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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Laos risking decades of co-operation with Mekong dam project

    Posted Nov 17th 2012, 12:00am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Laos risking all with dam project Agreement between Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam on shared use of the Mekong River has long been hailed by the United Nations ... But self-interest has got the better of the Lao government, which has ignored pacts, its neighbours and environmentalists to break ground for a hydroelectric dam. At a stroke, it has eroded all that has ...

  2. News - Asia - ENVIRONMENT

    Finnish firm Poyry defends role in approval of massive dam in Laos

    Posted Nov 22nd 2012, 12:00am by Tom Fawthrop

    ... in Laos The consulting firm that gave Laos a green light for a controversial dam on the Mekong River, despite objections from downstream nations, is defending its role in the project, even ... that concluded the Xayaburi dam project was in compliance with Laos' obligations to fellow members of the Mekong River Commission, the international body that oversees the crucial waterway. Otto ...

  3. News - Asia - LAOS

    Vietnam drops objections to Laos dam on Mekong

    Posted Nov 08th 2012, 06:27pm by Associated Press in Hanoi

    ... Associated Press in Hanoi Vietnam has apparently dropped its objections to a dam that Laos is constructing on the Mekong River, saying on Thursday that the neighbouring country has made changes in the design to mitigate any negative downstream impact. Laos officials reportedly said this week that construction of the Xayaburi dam was going ahead, and they took several journalists ...

  4. News - Asia - SUMMIT

    Asia-Europe leaders in Laos vow to promote free trade

    Posted Nov 06th 2012, 05:54pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Vientiane Asian and European leaders on Tuesday renounced protectionism and vowed to promote free trade at a major summit in communist Laos, officials said. Dozens of leaders converged on the small landlocked nation for the Asia-Europe Meeting, seeking to strengthen trade links between two regions that together account for about half of global economic output. ...

  5. News - Asia - LAOS

    Laos holds “groundbreaking” ceremony for contentious Mekong dam

    Posted Nov 07th 2012, 03:15pm by Reuters in Xayaburi, Laos

    ... Reuters in Xayaburi, Laos Laos held a “groundbreaking” ceremony on Wednesday for a US$3.5 billion hydropower dam on the Mekong River that is opposed by environmentalists and some ... with preliminary work on access roads and the riverbank already under way, and Laos’ prime minister saying plans were still being considered. The poor Southeast Asian country has ambitions to become ...

  6. News - Asia - THE PHILIPPINES

    Aquino to raise sea dispute at Asia-Europe summit in Laos

    Posted Nov 04th 2012, 04:02pm by AFP

    ... leaders in Laos this week. Aquino said he expects to hold bilateral meetings with the leaders of the European Union, Poland, Switzerland, Norway and Italy during the two-day Asia-Europe Meeting beginning in Laos on Monday. “At a time when parts of Asia and Europe are facing crisis and uncertainty, it is important for leaders of the two regions to discuss issues they are burdened with,” he ...

  7. News - Asia

    Laos starts construction of controversial mega Mekong River dam ‘this week’

    Posted Nov 05th 2012, 06:35pm

    ... Agence France-Presse in Vientiane Laos on Monday said it would start construction of a controversial multi-billion dollar hydropower dam this week, after adapting the design to calm environmental concerns from neighbouring nations. “After two years of preparation the Lao government will have a ground-breaking ceremony on November 7 and will then start working on the dam itself ...

  8. News - Asia - LAOS

    European leaders in Laos to seek Asian support on debt crisis

    Posted Nov 05th 2012, 09:38am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Vientiane Dozens of European and Asian leaders gathered in impoverished Laos on Monday for a major summit dominated by the euro zone debt crisis and growing ... to Laos. He said the main aim of his first trip to Asia since taking office in May was to convince Asian leaders that “Europe is still an economic power”. European Union president Herman Van Rompuy ...

  9. News - Asia - LAOS

    US urges Laos to address mega dam concerns

    Posted Nov 06th 2012, 06:00pm by Agence France-Presse in Washington

    ... Agence France-Presse in Washington The United States urged caution on Monday on plans by Laos to build a multibillion-dollar dam that has raised environmental concerns from neighbouring nations, saying its impact was still “unknown”. The US$3.8 billion hydroelectric project at Xayaburi, led by Thai group CH Karnchang, has sharply divided the four Mekong nations – Laos, Vietnam, ...

  10. News - Asia - LAOS

    Laos to begin construction of US$3.6b hydropower project on Mekong River

    Posted Nov 06th 2012, 12:00am by Bloomberg in Bangkok

    ... Bloomberg in Bangkok Vientiane says it has addressed concerns over impact on rice farming and fisheries Laos to start construction of US$3.6b dam project Laos will start construction ... "We have addressed most of the concerns." The hydropower plant is the first among eight that Laos plans to build to expand Southeast Asia's smallest economy by selling electricity ...




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