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Leaders of Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos Call for Japanese Investment in Tri-Border Region

The prime ministers of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos say they want to develop infrastructure in their tri-border region by attracting more investment from Japanese businesses.

Vietnam's Nguyen Tan Dung, Cambodia's Hun Sen and Laos' Bouasone Bouphavanh discussed the creation of a "development triangle" region at a summit today (Tuesday) in the Vietnamese resort of Dalat.

The three leaders agreed to invite a Japanese business delegation to the tri-border area next year. The leaders are hoping to attract more foreign investment to the region to boost economic growth, eradicate hunger and reduce poverty.

Diplomats say Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos want to build highways, electricity networks and medical facilities in the border provinces, which are relatively remote and under-developed.