Japan pledges $6bn aid for Mekong countries

Japan pledged US$6.1 billion as a new development aid package for Cambodia, Laos, Burma [Thailand and Vietnam at a summit meeting in Tokyo on Saturday when Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced the adoption of a new three-year development strategy to boost growth and connectivity in the Southeast Asian region. He said Tokyo hopes to distinguish its infrastructure development aid in the Mekong region from that of China, by promoting advanced Japanese technology, environment-friendly innovation and capacity-building schemes.