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Mekong – Lancang Cooperation

Mekong – Lancang Cooperation:

Myanmar’s military government hosted the first high – level regional meeting since the Army took power in 2021.

  • China’s Foreign Minister and counterparts from Mekong Delta nations attended the meeting.
  • Foreign Minister of China along with his colleagues from Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam at the Mekong – Lancang Cooperation group meeting.
  • It was held in the central city of Bagan, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • The theme of the meeting was “Solidarity for Peace and Prosperity”.
  • The grouping is a Chinese led initiative that includes the countries of the Mekong Delta, a potential source of regional tensions due to an increasing number of hydroelectric projects that are altering the flow and raising concerns of ecological damage.
  • China has built 10 dams along the upper stretch of the Mekong, the part it calls the Lancang.
  • China has been criticized for the dams upstream on the Mekong river which affect water levels and downstream fisheries that are important to several Southeast Asian nations’ economies.