An estimated 80 million bombs dropped by the U.S. military in the 1960s and 1970s remain throughout the Southeast Asian country.
The US$60 billion, Washington-based Global Innovation Fund, is a U.S. effort “to more directly compete with China in these developing countries.”
Vietnam prepares to be 4th country to ratify the CPTPP – two more countries to go before implementation of the trade agreement can begin.
While China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has been in the news for a while, Japan is slowly funding the building of supplementary trade corridors in the Mekong region.
But what Mekong countries want seems to be cooperation, not confrontation or competition, between Tokyo and Beijing.
Experts and local officials warn that an increase in deforestation and environmental pollution due to a boom in industrial zones along the rivers are hindering the appeal.
Nationally, HIV prevalence among men and women is 78% and 22% respectively. Sexually transmitted infections make up approximately 65.4%, mostly concentrated in the aged groups from 15-49 years.
The search can resume if there is evidence indicating that there could be missing persons somewhere.
“If the new agreement is made, the loan to implement the project will be included through the private sector. It cannot be tracked back to Myanmar government. At present, I am concentrating on Myanmar government to lessen its debt load,” said Sett Aung.