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US and China vie to corral ASEAN with Mekong and COVID support

Washington announces $153m package for basin amid tensions with Beijing

The Mekong river divides Thailand and Laos as seen from Nong Khai, Thailand. The five countries that the river runs through find themselves the beneficiaries of U.S. and Chinese largesse.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE/HANOI -- The U.S. and China, their differences widening over the South China Sea and security issues, are trying to win more allies in Southeast Asia.

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