The Mekong-U.S. Partnership, launched in 2020, is an expansion of the Lower Mekong Initiative and advances its goal to create integrated sub-regional cooperation among Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam, with support from the United States.


Keynote Address for the Mekong-U.S. Partnership Track 1.5 Dialogue on Infrastructure and Energy

EAP Assistant Secretary Kritenbrink’s Keynote Address for the Mekong-U.S. Partnership Track 1.5 Dialogue on Infrastructure and Energy Good morning and good evening, everyone.  It is an honor to speak to so many distinguished guests, YSEALI participants, innovators, leaders, and policy makers from across the region.  It is a region I am passionate about, having recently…

Connecting South and Southeast Asia through Improved East-West Linkages

This report, completed by the U.S. Department of Transportation and funded by the U.S. Department of State working together under the Mekong-U.S. Partnership, presents the preliminary findings of an initiative to promote and expand intra-regional and east-west connectivity between the Mekong countries and South Asia.  It provides a framework for engaging with regional stakeholders to…

Mekong Heroes: Thailand

Niwat is the leader of the Chiang Khong Conservation Group. Born and raised on the banks of Mekong River in Chiang Rai, Thailand, Niwat’s life has been shaped by nature and the river. He has seen the highs and the lows of the river’s life on his front doorstep. His work raises critical questions about…

Mekong Heroes: Cambodia

Ma Sokhak is a Cambodian local teacher turned river protector who came into the public eye not long ago. The story of Ma Sokhak is one in a four-episode video series which follows different individuals from the Mekong region to share how they’re improving their communities. Witnessing species disappear at an alarming pace in the…

Joint Press Statement of the Friends of the Mekong “Recovery and Resilience”

Joint Press Statement of the Friends of the Mekong “Recovery and Resilience” – United States Department of State The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and the Governments and Members of the Friends of the Mekong Group on the occasion of the 2021 Friends of…

Mekong-U.S. Partnership (MUSP) Pathfinder Health Program

The Pathfinder Health Program helps Mekong sub-regional health authorities identify and respond to emerging infectious diseases. Pathfinder fellows will be eligible to submit proposals and receive funds for pilot research programs to help communities prevent disease emergence and spread. The Pathfinder program complements long-standing U.S. support for public health to Southeast Asia, including ongoing U.S. assistance to combat COVID-19 and is a prime example of non-traditional security programming.

Our Mission

The Mekong-U.S. Partnership seeks to encourage equitable, sustainable, and inclusive growth in the Lower Mekong Region.

MUSP seeks to meet regional development challenges by implementing capacity building projects and programs with active involvement and close cooperation of the governments in the Mekong region. Our goal is to deliver equitable, sustainable, and inclusive economic growth among the five MUSP partner countries by promoting connectivity and collaboratively addressing regional trans-boundary development and policy challenges.

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We believe and expect the business community to understand that the price of admission to China’s market must not be the sacrifice of our core values or long-term competitive & tech advantages. Businesses will need to be mindful of their role in protecting our national security.

Today, we are sanctioning three entities and one individual in response to the DPRK’s unlawful ballistic missile tests. We remain committed to diplomacy and will continue to coordinate with our allies to encourage the DPRK regime to engage in dialogue.

We cannot allow the DPRK to advance its unlawful ballistic missile program with impunity. Today @USTreasury imposed sanctions on persons in Russia and the DPRK in response to the DPRK’s ballistic missile launches.

Farewell to Republic of Korea Ambassador Lee. I thank the Ambassador for his tireless service, close partnership, and commitment to strengthening the U.S.-ROK alliance. I wish him the very best in his future endeavors! -DJK

As we invest, align, and compete, we'll work together with Beijing where our interests overlap. We can’t let the disagreements that divide us stop us from moving forward on priorities that demand we work together for the good of our people and the world. That starts with climate.

Taiwan is a vibrant democracy and leading economy in the Indo-Pacific region. Our policy has not changed, and we will continue to expand our cooperation with Taiwan under our One China Policy and maintain our interest in peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.

When we can engage constructively with China, we will – not as a favor, and never in exchange for walking away from our principles. Rather, because working together to solve great challenges is what the world expects from great powers, and because it’s directly in our interests.

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