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  1. Learning new steps in dance of diplomacy

    Posted Aug 15th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Greg Torode When prominent US senators start popping up in Laos, you know something is up. Landlocked between its giant neighbours, China, Thailand and Vietnam, and home to fewer than ... under way in the region. Washington's attempts to re-engage under the administration of US President Barack Obama means they must play catch-up with China in some quarters, and Laos ...

  2. Laos - the long, troubled decade

    Posted Sep 02nd 2003, 12:00am by David Fullbrook

    ... Five people were shot dead when a battered bus trundling through rugged northeastern Laos was ambushed two weekends ago. For once, not all the raiders escaped scot-free: five of them were ... more interesting than the attacks themselves. It is a well-rehearsed play: as usual, Laos blames the attack on bandits. Diplomats stick to their lines, shrug their shoulders and point fingers ...

  3. Anarchy and Old Dogs

    Posted Nov 02nd 2008, 12:00am by Greg Lowe

    ... Greg Lowe by Colin Cotterill Quercus, HK$195 It seems to be just another day of fun-packed forensics when Laos' national coroner Dr Siri Paiboon is called in to conduct a post-mortem ... post-revolutionary Laos, and orders come through for Dr Siri to head south to Pakse to look into the suspicious death of a Vietnamese commissioner. He was electrocuted by a Russian water heater and the local ...

  4. Battle against communism never ended for ex-CIA secret warrior

    Posted Jun 06th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Greg Torode General Vang Pao is a creature of the CIA's secret war in Laos, one of the more intriguing aspects of the cold war in Indochina. And while other veterans have retired ... was trained as an officer by French forces, fighting communist Viet Minh guerillas from Vietnam and their Pathet Lao proteges. Charismatic and dogmatic, within three years he was commanding ...

  5. 'Made in China' now a hot ticket in Vientiane

    Posted Mar 30th 2008, 12:00am by Choi Chi Yuk

    ... Choi Chi Yuk in Vientiane The 'Made in China' label, once scorned in Laos, is now coveted. 'About eight years ago, the quality of Chinese products sold in Laos was so bad ... already expired. Others complained their new washing machines and video players broke down after a few months' use. 'Laos people used to boycott Chinese products. Even me. I refused ...

  6. Secret of Resurrection

    Posted Oct 23rd 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... HK Repertory Theatre adapts Liu E's novel The Travels of Lao Can, about a former government official's investigation of a flawed murder trial. Stars Tse Kwan-ho (above left) and Alice Lau (right). In Cantonese with Chinese and English surtitles. Today-Oct 28, 7.45pm, HK Academy for Performing Arts, 1 Gloucester Rd, Wan Chai, HK$120-HK$300 HK Ticketing. Inquiries: 3103 ...

  7. Labour shortages mounting in Macau

    Posted Apr 28th 2007, 12:00am by Fox Yi Hu

    ... long,' lawyer Carlos Simoes said. It is believed the city has a shortage of between 50,000 and 100,000 workers. Government economist Lao Pun-lap estimates the city's labour gap will grow ... for the first time demand the resignation of Chief Executive Edmund Ho Hau-wah. More than 5,000 protesters clashed with police on May 1 last year, leaving 27 injured. Mr Lao said it was essential ...


    Posted Apr 06th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Ministers of Asean nations have adopted a strategy for further development of tourism in the region over the next five years. The Asean Tourism Strategic Plan was approved at the 14th meeting of Asean Tourism Ministers held on January 17 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Ministers from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam ...

  9. Vietnam moves to shore up border defences after PLA 'drill' in Guangxi

    Posted Aug 13th 2011, 12:00am

    ... of Guangxi. Vietnamese border guard commanders held a meeting in Lao Cai on Wednesday with officials of 12 provinces bordering China- the day after China's Defence Ministry attempted to play down ... the meeting in Lao Cai to stress the importance of defending the sovereignty of the mountainous, 1,400-kilometre border. He urged greater co-operation between border guards and local authorities- ...

  10. 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 ...




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