Cambodia to host 2nd Lancang-Mekong Cooperation Leaders' Meeting on Jan. 10

Source: Xinhua| 2018-01-05 20:04:37|Editor: Chengcheng
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PHNOM PENH, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) -- Cambodia will host the 2nd Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) Leaders' Meeting on Jan. 10, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said in a statement on Friday.

Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will co-chair the meeting in Phnom Penh, which will also bring together Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, and Myanmar Vice President Myint Swe, the statement said.

It said that the meeting will be held under the theme "Our River of Peace and Sustainable Development".

"The six leaders of the LMC will discuss key issues to develop the Mekong sub-region with strong focus on the commitment to maintain peace, stability, sustainable development and prosperity of the Mekong sub-region," the statement said.

It added that the meeting will also stress the importance of the socio-economic development of sub-regional countries, in term of enhancing the well-being of their people, narrowing the development gap among countries, in support of the ASEAN Community building as well as advancing South-South cooperation to further contribute to the implementation of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

According to the statement, the leaders are expected to adopt four documents, namely the Phnom Penh Declaration, a five-year action plan of the LMC (2018-2022), a joint list of 2nd batch of cooperation projects, and reports of the Six Joint Working Groups of Priority Areas.

At the conclusion of the meeting, the handover ceremony of chairmanship to Laos will be held to be followed by a joint press conference of the co-chair, it said.

Initiated by China in 2015, LMC consists of six countries, namely China, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Lancang is the Chinese name for the upper reaches of the Mekong River, and the trunk stream stretches nearly 5,000 km through the six countries.