Wang Yi mentions 6 proposals to start the next phase of Lancang-Mekong cooperation for a new golden 5 years-Cross-Strait-China Times

According to the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China on the 9th, the 6th Lancang-Mekong Cooperation Foreign Ministers’ Meeting was held in Chongqing on the 8th. Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi suggested that in order to achieve a new golden five years in the next stage, we must do a good job in deepening anti-epidemic cooperation. , Promoting post-epidemic recovery, expanding cooperation in water resources, advancing local pragmatic cooperation, promoting people-to-people friendship, and improving cooperation mechanisms.

The theme of this conference is “Unity to defeat the epidemic, and jointly promote development after the epidemic.” It was co-chaired by Wang Yi and Myanmar Foreign Minister Winner Maung Lun, Lao Foreign Minister Sharon Sai, Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Brasokhum, Thailand Deputy Prime Minister Also attended by Foreign Minister Tun Tun and Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pei Qing Shan.

Wang Yi said that the Lancang-Mekong cooperation is a new type of sub-regional cooperation mechanism shared by the six countries in the basin. It has developed rapidly and achieved remarkable results in just five years. It is mainly due to: 1. The principle of good-neighborly cooperation has been implemented. 2. Adhering to the cooperation aim of development first. 3. Practicing the cooperation concept of mutual benefit and win-win results. 4. Adhering to the four-point experience of the original intention of cooperation based on people’s livelihood.

Wang Yi emphasized that China will resolutely implement the diplomatic concept of friendship, sincerity, benefit and tolerance put forward by President Xi Jinping, and work with the Mekong countries to share development opportunities, cope with challenges, and work towards building a community with a shared future for Lancang-Mekong countries. It is recommended to focus on six aspects of work in the next stage:

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The first is to deepen cooperation in the fight against the epidemic. China will continue to provide vaccines and medical supplies to the Mekong countries. Make good use of the Lancang-Mekong public health special funds to support the construction of biosafety protection laboratories, epidemic monitoring, and cross-border infectious disease prevention and control projects, and strengthen cooperation in traditional medicine.

The second is to promote recovery after the epidemic. Explore the Lancang-Mekong cooperation and the “New Land-Sea Channel” to speed up the docking, strengthen trade clearance facilitation, production capacity and interconnection, digital economy and technological innovation cooperation. Make good use of the Lancang-Mekong Agricultural Cooperation Center and host the Lancang-Mekong Tourism Cities Cooperation Alliance Conference and the Lanmei Mayor’s Cultural Tourism Forum. Promote economic recovery and improve people’s livelihood in the six countries through the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation Special Fund.

The third is to expand cooperation in water resources. We will successfully host the 2nd Lancang-Mekong Water Resources Cooperation Ministerial Conference and Cooperation Forum, implement joint research on flood control, drought relief, water conservancy information monitoring, and changes in hydrological conditions, and enrich the information sharing platform. Carry out environmental policy dialogues and cooperation in the protection of biodiversity to effectively combat illegal logging and illegal trade in wildlife.

The fourth is to promote local pragmatic cooperation. Organize the Lancang-Mekong local government cooperation forum to strengthen border trade, cross-border e-commerce, and border economic park cooperation.

The fifth is to promote people-to-people blind date. China is willing to continue to share its experience in poverty alleviation with other countries, and support rural women’s assistance, rural economic diversification and the development of border areas. Strengthen cooperation in human resources, cultural tourism, media, sports, women and children.

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Sixth, improve the cooperation mechanism. Formulate the Five-Year Action Plan for Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (2023-2027). China will continue to support the Mekong countries to implement more cooperation projects through the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation Special Fund.

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