The Mekong-Lancang Cooperation Mechanism (MLC) is a cooperation mechanism in line with the current trend of globalisation and integration.
The MLC aims to promote comprehensive cooperation to build a community of responsibilities and common interests in the subregion. In addition, the MLC also has other goals including strengthening mutual trust and understanding, maintaining peace and stability, promoting sustainable development, reducing poverty, narrowing development gaps, fully integrating into the regional and global economy, enhancing friendship and creating good neighbourly relations between countries.
The MLC has three main pillars of cooperation, including politics and security, economics and sustainable development, culture, society and people-to-people exchanges. In particular, the priority contents of cooperation are cooperation on the water resources management of the Mekong-Lancang, strengthening the connection between the six countries, namely Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Vietnam, Thailand and China, cooperation in developing production capacity, cross-border economic cooperation and agricultural cooperation and poverty reduction.