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Mekong region becoming a theatre of 'development wars' between Japan and China

Monday, July 6, 2015 - 05:50
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Mr Abe (centre) with Mr Thein Sein (left) and Mr Prayut after the signing ceremony on the Dawei port project at the Akasaka State Guest House in Tokyo on Saturday. Japan pledged new aid worth 750 billion yen to five Mekong nations over the next three years.

Tokyo

THE apparent "development wars" between Japan and China intensified last weekend when Japan announced that it would extend 750 billion yen (S$8.2 billion) in bilateral development aid to the Mekong region of South-east Asia, where the Japan-dominated Asian Development Bank (ADB) is