Myanmar hosts first regional meeting since coup

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Myanmar hosts first regional meeting since coup

  • Myanmar’s military government hosted the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation group meeting with China’s Foreign Minister and counterparts from Mekong Delta nations.

The meeting

  • Countries: China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam
  • Theme: “Solidarity for Peace and Prosperity”
  • Location: Bagan (Myanmar), a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Significance: Presence of Foreign Ministers was recognition of Myanmar’s sovereignty and its government.

Lancang-Mekong Cooperation group

  • Chinese led initiative that includes countries of Mekong Delta.
  • Mekong delta: Source of regional tensions due to increasing no. of hydroelectric projects that are altering the flow and raising concerns of ecological damage.

China and Myanmar

  • China is Myanmar’s biggest trading partner and an old ally.
  • Beijing has invested billions of dollars in Myanmar’s mines, oil and gas pipelines and other infrastructure.
  • A major arms supplier.

Prelims take away

  • Lancang-Mekong Cooperation group
  • Mekong river - drainage, tributaries etc.
  • Location Based Questions