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16 scientists set to study river system

SIXTEEN Chinese scientists will start an exploratory mission of the Mekong River next week, team leader Tao Baoxiang said.

Huo Mingyuan, chief scientist, said the 20-day study aims to learn about the state of the river's current ecosystem, how it evolved, and the extent of its impact.

The mission also aims to understand its biodiversity and the state of its water resources, Huo said.

The team includes experts from the Chinese Academy of Sciences' Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Institute of Hydrobiology, and Kunming Institute of Botany.

The team's tour will start from Xishuangbanna in southwest China's Yunnan Province and move down the river, which is called Lancang River in China.

Sun Jiulin of Chinese Academy of Engineering said the mission was significant for China's cooperation with the Association of Southeast Asia Nations in politics, economy and culture.


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