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Mekong nations tighten anti-drug blitz

The Mekong region is no longer a mysterious place, as it has now become the world’s main hub of illicit drugs across multiple frontiers. Last month, anti-drug officials from riparian countries — Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, China — and the United Nations Office on ...

Kavi Chongkittavorn

Chinese and Mekong cops team up against one of Asia's biggest meth cartels

Chinese drug police are working with Mekong countries to strike at the heart of a mega-rich meth syndicate as the region targets top-level drug traffickers instead of street dealers. The porous and lawless border areas of Myanmar, Thailand and Laos have for decades been a hub ...

Opinion: Mekong Region Needs to Overcome Drought Together

Drought, follows flood and storm, is among the most influential natural disasters in the world. According to 2018 publication on the International Disaster Database website, 16% of people affected by disasters in 2018 were affected by droughts. Over the past few decades, countries along the Lancang-Mekong ...

Dr. Liu Hui

Drug prevention fight a cross-border effort, Mekong countries confirm

Representatives from Laos, China, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam gathered in Vientiane on Friday for the opening of a centre that will foster close cooperation and support for the fight against illicit drugs in the region. []Speaking at the ceremony, Major General Somvang said: “Currently, drug ...

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 ...

Japan and Mekong countries to boost economic cooperation

Japan agreed to deepen cooperation with countries in the Mekong region, as Tokyo aims to maintain its influence in Southeast Asia with more and more countries falling under the sway of China. Ahead of a Japan-Mekong summit on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held ...

German grant to help Mekong countries deal with climate change

Germany committed to investing around 4.6 million US dollars in strengthening cross-border water cooperation among countries along the Mekong River. The fund would be utilized to bolster dialogue related to trans-boundary water resource planning and management among the lower Mekong countries: Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam.  Keep ...

RoK pledges to increase aid for Mekong countries

The Republic of Korea (RoK) will implement its New Southern Policy with a determination to promote cooperation with the Mekong region, said RoK Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha.  Keep reading ...

Mekong countries adopt 1st master plan focused on growth

The leaders of five Mekong River basin countries on Saturday adopted a five-year master plan focused on improving transportation infrastructure, harmonizing trade and investment rules, and human resources development. The 2019-2023 master plan, the first of its kind, was endorsed by the leaders of Cambodia, ...

Policymakers meet to fight drug menace in Mekong countries

The two-day conference on the Mekong Memorandum of Understanding  (MOU) on Drug Control kicked off in Nay Pyi Taw on Monday to discuss  current drug trends and to negotiate a new strategy.  Senior drug policy leaders from the Mekong region – Cambodia, China, Lao, Myanmar, Thailand ...

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