Tag Archive: Laos

China offers billions to the Greater Mekong Region.

Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang offered huge financial and technical support for infrastructure development projects in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region (GMS). The main proposals and projects: Five Chinese proposals on transport links, investment schemes,… Continue reading

Myanmar’s Northeast: China’s version of Crimea?

Reports are circulating that Chinese authorities proposed to the Myanmar government before the end of last year that Wa soldiers be assigned to the Kyaukphyu-Kunming oil pipeline project to take care of security. By Nay… 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

China just became the biggest investor in Laos, and Laos’s neighbors are worried

Originally posted on Quartz:
Land-locked Laos is one of the poorest countries in the world, but it has one thing in abundance: access to the massive Mekong River. The country’s hydropower potential has…

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

Laos mulls private investment for highways.

Laos is considering allowing private investment to help improve the country’s roads. A feasibility study into building highways through public-private partnerships was to be conducted with financial support from the World Bank. The… Continue reading

Facebook & Co to be controlled in Laos.

Laos’s rapidly growing contingent of Facebook users could soon face penalties for false or “inappropriate” posts as authorities prepare to introduce unprecedented social media regulations possibly modeled on Chinese and Vietnamese censorship laws.… Continue reading

Laos is facing an old-fashioned balance-of-payment crisis.

Originally posted on The Market Monetarist:
I am writing this while I am vacationing with the family in Thailand. However, in a couple of weeks we will be heading to Laos where my…

The Great Southeast Asian Land Grab

Originally posted on Sahrika:
By John Cherry, THE DEPLOMAT, August 08, 2013 Disputes over land tenure threaten social harmony in a number of ASEAN countries. Conflict over land tenure in Southeast Asia’s rural…

As China Builds, Cambodia’s Forests Fall.

Illegal logging is widespread in Cambodia Efforts to prevent it have had only a limited impact. Much of the wood goes to China. China’s demand for natural resources is being felt in a big… Continue reading