Operation Mekong China Solidifies Its Influence in Southeast Asia

China has always wielded significant influence in Southeast Asia. Lately, though, as the West turns its attention elsewhere, Beijing has been seeking to solidify its economic and political clout in the region.
A Cambodian fishing boat on the Mekong River in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

A Cambodian fishing boat on the Mekong River in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Foto: Mak Remissa/ dpa
A Chinese-owned banana plantation in Laos. China is currently building a railway line through the country.

A Chinese-owned banana plantation in Laos. China is currently building a railway line through the country.

Foto: JORGE SILVA/ REUTERS
Foto: DER SPIEGEL
With Reporting by Wu Dandan
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