6 countries vow water cooperation

Lancang-Mekong River countries have vowed strengthened cooperation on water resources management as they forge ahead to cope with common challenges in the basin, including drought caused by climate change.

Heads of water resources authorities of the six countries made the remarks as they gathered online on Dec 7 for the Second Lancang-Mekong Water Resources Cooperation Forum.

Themed “Working Together to Address Challenges and Promote Common Development”, the forum will end on Dec 8.

The Mekong River, known as the Lancang in China, is a vital waterway that stretches across China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.

“The six Lancang-Mekong countries drink water from the same river and are as close as one family. We are naturally bonded and well positioned to work together and deepen cooperation,” Water Resources Minister Li Guoying said when addressing the forum’s opening ceremony in Beijing.

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Hou Liqiang