Lao News:

Ex-Singaporean Diplomat Says ASEAN May Have to Expel Cambodia and Laos

PHNOM PENH — Former Singaporean diplomat Bilahari Kausikan said on Friday that Southeast Asian countries needed to consider revoking ASEAN membership for Cambodia and Laos for allowing an external power to exert influence on them, a thinly-veiled reference to their proximity to China. Bilahari Kausikan was speaking at a webinar organized by Singapore-based ISEAS Yusof […]

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Human Rights:

Lao Christians Arrested, Held in Jail For Planning Funeral Rites

Four Lao Christians have been held in jail for over three months in the country’s Khammouane province for planning funeral rites—an exercise of religious freedom deemed by village authorities to have violated Lao customs and “divided community solidarity,” Lao sources say. The four were arrested on July 3 in Khammouane’s Phousath village after traveling there […]

Lao News:

Thai Protests Inspire Rare Online Government Criticism in Neighboring Laos

Days of demonstrations in Thailand, where protesters are calling for regime change, have inspired a rare outpouring of frustration with the government by netizens in neighboring Laos, where criticism of the one-party Communist state is strictly forbidden and punishable with hefty prison terms. Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Thursday ended an emergency decree banning […]

Asian News:

US Citizen Jailed in Vietnam on ‘Overthrow’ Charge is Released, Sent Back Home

Michael Nguyen, a U.S. citizen of Vietnamese ethnicity jailed in Vietnam since last year on charges of attempting to overthrow the government, has been released from prison and allowed to return to his home in California, family and media sources said on Monday. Nguyen had been serving a 12-year term, but was suddenly sent home […]

U.S. News:

Pentagon: State Department OKs Potential Arms Sales to Taiwan

The U.S. State Department has approved the potential sale of 100 Boeing-made Harpoon Coastal Defense Systems to Taiwan in a deal that has a potential value of up to $2.37 billion, the Pentagon said Monday. The move comes days after the State Department approved the potential sale of three other weapons systems to Taiwan, including […]

U.S. News:

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

NEW DELHI – India and the United States have signed a landmark agreement to share military information and vowed to ramp up security and strategic ties as top U.S. officials emphasized the need for enhanced cooperation to confront Chinese assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific region. ”Our leaders and our citizens see with increasing clarity that the […]

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Lao News:

Exclusive: Taking power – Chinese firm to run Laos electric grid amid default warnings

(Reuters) – The poor, small Southeast Asian country of Laos is set to cede majority control of its electric grid to a Chinese company, as it struggles to stave off a potential debt default, people with direct knowledge of the agreement said. The deal comes at a time when critics accuse Beijing of “debt trap […]

Asian News:

Thai protests: Thousands gather in Bangkok to demand reforms

Thousands of protesters staged another anti-government rally in the Thai capital, Bangkok, on Sunday to demand political reforms. Demonstrators want a revised constitution and are also calling for reform of the monarchy – a sensitive subject in Thailand. Under Thai law, anyone criticising the royal family faces long prison sentences. There have been almost daily […]

Lao News:

Lao Farm Worker Beaten, Tied Up, in Dispute at Chinese Banana Plantation

A young Lao worker was beaten, shocked and tied up by his employers at a Chinese banana plantation in northwestern Laos in a dispute over working hours, his relatives said. Lou Xiong’s relatives say he was beaten and shocked by Lao and Chinese employers at a Chinese banana plantation in Hin Heuap District of Vientiane […]

U.S. News:

A Law and Order Refresher Course for Joe Biden

“Education and Law & Order are always the priorities of Asian Americans. School Choice provides great opportunity for Asian Americans, but first, all Americans need to be safe from violence. President Trump’s priorities are Asian Americans’ priority. We will restore our economy and ensure access to a good education for all Americans, but to do […]