Along the Chay Areng valley in Cambodia’s remote Cardamom mountains, children still scamper barefoot through one of mainland southeast Asia’s last remaining tracts of virgin jungle. In a few years, they will probably have to be swim that stretch. Faced with a rapidly growing but power-starved economy, PM Hun Sen has decided the rivers flowing from one of the few elevated spots in a relentlessly flat country should become its battery pack. With this in mind, in the last two years he has agreed to at least four Chinese-funded hydropower projects as part of a USD 3 billion scheme to quadruple output in a decade from a measly 300 MW today, enough to power a small city. (Reuters)

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