Nicholas Coppel, a former Australian ambassador to Myanmar and a professor at Monash University in Melbourne, said that the Lancang-Mekong cooperation is an important platform for Beijing, which can strengthen China's influence in regional affairs through water diplomacy. and right to speak. "This initiative (Lancang-Mekong cooperation) is very important for China,"
Cowper told VOA. "Most of the electricity generated by phone database these hydroelectric dams will be sold to China and produced exclusively for the Chinese market, so it is of interest to China." Some of the cooperating member states have very close ties with China and even rely heavily on China to invest in (local) infrastructure, which is also profitable for these countries. So it has a political, strategic and economic dimension.” The Lancang-Mekong cooperation foreign ministers' meeting in early July was the first visit by senior Beijing officials since a military coup broke out in Myanmar last year.
In addition to holding bilateral talks with Myanmar Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin during the meeting, Wang Yi also said after the meeting that countries have reached cooperation directions such as deepening economic integration and digital economic cooperation. According to a statement issued by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the time, Winna Maung Lwin thanked China for its selfless assistance to Myanmar, and Myanmar will continue to support China's stance on issues such as Taiwan, Hong Kong, Tibet and Xinjiang. Myanmar's military government said the meeting represented China's recognition of the legitimacy of its ruling.