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Mekong nations discuss US-China rivalry concern

Asian Vision Institute (AVI) and the Embassy of Japan in Cambodia organised a seminar on March 18 to share perspectives on the challenges faced in the Mekong sub-region and look for possible ways forward in order to find solutions to them.

Chhem Kieth Rethy, a member of the board of directors for AVI, said that the Mekong sub-region is one of the worldโ€™s fastest growing economies and is attracting the attention and engagement of various countries โ€“ including Japan, India, South Korea, the US and China.

The region is also facing many challenges such as great power rivalries and the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

โ€œThe rivalry between the [US and China] makes it difficult for small states to navigate between them, and it makes it particularly difficult to ensure that they are [not being compromised or exploited] by major powers while also trying to secure their national interests,โ€ he said.

Rethy added that the region is also facing other security problems such as water and energy shortages, natural disasters, climate change and marine plastic pollution.

Full article available: https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/mekong-nations-discuss-us-china-rivalry-concern

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