US President Barack Obama and Laos' President Choummaly Sayasone at the Asean meeting in California in February 2016. Photo: AFP

Can Obama help Laos emerge from China’s shadow?

Historic visit may be a boost, but Vientiane’s economic reliance on its giant neighbour means it faces a tightrope walk in counterbalancing Chinese influence

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US President Barack Obama and Laos' President Choummaly Sayasone at the Asean meeting in California in February 2016. Photo: AFP
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