Archive for the ‘Laos’ Category

Laos: Setting Its Own Debt Trap

Via East Asia Forum, commentary on Laos’ debt trap: On 23 September the Fitch Ratings agency downgraded Laos’ credit rating to CCC — the second downgrade in 2020, having dropped to B- in May. Much of the blame lies with COVID-19, which has seen Laos’ economic growth drop from 5.5 per cent in 2019 to a projected 0.5 per cent […]

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Will Laos Become a Model for China’s Economic Colonialism?

Via Fair Observer, a report on how – as Laos braces for the economic impact of COVID-19 – China’s Belt and Road Initiative project in the border town of Boten may become a model of economic colonialism in Southeast Asia: The small Southeast Asian nation of Laos stands out as a success story in COVID-19 […]

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China-Laos Railway: Steady Progress

Via China Daily, a report on progress on the China-Laos railway: Work on the China-Laos railway, a strategic project under the Belt and Road Initiative, is progressing steadily with work on Vientiane station commencing on Friday in the Laotian capital, despite COVID-19 challenges. The 14,543-square-meter station is the largest of the 20 newly-built stations under […]

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The Mekong River Is Becoming A Significant South-East Asian Trade Corridor

Via Silk Road Briefing, an article on how – with the last major China-Laos railway tunnel completed On Lancang-Mekong corridor – the Mekong River is becoming a major South-East Asian trade corridor: The last significant tunnel to be bored to complete the China-Laotian Railway was completed on March 15th, with track now being laid at […]

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China’s Belt and Road Keeps Steaming Ahead In Laos

Via The Asia Times, commentary on how China’s Belt and Road keeps steaming ahead in Laos: Under fire for bullying neighbors in the South China Sea, China is patting itself on the back for the progress it is making on the 411-kilometer China-Laos railway through a sparsely populated nation that has barely been touched by the […]

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China’s Special Economic Zones In SE Asia: Viva Laos Vegas!

Via The Economist, an interesting look at Chinese ‘Special economic zones’ in southeast Asia: In a remote part of northern Laos, the bamboo forest gives way to cranes. A city is being carved out of jungle: tower blocks cloaked in scaffolding loom over restaurants, karaoke bars and massage parlours. The beating heart of Golden Triangle […]

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