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The Rise, Fall and Possible Renewal of a Town in Laos on China’s Border

The Rise, Fall and Possible Renewal of a Town in Laos on China’s Border

For five years, this remote town on the China-Laos border has lived in the shadow of more prosperous times.
On the main street, weeds grow where bustling shops and restaurants once stood. Old nightclub signs blister and peel in the tropical climate. Around town, abandoned multistory hotels loom like decaying sentinels, colonized by armies of jungle insects.
About a half-dozen years ago, Boten was a casino boomtown, a pinprick of neon amid thickly forested hills. Its gold-rush economy revolved …. Continue reading

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Laos Gives Green Light To Foreign Investors

Laos Gives Green Light To Foreign Investors

The government has reaffirmed its commitment to giving the green light to foreign businesses seeking opportunities for investment in the country.
This was the statement made by Deputy Prime Minister Dr Sonexay Siphandone during the launch of the 4th China-South Asia Expo and the 24th China Kunming Import and Export Commodities Fair on June 12.
In his opening remarks, Dr Sonexay said that although Laos does not share a border with the sea, based on…. Continue reading

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One Chinese Dead, Three Wounded In Attack

One Chinese Dead, Three Wounded In Attack

A Chinese national was killed and three others wounded in an attack in Laos, state media reported Wednesday, the second time this year workers from China have been targeted in the resource-rich nation.
The assault took place late Tuesday on property belonging to …. Continue reading

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Laos Assures US It Will Help Counter Chinese Assertiveness

Laos Assures US It Will Help Counter Chinese Assertiveness

The prime minister of communist Laos assured U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday that his small nation will help counter China’s assertiveness in the South China Sea.
Laos this year takes the rotating chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, with the group’s heads of … Continue reading

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Bomb Attack In Laos Kills Two Chinese

Bomb attack in Laos kills two Chinese

A suspected bomb attack in Laos killed two Chinese citizens and injured one more, Beijing’s official news agency Xinhua said Monday.
Xinhua identified one of the victims as an employee of a Chinese mining company operating in the …. Continue reading

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Is The Dragon’s Power A Threat To The Mekong Region?

Is The Dragon's Power A Threat To The Mekong Region?

The role of China in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) is directly linked with the North-South Corridor, a transportation route where the improvement of regional infrastructure and road construction has instigated extensive cross-border movement of goods, people and capital.
The prominent role of China is apparent from an investment in the construction of a …. Continue reading

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