The Mekong River has always been an important trade route between Western China and Southeast Asia flowing through six different countries. Now the foreign ministers from that countries are holding their first meeting to boost cooperation.
China is shoring up its sphere of influence in Southeast Asia through aid and investment. By funding infrastructure and development, China can increase its economic and strategic leverage over poorer neighbors.
Ten Southeast Asian leaders were guests of honor at India's 69th Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi, underscoring the region's importance for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's foreign policy agenda.
China's position as a global superpower is indisputable. As leaders gather to set the agenda of global security at the Munich Security Conference, the EU is at a crossroads between Washington and Beijing.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May and Chinese President Xi Jinping held talks to lay the groundwork for trade deals after Britain leaves the EU. Xi used the meeting to win support for his "Belt and Road" initiative.
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