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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.

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.
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’ 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.

Vietnam Hands Over $111 Million Parliament Building to Lao Government
March 23, 2021

Vietnam Hands Over $111 Million Parliament Building to Lao Government

By Sebastian Strangio
The building highlights Vietnam's desire to prevent Laos from spiraling off into China's orbit.

Laos Grants 25-Year Power Grid Concession to Chinese-Majority Firm
March 17, 2021

Laos Grants 25-Year Power Grid Concession to Chinese-Majority Firm

By Sebastian Strangio
The deal will deepen China's involvement in the Lao government's goal of transforming itself into the "battery of Southeast Asia."

How Much Should We Worry About Laos’ Debt?
December 21, 2020

How Much Should We Worry About Laos’ Debt?

By David Hutt
Laos has several options for dealing with its debt crisis, and none of them are palatable.
Vietnam Is Losing Its Best Friends to China
November 02, 2020

Vietnam Is Losing Its Best Friends to China

By Derek Grossman
Over the past few years, China's economic gravity has begun to pull Cambodia and Laos out of Vietnam's orbit.

Laos Opens Fast-Track Service for Chinese Travelers
October 30, 2020

Laos Opens Fast-Track Service for Chinese Travelers

By Sebastian Strangio
The announcement is a sign that China will play a central role in Southeast Asia's recovery from the economic downturn of COVID-19.

What Did the Chinese FM’s Tour of Southeast Asia Achieve?
October 16, 2020

What Did the Chinese FM’s Tour of Southeast Asia Achieve?

By Sebastian Strangio
Wang Yi riffed on a number of familiar tunes, from China's role in post-COVID-19 recovery to the shibboleth of “non-interference.”

Laos Stumbles Under Rising Chinese Debt Burden
September 07, 2020

Laos Stumbles Under Rising Chinese Debt Burden

By Sebastian Strangio
Its economy battered by COVID-19, the nation's sovereign reserves have fallen to less than $1 billion, putting it on the brink of default.
What Did Laos Leader’s Singapore Visit Achieve?
May 03, 2017

What Did Laos Leader’s Singapore Visit Achieve?

By Prashanth Parameswaran
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith’s one-day trip was dominated by economic issues.

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