream to fuel its energy strategy to becoming the battery of Southeast Asia. But downstream in neighbouring Cambodia, the consequences may be severe. A look at the conflicting aims between energy needs and food security concerns along one of the longest rivers in the world.
Mekong countries can't agree on a hydropower plan. But will that stop Laos from building?