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U.S. needs careful Mekong strategy to counter China: expert

Mekong Institute executive director says region is key focus for superpowers

Suriyan Vitchtlekarn, executive director of the Mekong Institute, spoke to Nikkei Asia.

BANGKOK -- As tensions between the U.S. and China rise, the two superpowers are ramping up their involvement in the Mekong region, consisting of Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar.

Suriyan Vitchtlekarn, executive director of the Mekong Institute, an intergovernmental think-tank based in Thailand, said in a recent interview with Nikkei Asia, "the U.S. government needs to be very careful not to misplace its strategy in the region."

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