Workers seen at the China-Laos railway construction site in Vientiane. China has been ramping up investment in the Mekong region in recent years. Photo: Xinhua Workers seen at the China-Laos railway construction site in Vientiane. China has been ramping up investment in the Mekong region in recent years. Photo: Xinhua
Workers seen at the China-Laos railway construction site in Vientiane. China has been ramping up investment in the Mekong region in recent years. Photo: Xinhua
Pongphisoot Busbarat
Opinion

Opinion

Pongphisoot Busbarat

As China’s role in Mekong grows, Asean states must weigh ties with US, other powers

  • China’s belt and road projects and its engagement with the region via the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation are fuelling a strategic competition in Southeast Asia
  • The US, Japan and South Korea have deepened their commitment to Mekong nations, with each also affirming Washington’s policy of a free and open Indo-Pacific

Workers seen at the China-Laos railway construction site in Vientiane. China has been ramping up investment in the Mekong region in recent years. Photo: Xinhua Workers seen at the China-Laos railway construction site in Vientiane. China has been ramping up investment in the Mekong region in recent years. Photo: Xinhua
Workers seen at the China-Laos railway construction site in Vientiane. China has been ramping up investment in the Mekong region in recent years. Photo: Xinhua
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Pongphisoot Busbarat

Pongphisoot Busbarat

Pongphisoot Busbarat is Lecturer at the Department of International Relations, Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.