The- Mekong is international as well as transnational in character: it forms a political boundary between Thailand and Laos and a natural economic territory (NET) which transcends political boundaries. In this respect, the recent opening of the Australian-funded Friendship Bridge not only provides a much-sought physical link between Thailand and Laos but also a symbolic statement of the crossing of the Mekong-as-political-boundary by the integrative force of the Mekong-as-a-NET.
"Trading ideas on the Mekong,"
Culture Mandala: The Bulletin of the Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies:
1, Article 5.
Available at: http://epublications.bond.edu.au/cm/vol1/iss1/5