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Flashing cash, China spearheads Mekong economic integration

Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang used a visit to Cambodia this week to strengthen China-led economic integration across mainland Southeast Asia.

By Reporters

Bangkok, January 14, 2018

Nikkei Asia Review

Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang used a visit to Cambodia this week to strengthen China-led economic integration across mainland Southeast Asia.

Li celebrated his embrace of multilateralism with an op-ed penned specially for a Cambodian newspaper, and basked in China’s triumph with its five southerly neighbors, all of whom share the Mekong, Southeast Asia’s longest river.

The article, published on the eve of Li’s arrival in Cambodia on his first overseas trip in 2018, set the tone for a two-day summit in Phnom Penh, the Cambodian capital, for the sub-regional initiative.

 Firmly in the driver’s seat, China has committed to spending nearly $12 billion in loans and grants in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam.
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