Japan Links Mekong and ASEAN to Indo-Pacific Strategy


Aun Chhengpor


VOA Cambodia


 March 23, 2018


apan is moving to bolster its footprint in the Mekong subregion by linking the Southeast Asian mainland into a broader Indo-Pacific Strategy allied with India, the United States and Australia. In what observers say is a move to counter China’s growing regional influence, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s national security advisor Kentaro Sonoura said ASEAN would be central to the Indo-Pacific Strategy at a conference on the Mekong subregion in Phnom Penh on Friday.