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Wang Yi Talks about Multiple Great Significances of Lancang-Mekong River Cooperation Mechanism
2015/11/12

On November 12, 2015, after attending the first foreign ministers’ meeting on Lancang-Mekong River cooperation in Jinghong City of Yunnan Province, Foreign Minister Wang Yi told the journalists that Lancang-Mekong River cooperation, as a unique sub-regional cooperation mechanism, is of multiple great significances.

First, covering all countries along the entire Lancang-Mekong River, the cooperation mechanism is a “baby” of the six countries and enjoys unique advantages in pushing trans-border economic and water resources cooperation as well as people-to-people and cultural exchanges in education, culture, youth, women and other fields.

Second, the mechanism involves six developing countries, serving as an effective platform for exploring and advancing South-South cooperation and the first concrete action responding to the Post-2015 Development Agenda adopted by the UN Sustainable Development Summit. We should strive to build Lancang-Mekong River cooperation into a new model for South-South cooperation.

Third, the three key fields of Lancang-Mekong River cooperation completely accord with the three major pillars in constructing the community of the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The Lancang-Mekong River cooperation mechanism enjoys mutual complementation and mutual promotion with other regional cooperation mechanisms, and will strongly push the construction of the ASEAN community, promote regional integration process and also add new connotations to China-ASEAN cooperation.

Fourth, Lancang-Mekong River cooperation values practical results and takes roots in projects. All parties have put forward 78 early-harvest projects at the first foreign ministers’ meeting. The cooperation is more solid, specific and people-oriented, pays more attention to people’s will, and will yield tangible results at an early date and bring concrete benefits to people of all countries.

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