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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.

The Threat of a Dam Disaster in Luang Prabang 
July 17, 2021

The Threat of a Dam Disaster in Luang Prabang 

By Tom Fawthrop
The dam near Luang Prabang - both a World Heritage site and an seismically active zone - is “an irresponsible gamble,” experts argue.

Laos Seizes Record Meth Haul Amid Regional Production Boom
July 16, 2021

Laos Seizes Record Meth Haul Amid Regional Production Boom

By Sebastian Strangio
This week's 17 million tablet haul amounts to nearly the entire recorded seizures for last year.

On China’s Doorstep, Laos Plays a Careful Game of Balancing
July 07, 2021

On China’s Doorstep, Laos Plays a Careful Game of Balancing

By Kearrin Sims
China's influence is growing in Laos, but the country's foreign relations present a more complex picture.

Laos Establishes Task Force to Police Social Media Platforms
June 03, 2021

Laos Establishes Task Force to Police Social Media Platforms

By Sebastian Strangio
The Lao communist authorities fear that Facebook could become an incubator of anti-government sentiment.
Boten: the Renaissance of Laos’s Golden City
May 14, 2021

Boten: the Renaissance of Laos’s Golden City

By Nicholas Bosoni
The one-time casino boom town on the Laos-China border is on the rise again, powered by billions in Chinese investment.

Laos Introduces Two-Week Lockdown to Contain Rare COVID-19 Outbreak
April 23, 2021

Laos Introduces Two-Week Lockdown to Contain Rare COVID-19 Outbreak

By Sebastian Strangio
The outbreak comes after a year in which the Southeast Asian nation mostly evaded the coronavirus.

What’s in the New Russian Military Facility Chatter in Laos?  
April 15, 2021

What’s in the New Russian Military Facility Chatter in Laos?  

By Prashanth Parameswaran
A closer look at a latest manifestation of Moscow’s growing defense presence in the Southeast Asian nation.

Chinese Casino Magnate’s Empire Set to Expand in Laos
April 08, 2021

Chinese Casino Magnate’s Empire Set to Expand in Laos

By Sebastian Strangio
The businessman Zhao Wei has established close relationships to Laos's communist elite.
Laos’ Austerity Fantasies Reveal the Communist Party’s Weaknesses
March 26, 2021

Laos’ Austerity Fantasies Reveal the Communist Party’s Weaknesses

By David Hutt
Ballooning external debt and growing fiscal deficits augur political storm clouds for the ruling LPRP.

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