Experts warn of drug-resistant malaria threat

A Thai health official takes a blood sample from a child's finger for a malaria test at a malaria clinic in Bong Ti Lang village, near the Thai-Myanmar border. Photo: EPA

Drug-resistant malaria is spreading in Asia, experts warned, as a high-level conference opened yesterday with the aim of hammering out an action plan to strengthen the region's response.

Thursday, 1 November, 2012, 3:04am

More cargo ships attacked in Myanmar

Chinese cargo ships have been attacked at a pier on the Mekong River in Myanmar, less than a month after China resumed cargo ship traffic on the waterway. Traffic was halted after the killing of 13 Chinese sailors on the river's Thai section in October.

7 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Sailors back home after Thai ordeal

Dozens of Chinese sailors returned to the mainland yesterday afternoon under the escort of a Chinese patrol ship from northern Thailand, where 13 sailors were killed earlier this month by suspected drug traffickers.

17 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Contentious dam begins power generation

A new dam on the Lancang River in southern Yunnan province started power production amid environmental concerns and scepticism from countries on the lower reaches of the waterway, also known as the Mekong.

23 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

The rush for hydropower

The Mekong's days of flowing freely look numbered, threatening food security for millions of people and friction between states along the river. Since March, officials in Vientiane have given Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese investors approval to study four large hydroelectric dam projects on the Mekong in Laos.

1 Dec 2007 - 12:00am


Laos' sleepy capital takes its name from the Indochina era, although the city has been important to the area since at least the 14th century.

25 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Authorities try to dampen water festival celebrations

The New Year water festival may reveal the strong ties between the ancient cultures of Laos and Thailand but authorities in Vientiane are insisting that is where any modern similarities must stop.

In a string of thundering broadcasts, the state-controlled Lao National Radio has been urging citizens not to follow the raucous revelry that has engulfed Bangkok this week.

16 Apr 1999 - 12:00am

Downtrodden bear brunt of 'worst drought in a century'

In parts of central and southern Vietnam, there are large swathes of territory where the only things that ever seem to sprout are cacti and tombstones.

People forced to eke out a living on the edges of these rarely visited areas face a marginal existence that must rank among the toughest in the region.

13 May 1998 - 12:00am

Rice-bowl deltas ripe for reform

Upheavals could be in store for Vietnam's two key rice-bowl regions - the Mekong and Red River deltas - which are home to nearly half of the country's 77 million people.

Local and regional pressures forced the ruling Communist Party this week to examine rural policies which some fear are keeping peasants in poverty and leading to instability, political sources said.

27 Dec 1997 - 12:00am

Letting life flow by beside the Mekong

CAUCASIANS swapped travel anecdotes over beer and army personnel laughed with coy attendants, their cheeks reddened by Mekong whisky. We were on the overnight train from Bangkok to Nong Khai, in Thailand's northeast province.

21 Aug 1993 - 12:00am