Can Seoul's efforts flow more investments from Han to Mekong river?

Two recent summits kick off stronger South Korea-Mekong sub-region cooperation

Two important summits between South Korea and Asean members that took place this week underline the growing importance South Korea attaches to the South-east Asian grouping.

On Monday and Tuesday, the third Asean-South Korea Commemorative Summit took place in Busan, South Korea. A day later, South Korea hosted a smaller group of states in the Mekong sub-region - Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, or CLMTV - in the first Mekong-South Korea summit. The summits marked the 30th anniversary of dialogue relations between Asean and South Korea.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 29, 2019, with the headline 'Can Seoul's efforts flow more investments from Han to Mekong river?'. Subscribe