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China proposes Mekong countries to be a part of China's BRI

Mekong River nations can be major cooperation partners in Belt and Road Initiative: Chinese state councilor


Reuters
Updated: 31-03-2018 11:57 IST
China proposes Mekong countries to be a part of China's BRI

GMS leaders meet at Hanoi, Vietnam (Image Credit: Reuters)

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi while attending the sixth Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) summit today said that Mekong River countries can become major partners in the joint development of the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative.

Wang is on an official visit to Vietnam from Friday to Monday.

The Belt and Road Initiative is a public good China has offered to the world and a sunshine initiative aiming at promoting cooperation, Wang said, adding that it has followed the principles of extensive consultation: joint contribution and shared benefits, from the very beginning.

The Chinese idea of the Belt and Road Initiative refers to the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, aiming at building a trade and infrastructural network connecting Asia with Africa and Europe along the ancient trade routes of Silk Road.

Pointing out that the GMS was historically the convergence area of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, Wang said that today in the 21st century, the GMS countries can become major partners in the joint development of the initiative.

Five Mekong River Subregion countries - Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand have all signed cooperation agreements with China on the joint development of the Belt and Road Initiative, and they also attended the first Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation which was held last May in Beijing, Wang said.

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