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China to create trade zone with Thailand and Laos as tariffs bite

Beijing looks to boost ties with the two Mekong nations amid a trade war escalation

Workers load a Chinese boat at a Thai Mekong river port in the Golden Triangle region, where the borders of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet.    © Reuters

BANGKOK -- As the trade war with the U.S. intensifies, China is looking to strengthen commercial ties with countries in the Mekong region of Southeast Asia by setting up a free-trade zone on the border between Thailand and Laos.

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