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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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 The United States’ longstanding support of the Lao health

Continuing the United States’ longstanding support of the Lao health sector, #AmbHaymond presented 88,000 specially-treated mosquito nets funded by the United States through the USAID – US Agency for International Development to Vice Minister of Health Dr. Phouthone Muangpak at a ceremony in Vientiane this morning. “The United States is proud to continue working with the Lao PDR and […]

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Support Sunny Rubeck for Judge in Charlotte, North Carolina

I’m heading into my 10th year of practice and I have never been in front of an Asian-American judge. This is surprising since I live in the biggest city in N.C. So your friend has decided to make a change and I’m running for judge! You know that asking for help has never been easy […]

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The United States continues to provide nutritious food to Lao children

The United States continues to provide nutritious food to Lao children in Savannakhet province despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Thousands of families across Savannakhet province count on free school lunches for their children. In response to school closures, the U.S. Department of Agriculture McGovern-Dole Food for Education Program, implemented by Catholic Relief Services (CRS), shifted its […]

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An Uncertain Future for Laos

Laos’ quinquennial National Party Congress is coming up in 2021, but the prospects for meaningful change look slimmer and slimmer. Get ready for the rumor mill to start spinning in Vietnam ahead of January’s National Congress, an event held every five years when the ruling Communist Party selects its new officials and leaders. Laos’ ruling […]

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Laos’ debt woes worsen as bills for China-funded dams loom

Coronavirus rattles first US dollar bond, adding pressure to weakened economy BANGKOK — COVID-19 has rattled Laos’ debut in selling a U.S. dollar bond in international markets, adding pressure on a country whose “Wild West of dam building” splurge has put it in a precarious repayment situation, especially in regard to China, its leading lender. […]

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Market to promote good agriculture practices in Laos

Everyone loves good quality food! With funding support from the United States, a new Clean Agriculture Products Market officially opened on May 27 at the Provincial of Agriculture and Forestry Office in Vientiane Capital. This market is intended to promote good agriculture practices (GAP) products like coffee, cassava, sacha inchi and cabbage, and also to […]