China begins to weave rail web 

Construction of the Thai-Lao-Chinese railway has started in Nakhon Ratchasima in northeastern Thailand with the enticing prospect of high-speed trains linking China with Singapore,...

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...

Cambodia joins Asean’s rail network 

Cambodia and Thailand have reconnected a cross-border railway after 46 years as Asean’s rail links gradually improve. The military-appointed Thai prime minister, Prayuth Chan-ocha, and...

Government imposes curfew in Lao province after rebel attacks

Anti-communist Hmong guerrillas, like those pictured here in 1961, were active in Xaysomboun but it is unclear if the ethnic group is linked to...

Meth trade extends its web 

Intrepid visitors to Yangon should not miss the military’s bizarre Drug Elimination Museum.  Its gory mannequins depict the dangers of drug abuse and the military’s...

Laos fails to win seat on UN Human Rights Council

Laos has failed to win a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council in a secret vote by the UN General Assembly in...

Split Laos dam swamps villages 

Hundreds of people are missing after a dam collapsed in southern Laos, destroying thousands of homes. Five billion cubic metres of water, enough to fill...

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...

Kerry aims to woo Cambodia away from China

Kerry is in the region to prepare for the US-Asean summit in Sunnylands, California, next month. Source: Wikimedia US Secretary of State John Kerry is...

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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