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Will China’s Railway in Laos Help Bolster Its ‘Soft Power’?
January 11, 2022

Will China’s Railway in Laos Help Bolster Its ‘Soft Power’?

By Daniele Carminati
The inauguration of the long-promised rail line offers Beijing a chance to burnish its image in mainland Southeast Asia.

China’s COVID-19 Border Restrictions Wreak Economic Havoc in Southeast Asia
January 10, 2022

China’s COVID-19 Border Restrictions Wreak Economic Havoc in Southeast Asia

By Sebastian Strangio
Tighter customs clearance procedures have led producers to dump truckloads of fruit by the roadside.
Sino-Thai High-Speed Rail Project Takes Another Step Forward
December 21, 2021

Sino-Thai High-Speed Rail Project Takes Another Step Forward

By Sebastian Strangio
The Thai Transport Minister says the design for the second phase of the line is now complete.

Laos Prepares to Welcome Foreign Tourists From January 1
December 20, 2021

Laos Prepares to Welcome Foreign Tourists From January 1

By Sebastian Strangio
The limited opening ends an 18-month shutdown that has had serious impacts on the country's economy.

Laos Unlocked
December 10, 2021

Laos Unlocked

By Nicholas Bosoni
A trip on the maiden journey of the $5.9 billion Laos-China Railway.

Laos-China Railway Inaugurated Amid Mounting Debt Concerns
December 03, 2021

Laos-China Railway Inaugurated Amid Mounting Debt Concerns

By Sebastian Strangio
The $5.9 billion railway, an impressive feat of Chinese engineering, is set to tie Laos ever closer to its northern neighbor.

What Chinese Dams in Laos Tell Us About the Belt and Road Initiative
December 03, 2021

What Chinese Dams in Laos Tell Us About the Belt and Road Initiative

By Phillip Guerreiro
Analyzing Chinese dams in Laos provides insight into the local origins and drivers of the BRI, particularly along China’s borderland regions.
In Rare Three-Party Conclave, Vietnam Pushes Back Against Growing Chinese Influence
September 28, 2021

In Rare Three-Party Conclave, Vietnam Pushes Back Against Growing Chinese Influence

By Sebastian Strangio
Hanoi is becoming increasingly unnerved by the growing Chinese influence over its longstanding clients, Cambodia and Laos.

Laos Tightens COVID-19 Restrictions as Infections Reach New Peak
September 22, 2021

Laos Tightens COVID-19 Restrictions as Infections Reach New Peak

By Sebastian Strangio
Like many of its neighbors, the nation has struggled to contain recent outbreaks of the Delta variant of COVID-19.

Despite Crime Concerns, Laos Authorizes Cryptocurrency Trial
September 16, 2021

Despite Crime Concerns, Laos Authorizes Cryptocurrency Trial

By Sebastian Strangio
But little good will come from authorizing the mining and trading of the volatile digital currencies.

Giant Buddha Statue Plan Rankles Residents of Laos’ Capital: Report
September 15, 2021

Giant Buddha Statue Plan Rankles Residents of Laos’ Capital: Report

By Sebastian Strangio
A Chinese firm's plans to build a 100-meter-high Buddha statue in low-lying Vientiane encapsulate China's outsized economic presence in Laos.
Laos-China Railway on Track for December Opening: Official
August 16, 2021

Laos-China Railway on Track for December Opening: Official

By Sebastian Strangio
The completion of the railway will deepen China's influence over the landlocked nation of seven million.

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