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Enhanced political trust key for Mekong countries to cope with challenges: Premier Li

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang urged a closer connection and stronger political mutual trust among Mekong countries amid challenges, including the uncertain world economy and the still rampant COVID-19 pandemic at the 7th Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Leaders’ Summit held on Thursday via video conference. Experts ...

Hu Yuwei and Wan Lin

S. Korea pledges cooperation with Mekong countries in health, climate, infrastructure

Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong on Wednesday reiterated South Korea’s commitment to stronger cooperation with Mekong countries in health care, climate, infrastructure and people-to-people exchanges, his office said. Chung made the remarks during the 11th Mekong-South Korea foreign ministers’ meeting co-chaired by him and his Cambodian counterpart, ...

sshluck@yna.co.kr

NGOs urge transparency for $52 mil US donation for Mekong region

After United States Secretary of State Antony J Blinken announced the US pledge to donate $52 million to Mekong countries for development, NGOs have come forward asking the government to utilise the donation with transparency. NGO Forum executive director Tek Vannara said that the donation will ...

Son Minea

Opinion: Building climate resilience for malaria elimination

Climate Change is one of the biggest threats humanity has ever faced. By all accounts, and if not mitigated, it will have a devastating impact on life as we know it: rising sea levels that inundate coast lines causing mass migration on a level never ...

Vaibhav Gupta

The coronavirus pandemic is an opportunity for organized crime in Asia

To say the global novel coronavirus pandemic is causing chaos and affecting lives in real and tangible ways is certainly no understatement. But one impact that has not received significant attention is how its spread is hurting the efforts of governments to combat transnational organized crime ...

Jeremy Douglas

Mekong-Lancang cooperation contributes to addressing regional challenges

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh on February 20 suggested that the Mekong-Lancang cooperation (MLC) should contribute to consolidating coordination between countries in handling regional challenges and bringing about long-term benefits for people. The mechanism should aim for strengthening the economy’s resilience in the face ...

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 ...

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