Gist of Tokyo strategy 2018 adopted by Japan, Mekong countries

The following is the gist of the Tokyo Strategy 2018 for Mekong-Japan Cooperation adopted at a meeting of the leaders of Japan, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam on Tuesday.

Japanese and Mekong leaders:

— elevate Japan-Mekong cooperation to “strategic partnership.”

— identify “vibrant and effective” connectivity, people-centered society, “Green Mekong” as pillars of cooperation.

— will promote U.N. Sustainable Development Goals through specific projects.

— see importance of efforts to reinforce a free and open order based on the rule of law to ensure peace, stability and prosperity in the region.

— express commitment to realizing North Korea’s complete dismantlement of all weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles.

— note “some concerns” over land reclamations and activities in the South China Sea.

— say diplomatic efforts should lead to non-militarization and a peaceful and open South China Sea.

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