China vows closer security ties with Mekong states as cyber scams, Myanmar unrest have cross-border impact

China and its five Southeast Asian neighbours along the Lancang-Mekong River have agreed to focus on security cooperation, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said.

“We will resolutely combat cross-border crime in the [region], especially cyber fraud and gambling,” Wang said after the annual Lancang-Mekong Cooperation foreign ministers’ meeting with Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.

Lancang is the name for the section of the Mekong that runs through China.

China will strive to eradicate security threats endangering public safety and development in these countries, Wang told a press conference on Thursday.

Earlier this year, Beijing vowed to double down on cyber scam crackdowns across the Mekong River basin.

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Zhao Ziwen