Asean fails to reprimand China

Relax: Rodrigo Duterte was in diplomatic mode. Will be make a convivial host next year? Source: YouTube The Asean summit in Laos has to let...

Duterte kept away from Obama, Ban

President Rodrigo Duterte got on well with US Secretary of State John Kerry. Source: Wikimedia   Outspoken Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has been spared an awkward dinner...

Duterte’s mouth derails summit

China’s armed forces are unlikely to be sweating over the threat of coordinated Asean action. Source: Wikimedia As the region's leaders come together in Laos...

Japan demands Asean unity

Senkaku in the East China Sea is concentrating minds in Tokyo, Beijing and Taipei. Source: Flickr   Jakarta has a huge responsibility to maintain unity and...

Ex-casino town set for rail rebirth

Inside an abandoned casino in Boten in 2013. Source: Wikimedia For five years, the remote town of Boten on the China-Laos border has lived in...

Laos and Cambodia vow to boost ties

Mekong fish traps near the Laos-Cambodia border. Source: Wikimedia Laos Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith and his Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen have agreed to open a...

Silence over Asean’s bungled statement

The South China Sea's overlapping claims. Source: Wikimedia Confusion still surrounds the retracted Malaysian statement at the end of the Kunming summit of Asean foreign ministers...

Laos prepares to host Abe at summit

Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith. Source: Kremlin Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is planning a visit to Laos in September for Asean summits. Abe welcomed Thongloun’s...

New Laos boss visits Hanoi allies

Presidential Palace, Vientiane. Source: Flickr Laotian President Bounnhang Vorachit has arrived in Vietnam for his first overseas trip since taking office in January. Vorachit held talks...

NGO fears Lao hydropower impact

The Theun-Hinboun dam in Laos. Vientiane is waking up to the reality of the nation’s hydropower potential. Source: Wikimedia The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has...

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