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Benefit Sharing in the Mekong River Basin between China and the Lower Mekong Countries

Seungho Lee
Professor Seungho Lee, Graduate School of International Studies Korea University and SOAS China Institute Visiting Scholar

Date: 22 February 2016Time: 5:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Djam Lecture Theatre (DLT)

Type of Event: Seminar

Note: Internal event not open to external attendees.


This study aims to evaluate the extent to which the cooperative relationship between China and the downstream countries in the Mekong River Basin has evolved in relation to the various benefits shared between these riparian countries from the 1990s to the present. Benefit sharing is deployed as an analytical framework. Larger benefits obtained through cooperation have led China to become more cooperative with the downstream countries as seen in the Greater Mekong Subregion Program. The establishment of a new form of cooperation in the river basin hinges upon the ability to share the socio-economic, political, and security benefits.


Dr Seungho Lee is currently working as Professor at the Graduate School of International Studies, Korea University. His major research interests are linked to water issues, in particular, on institutional change with focus on China, Korea, Europe and Southeast Asia. Particular topics are public-private partnerships in water supply and sanitation, water governance reform, water conflicts, and impacts of water engineering projects. Over the last few years, Dr Lee has primarily paid attention to transboundary water issues regarding the Mekong River Basin, and other international waterways. Dr Lee previously worked as Lecturer at the School of Contemporary Chinese Studies, University of Nottingham (2004-2008). He holds a PhD in Geography from SOAS, University of London.

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