Lancang-Mekong ‘soft connectivity’

China has collectively consulted, contributed to and shared in the development of the Lancang-Mekong region with the five Mekong countries — Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam — over the past five years, helping to promote economic sustainability and connectivity.

The Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) framework is outlined in a five-year action plan that the region’s leaders adopted in 2018. As it draws to a close this year, discussions have been held about a new five-year plan that will address both hard and soft connectivity in the region.

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Duan Haosheng and Liu Yunkang