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Alarmed by growing trafficking, US wants to do more in Mekong region

Thai navy personnel patrolling along the Mekong river on May 23, 2019. PHOTO: AFP
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WASHINGTON - The United States is set to beef up its approach to Mekong countries, pledging more financial assistance with an eye on combating transnational organised crime.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to attend Asean-related meetings in Thailand in the first week of next month. Sources say he will pledge more financial assistance to countries in the Lower Mekong Initiative - Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam - to beef up training and assistance to governments and law enforcement.

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