One dam project is to come under greater scrutiny while another may be locked in a court battle.
The Ukraine crisis overshadows U.S. President Barack Obama's upcoming Asia trip.
The challenge of meeting energy demand in the region may well come at the expense of water resources.
It may be concerned over similar aspirations by Tibetans and Uyghurs to vote themselves out of the current arrangement with Beijing.
Despite China's bluster on Tibet, there is hope for a resumption of talks between the Dalai Lama's envoys and Beijing, some experts say.
In an unprecedented move, Washington says China's so-called 'nine-dash line' is inconsistent with international law.
Will parliament pave the way for Aung San Suu Kyi to make a bid for the presidency?
The new year is expected to be dominated by Japan-China tensions, a Cambodian political crisis, Myanmar's charter change debate, Tibetan protests, and uncertainty in North Korea.
Governments in the region are feeling the heat of media scrutiny.