Category Archive: Indochina – Indochine

Vietnam’s Overdue Alliance With America?

The US and Vietnam are perfect allies against China. It’s what Ho Chi Minh wanted all along. By Tuong Lai, aka Nguyen Phuoc Tuong, a sociologist and former adviser to two Vietnamese prime ministers. HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam.   Ours is… Continue reading

Southeast Asia tourism in the limbo.

Riots in Vietnam and Cambodia, a missing Malaysian plane, and martial law in Thailand are wrecking Southeast Asia’s tourism sector. The past few years have been booming for tourism in southeast Asia. Newly affluent tourists from… Continue reading

Cambodia – A Little Knowledge Is a Dangerous Thing.

David Puttnam, once a brilliant filmmaker, now a member of the British House of Lords, best known for producing the amazing movie of Khmer Rouge terror, “The Killing Fields,” stunned journalists, some diplomats,… Continue reading

Obama approves Vietnam nuclear deal.

US-Vietnam nuclear deal clears first hurdle. President Barack Obama has approved an agreement for civilian nuclear cooperation between the U.S. and Vietnam in a sign of deepening ties between the former foes. The… Continue reading

Laos to ban unfinished timber exports.

The Lao government has warned that companies are forbidden from buying rare timber from Lao citizens. Unfinished wood products such as logs, timber, sawn timber, tree roots, semi-finished wood products and ornamental plants… Continue reading

Welcome Year of the Wood Horse.

2014 is the Year of the Wood Horse according to the Chinese zodiac. The Year of the Wood Horse starts from Jan. 31, 2014 and lasts until Feb. 18, 2015. The spirit of the horse… Continue reading

China’s speed railway arriving in Laos.

China’s mammoth engineering project to construct a railway from southwest China’s Yunnan Province all the way to Singapore is set to transform rural Laos. Beijing has long dreamed of a high-speed railway connecting… Continue reading

Thai roads to revolution.

Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban has promised to close the city of Bangkok tomorrow, January 13, 2014. But what does he hope to achieve and how will it affect Bangkokians? How do you shut… Continue reading

Cambodian Protests Continue, Hun Sen Open to Talks.

Cambodia’s political opposition has wrapped-up three days of peaceful protests and marches on foreign embassies, demanding international support for its push to have an independent inquiry conducted into the controversial results of the July 28 elections. By  Luke… Continue reading

CAMBODIA: Time to get to work.

The more Hun Sen attempts to ignore the grievances of the increasingly vocal cohort of Cambodian voters who allege election irregularities and fraud, the more the emboldened and determined opposition party demands an… Continue reading