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  1. High stakes as Laos turns to casinos

    Posted Jan 23rd 2011, 12:00am by Tom Fawthrop

    ... Triangle Special Economic Zone. Built with Chinese money, and catering mainly to Chinese visitors, the SEZ at Tonphueng in Bokeo province bears little resemblance to the sleepy, impoverished Laos ... the glimpse of a Laotian immigration officer or policeman at the quayside, and a stamp in your passport, are among the few visible reminders that you are in Laos at all, in this enclave where ...

  2. Highs and Laos

    Posted Jun 08th 2008, 12:00am by Bron Sibree

    ... there is the London-born teacher and former Unesco worker who established teaching programmes in Laos and Thailand before setting up a child protection agency in Thailand. Then there is the cartoonist renowned ... of a string of quirky crime novels set in 1970s Laos, on a hapless international readership. 'There used to be more of me,' says Cotterill, who prefers people to think he's ...

  3. The Ho Chi Minh Trail

    Posted Feb 08th 2010, 12:00am by Chris King

    ... with its war against the French colonialists, then against the United States. There had probably been trails for trade for centuries in Laos and Vietnam. The mountains in this border region can ... despite US bombing of western Vietnam and Laos, the trail had become almost a highway. It was used to move supplies and troops. On April 30, 1975, Saigon fell. The war was over. And tunnels ...

  4. Mekong conundrum: does dammed mean damned?

    Posted Oct 18th 2010, 12:00am by Tom Fawthrop

    ... hydropower dams, including the latest to be proposed: the Xayaburi dam in Laos. Authorities in Laos have put their faith in hydropower as a formula to lift the nation out of chronic poverty ... including the tallest high-arch dam in the world, at 292 metres. Four more in China and 11 dams projected in Laos and Cambodia have triggered major controversy. 'The two dams, Xiaowan ...

  5. Ho-hum offerings for storm titles

    Posted Jul 24th 2004, 12:00am by Quinton Chan

    ... in Lao), Durian, Nangka (jackfruit in Malay), and Kujira (the word for a whale in Japanese) could be among the next typhoons to threaten us. But the nominations from Hong Kong only turn up ...

  6. News - China

    Nineteen children among 46 dead in China landslide

    Posted Jan 12th 2013, 02:09pm by Agence France Presse in Beijing

    ... Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam, is a relatively poor part of China where rural houses are often cheaply constructed. Gaopo is in Zhenxiong county, in the northeast of Yunnan, a temperate ...

  7. Go with the flow

    Posted Sep 01st 2008, 12:00am by Michael Richardson

    ... in the wake of devastating floods in parts of northern Thailand and Laos after the Mekong, Southeast Asia's largest river, overflowed its banks, inundating villages and rice fields, and leaving a swathe of destruction. The water level on August 15 in Vientiane, the capital of Laos on the banks of the Mekong, was the highest since records began in 1913. Low-lying regions in Cambodia ...

  8. Despair as the mighty Mekong falters

    Posted Mar 29th 2010, 12:00am by Tom Fawthrop

    ... and desperation among fishermen and farmers in northern Thailand and Laos who blame Chinese dams on the upstream Mekong for erosion of the river banks, declining fish catches and a damaged ecosystem. With water levels at their lowest in 50 years, the four Southeast Asian countries badly hit by falling water levels in the mighty Mekong River- Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia- will use a summit ...

  9. SUV boss geared up for Sichuan rescue

    Posted Jul 26th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Lao Chuan spoke to Al Guo When the international media arrived in Chengdu, Sichuan, after the earthquake last year, one of the first things they looked for was off-road vehicles to take them into the quake zone. They found Lao Chuan (meaning 'old Sichuan'), who is co-owner of the Chuan Shan Jia 4x4 Sports Club. It caters to people looking to take adventurous trips ...

  10. Southwest river trade left high and dry

    Posted Mar 30th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... for the boats to continue their journey. Asia's seventh-largest river flows from Tibet through Yunnan to Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. The Mekong basin is home to more than 60 ... every week but they had all been idle since February. In 2001, four states along the Mekong- China, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand- agreed to let each other's ships ply their waters and a joint ...




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