Water Diplomacy: A New Path for China to Build Soft Power in the Mekong River
28 Dec, 2021  |  Source:Fudan BRGG  |  Hits:2691

On December 28th, Fudan Institute of Belt and Road and Global Governance workshop was held in 209 of Think Tank Building . Zhang Li, Assistant Researcher made a report titled "Water Diplomacy: A New Path for China to Build Soft Power in the Mekong" .

The report includes five parts: the evolution of water diplomacy, the theoretical construction of water diplomacy, China's water diplomacy practice in the Mekong River since 1980, and the risks China faces in water diplomacy and innovative strategies to it. Mainly concerned about the increasing global water disputes since the 21st century, and taking the practice of water diplomacy between China and the Lancang-Mekong River Basin countries to resolve water disputes as a case, The report constructs and improves the theory of water diplomacy on the basis of predecessors, summarizes the risks of water disputes between China and the Mekong River Basin, and proposes China's corresponding innovative water diplomacy strategies. The report uses public data to scientifically interpret the distribution of water resources in various countries in the Lancang-Mekong River Basin, which effectively fights back the false statements of European and American countries about China's upstream water conservancy facilities causing water shortages in the lower Mekong River.

(Zhang Li, Researcher of Fudan Institute of Belt and Road and Global Governance.)

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