Lao News:

Laos’ financial debt to China grows as $6 billion high-speed rail line between the countries is unveiled

China is now connected with Laos via a recently completed high-speed rail line, which reportedly cost $6 billion. Chinese-led initiative: On Friday, a virtual ceremony attended by Chinese President Xi Jinping and Laotian President Thongloun Sisoulith marked the opening of the rail line, which is part of China’s global infrastructure development strategy called the “Belt […]

China-backed gold mine in Laos pollutes local river, killing fish

Long lines form at the pumps as Laos runs low on gas

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Laos would benefit from Myanmar-Bangladesh Ties

Lao Farmers Driven From Their Land by Foreign Concessions, Rising Costs

Human Rights:

Chinese Billionaire Who Helped Rights Lawyers Describes ‘Inhumane’ Detention

Agriculture billionaire Sun Dawu, who is currently standing trial in the northern Chinese province of Hebei on a slew of charges that rights activists say are politically motivated, was subjected to “cruel and inhumane treatment,” his defense team said. Sun, 67, is on trial at the Gaobeidian Municipal People’s Court amid unprecedented security that lawyers […]

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Lao Christians Evicted From Their Village Return, But Can’t Build Homes

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Lao Christians Arrested, Held in Jail For Planning Funeral Rites

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USCIRF Releases New Report on Religious Freedom Conditions in Laos

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Lao Migrant Goes Missing, Friends Suspect Government Abduction

China Named Worst Abuser of Internet Freedom in Freedom House Report

Asian News:

U.S. hits Cambodia with embargoes over human rights, corruption

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The United States imposed an arms embargo and new export restrictions on Cambodia on Wednesday to address human rights abuses and corruption, as well as the growing influence of China’s military, the Commerce Department said. The actions reflect Washington’s effort to counter China’s growing influence in Southeast Asia, as Cambodia has become […]

Bangladesh’s Mega Projects help Bangladesh in reviving its economy during this pandemic

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Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines, Myanmar, Indonesia can follow the ‘Economic Rise of Bangladesh Model’

Thai Government’s Bungled Vaccine Rollout Unites Historically Divided Public in Anger

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North Korean Agricultural Quotas Unrealistic Due to Equipment Shortfalls

U.S. News:

US Considering Ways to Aid Cubans

The United States is examining potential ways to aid the people of Cuba following anti-government protests this month that were the biggest on the island nation in decades. Senior administration officials who spoke to news agencies on the condition of anonymity said the steps under consideration include changes to remittances that would allow people in […]

Trump Raises China Concerns as Reason to Veto Defense Bill

Pentagon: State Department OKs Potential Arms Sales to Taiwan

With Eye on China, India and US Sign Landmark Military Agreement

A Law and Order Refresher Course for Joe Biden