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U.S., Japan release joint statement on Mekong Delta

NHK reported online that ahead of a series of meetings by ASEAN foreign ministers, the governments of the U.S. and Japan announced in a joint statement on Tuesday that they will strengthen ties with relevant nations to accelerate infrastructure development in the Mekong Delta. According to the network, the two nations pointed out in the joint statement that building power grid infrastructure in Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar is urgently needed as demand for electricity in these nations is surging as a result of their economic growth. The statement notes that the U.S. and Japan will strengthen cooperation with relevant nations and local power utility firms and provide technical assistance to accelerate infrastructure development in the region. The network speculated that by demonstrating its commitment to developing infrastructure in the Mekong region in cooperation with Japan, the U.S. is aiming to hold China in check in view of its intensifying confrontation with China over the South China Sea.

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