With an eco-system transformed by uncontrolled mining, locals are first to pay the price of China's race to export rare earth metals.
Unregulated Mining Leaves Behind Ravaged, Toxic Landscape.
Farmers employ heavy doses of fertilizers and pesticides when growing fruit trees. The chemical run-off has helped contaminate the Dong River.
Nearly 100 Vietnamese marched peacefully outside the Chinese embassy in Hanoi on Sunday, despite increased security following an agreement between Chinese and Vietnamese officials to settle maritime disputes.
A planned dam at Xayaburi on the Mekong in Laos has become central to a debate about the river's future. Laos already has seven dams in operation on its river system, with six additional ones under construction. The land locked country plans for no less than 40 more dams.