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Are Laos’ New Railways a Solution to its Lack of Trade with the West?
November 02, 2022

Are Laos’ New Railways a Solution to its Lack of Trade with the West?

By David Hutt
Transport costs are not the only problem facing the country, but reducing them could help spur progress in other areas.

Why Vietnam Should be Worried About Laos’ Economic Crisis
July 22, 2022

Why Vietnam Should be Worried About Laos’ Economic Crisis

By Khang Vu
The country's travails could deepen China's influence and destabilize the longstanding alliance between Hanoi and Vientiane.
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.

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.

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.
China’s BRI and its High-Speed Railways to Nowhere
November 10, 2020

China’s BRI and its High-Speed Railways to Nowhere

By James Guild
The railway projects being built under the Belt and Road Initiative offer marginal economic benefits at exorbitant costs.

Are Laos’ Land-Linking Dreams a Risky Bet?
September 06, 2019

Are Laos’ Land-Linking Dreams a Risky Bet?

By Fabio Figiaconi
The Lao government aspires to gain centrality in the Greater Mekong Subregion via new infrastructure; but at what price?

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