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Laos: On the Borders of the Empire | Laos | Al Jazeera

We investigate China’s rising influence in Laos and the potentially disastrous consequences for the local population. Mandarin is the language of choice among its residents and on its street signs and advertising hoardings; clocks are set to Beijing time in homes, stores and even municipal buildings; and the Yuan is …

Thailand presses Laos over royal insult suspects | Reuters

Thailand’s top security officer will go to neighboring Laos to push for the extradition of critics of the Thai monarchy, Thailand’s defense minister said on Thursday. Insulting the monarchy carries a jail term of up to 15 years for each offence in Thailand and prosecutions have risen since the death …

Laos promises to phase out tiger farms: Conservation groups

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Laos has promised to phase out farms that breed endangered tigers for their body parts, a positive step from a country believed to be a major hub of wildlife trafficking in Asia, conservation groups said Friday. The announcement by Laotian officials in South Africa came one day …

Can Laos Create a Startup Economy? | The Diplomat

Alongside the ASEAN summitry, a different group descended on Laos: angel investors. Last week, the usually sleepy capital of Vientiane was awoken amidst the commotion and hustle bustle of the 29th ASEAN Summit. Within four days, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic had hosted a flurry of official meetings, negotiations, and historic …

The Changing Face of ASEAN | The Diplomat

Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam offer an unlikely breath of fresh air. MANDALAY — With much of ASEAN stuck in the economic doldrums and its senior members beset with issues ranging from unprecedented levels of corruption to violent insurgencies and maritime disputes with China, the regional bloc has known better days. But …