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Roundup: Cambodian scholars support Chinese premier’s remarks at 3rd LMC leaders’ meeting

PHNOM PENH, Aug. 24 (Xinhua) — Cambodian scholars voiced their support for Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s remarks delivered at the third Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) Leaders’ Meeting via video link on Monday.

In his speech, Li said China will give priority to providing COVID-19 vaccines to the Mekong countries once a vaccine is developed and put into use.

He also announced that China will share the annual hydrological information of the Lancang River with Mekong countries starting from this year, to better address climate change as well as floods and droughts.

On promoting connectivity, Li proposed synergizing the LMC with the New International Land-Sea Trade Corridor, which traverses western China and connects Southeast Asia with the Eurasian continent.

Chheang Vannarith, president of the think tank Asian Vision Institute in Phnom Penh, said Li’s remarks reflected China’s commitment to help the LMC countries fight the pandemic and to boost socio-economic recovery in the post-pandemic era.

“China has shown responsible leadership in helping other LMC member countries to mitigate and recover from COVID-19,” he told Xinhua.

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