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International relations

Japan's Indo-Pacific push galvanizes Mekong region

Ahead of Hanoi summit, regional experts urge more coordination between powers

People fish on the Mekong River in Phnom Penh as the sun rises on.   © Reuters

PHNOM PENH -- Japan's ambitious new foreign policy strategy aimed at "bridging" the Southeast Asian mainland and Indo-Pacific regions through aid, trade and infrastructure links has drawn a wary welcome from Mekong area countries concerned about growing rivalry between the major donor countries, China and Japan.

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