Laos

Villagers in the dark even as preparations start for building the Pak Lay Dam in Laos

The Chinese-led project is expected to displace 1,000 families, who haven’t yet been offered compensation.

North Korea

Imported white horses burnish Kim’s image and tie him to Korea’s mythical past

But propaganda tool is expensive, and apparently not banned under UN sanctions on luxury goods

Tibet

Tibetan political prisoner and monk dies in Chinese custody

Geshe Phende Gyaltsen served as mediator in conflicts and was active in renovating a monastery

China

Feminist and LGBT activist held for 3 months for sticking up posters of ‘Bridge Man’

Guo Yi was detained in Beijing as she tried to put a poster of Peng Lifa in a Beijing toilet, a rights group says

South China Sea

Analysts don’t expect progress on South China Sea code despite Indonesia’s push

China’s increasing activities in waters of ASEAN claimant states don’t inspire trust, they say.

China

Remembering Chinese whistleblower doctor 3 years after his death

Dr. Li is regarded as symbol of freedom of speech in China

South China Sea

Analysts don’t expect progress on South China Sea code despite Indonesia’s push

China’s increasing activities in waters of ASEAN claimant states don’t inspire trust, they say.

Selling hair in Myanmar to make ends meet