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China, Mekong countries launch Lancang-Mekong framework

Updated: Nov 12,2015 7:21 PM     Xinhua

Foreign Minister Wang Yi (3rd R) and senior foreign affairs officials from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam pose for a group photo before the 1st Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) foreign ministers’ meeting, in Jinghong City, Southwest China’s Yunnan province, on Nov 12, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

KUNMING — Senior foreign affairs officials from China, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam agreed on the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) framework on Nov 12 in Jinghong, Yunnan province.

The Lancang-Mekong River is a natural link between the six countries.

At the first LMC foreign ministers’ meeting, they decided to cooperate in three priority areas, politico-security issues, economics-development, and people-to-people exchanges.

At the invitation of Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Hor Nam Hong, Lao Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Thongloun Sisoulith, Myanmar Foreign Minister U Wunna Maung Lwin, Thai Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai, Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh attended the meeting, and Wang Yi and Don Pramudwinai co-hosted the meeting.

The LMC is the first sub-region cooperation by the six countries involved, and the cooperation framework is in accord with development demands, and the fundamental, long-term interests of the six countries, Wang said.

As a follow-up to the initiative put forward at the 17th China-ASEAN leaders’ meeting in November 2014, the first and second LMC senior officials’ meetings were held in April and August this year.

The 1st Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) foreign ministers’ meeting is held in Jinghong City, Southwest China’s Yunnan province, on Nov 12, 2015.[Photo/Xinhua]

Foreign Minister Wang Yi (R rear) and Thai Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai (L rear) attend a press conference after the 1st Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) foreign ministers’ meeting in Jinghong City, Southwest China’s Yunnan province, on Nov 12, 2015.[Photo/Xinhua]

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