The biennial summit will also see the participation of leaders of Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.

Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith (left) and his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang will co-chair virtual Mekong-Lancang Cooperation Summit. (Photo: China Daily)

Under the theme "Enhancing Partnership for Shared Prosperity", the leaders will review the progress of cooperation since the previous summit.

They will also chart the future directions for strengthening cooperation in containing the COVID-19 pandemic, recovering economic growth in post-COVID-19 period, and managing and using the Mekong water resources in a sustainable manner.

The Mekong river, known as Lancang in China, is the 12th longest river in the world. The river’s basin is home to around 1,700 fish species, making it the most diverse basin after the Amazon and Congo.

The first Mekong-Lancang Cooperation Summit was held in China in March 2016, while the second took place in Cambodia in early 2018.

China is currently the largest trade partner of Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, and the second biggest trader of Laos.

Source: VNA