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Asia-Europe leaders in Laos vow to promote free trade

Spain Foreign Minister Jose Garcia Margallo said: "The worst thing... as we learned in the 2009 crisis is to adopt protectionist measures." Photo: EPA

Asian and European leaders on Tuesday renounced protectionism and vowed to promote free trade at a major summit in communist Laos, officials said.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

European leaders in Laos to seek Asian support on debt crisis

French President Francois Hollande said his main aim was to convince Asian leaders that “Europe is still an economic power”. Photo: EPA

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 territorial tensions in the region.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Asian Games 'a golden opportunity'

Hosting the Asian Games will help Hong Kong become one of the world's big cities, said sports chief Timothy Fok Tsun-ting, who called on the government to show the ambition to move the city forward.

30 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Travellers' checks

Swing into action

4 Oct 2009 - 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

Swire puts Vientiane on the tourist track

A three-day, two-night package to the Laotian capital Vientiane is being offered by Swire Travel.

Prices start from HK$3,690 and include a return flight via Bangkok, breakfast, airport transfers and accommodation at one of five hotels, including the Novotel Vientiane.

4 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Another Quiet American

Another Quiet American

by Brett Dakin

Asia Books $90

9 May 2004 - 12:00am

Laos - the long, troubled decade

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 killed by security forces shortly after. It was the fourth bus attack this year.

2 Sep 2003 - 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

dead Laos

THE CHRISTMAS BEFORE last, and almost at the last possible minute, I went to Laos. The Government had just changed the entry rules: previously, you had to send your passport to Bangkok, cross your fingers and hope it would eventually come back with a Lao People's Democratic Republic chop inside. Then, in the autumn of 1997, it became possible to pay US$50 (HK$387) on arrival.

3 Jan 1999 - 12:00am

Connoisseurs, handle with care

It is an old socialist case of what goes around, comes around.

In Southeast Asia's swankier quarters, bars are springing up all over the place reminiscent of pre-revolution Cuba - all tan walls and slow, twirling ceiling fans.

4 Nov 1998 - 12:00am

Warning reveals fears for economy

Last week's unusual warning from the Lao leadership about the need to beat corruption and curb the country's bureaucracy has raised fears the regional economic crisis may be having a deep impact.

It was clear the nation's communist rulers had realised they were much less isolated from the downturn than they had thought, diplomats and businessmen in Bangkok and Vientiane said.

21 Oct 1998 - 12:00am

Old city's tour push

The ancient capital, Luang Prabang, will be the focal point of a new tourism campaign.

Vientiane has declared 1999 and 2000 its 'Years of Tourism', for which the Government has announced new attractions to draw travellers.

2 Sep 1998 - 12:00am

Arms firm 'warlord' removed

One of the most powerful and enigmatic leaders in Laos has been removed from the head of the country's biggest firm.

After building up the military development firm Bolisat Phakhana Khet Phoudoi, General Cheng Sayavong is now directing the National Tourism Authority as it gears up for Visit Laos Year 1999.

8 Apr 1998 - 12:00am

Beer facts of river rumpus remain shrouded in mystery

Somehow it has always looked like more than a storm in a beer bottle.

Border tensions between Thailand and Laos may have eased with the release this week of six Thai immigration officials following a bizarre beer smuggling incident three weeks ago, but the whole affair remains a mystery.

29 Oct 1997 - 12:00am