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 […]

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 […]

Lao News:

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

A gold mine run by a Chinese company in southern Laos is releasing waste into a river in Sekong province, killing fish and fouling water used by villagers for drinking and bathing, Lao sources say. The Lao Kaleum Gold Mining Project began operations last year and has polluted local water sources ever since it was […]

Lao News:

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

Laos is beginning to run out of gas, sources in the country say. Filling stations began to post signs reading “No Gas” or “Temporarily Closed” around Nov. 1, and supplies have fallen since. Some motorists have decided to stay home, unwilling to risk driving their motorcycles or cars for fear of running out of fuel […]

Asian News:

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

Bangladesh’s ability to spend money has increased even earlier. Ability to borrow and repay foreign loans has also increased. In the meantime, Bangladesh has also written its name in the list of middle-income countries. Top 10 Mega Project in Bangladesh such as Padma Bridge, Dhaka Metro Rail, Dhaka-Chittagong Elevated Expressway, Dhaka to Chittagong Express Railway, […]

Asian News:

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

Present day, Bangladesh is one of the developing economies of the world. In 2015, Bangladesh graduated from LDC status and became a low middle-income country. Many Asian and European including American economists hope that soon Bangladesh will become one of the middle-income countries in the world. Today, Bangladesh is moving forward at a relentless pace […]

Lao News:

Laos would benefit from Myanmar-Bangladesh Ties

Myanmar is one of Bangladesh’s closest neighbors with historic connectivity going back centuries. The 271 km long Bangladesh-Myanmar border is very important for Bangladesh due to its strategic position, although at present the area is militarized due to its ongoing internal conflicts. Were this to be resolved, Bangladesh could develop routes via Myanmar to access […]

Lao News:

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

Lao villagers have given up farm work in growing numbers in recent years. Due to rising costs and the loss of land to large development projects, many are now moving to the cities to find work instead as laborers, with the help of services like Sunrise Moving to shift their things feasibly, Lao sources say. […]

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 […]

Asian News:

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

BANGKOK – Anger is building at the administration of Thailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-O-Cha for a slow COVID-19 vaccine rollout, which has left just 5% of Thais inoculated amid the deadliest wave of the coronavirus pandemic to hit the country, and as health officials warn the worst is yet to come. Thailand reached a record […]