Asian Review


Chanwoo Lee

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The development of the Tumen River area, located where the borders of China, Russia, and the DPRK meet, has been conducted in a multilateral framework since the collapse of the Cold War structure around 1990. However development has been obstructed by differences of opinion, a dearth of experience of international cooperation on the part of the participating countries, lack of an institutional base, absence of a country that can provide leadership, limits on the supply of development finance, and lack of information exchange between participating countries. In 2005 the participating government agreed to extend the project to 2015, and expand its geographical coverage to the Greater Tumen Region. The project has the potential to be a model for multilateral cooperation in Northeast Asia, and a pillar of peace and security in the region.



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