Laos

280 Chinese arrested in Laos for alleged online scamming

The illegal operations are rife in a murky Chinese-run special economic zone in northern Laos.

Weak governance, poor economy drive the hollowing out of Laos

There is no more important Lao export to Thailand than the country’s youth, who see very little reason to stay.

Mine offers Chinese language classes for Lao kids

Local residents say language instruction is necessary to get ahead in Laos these days.

Lao central bank governor removed amid economic crisis

Inflation, currency depreciation and high debt have hampered growth as young people seek jobs in Thailand.

Lao mining operations exporting iron, coal through Vietnam seaport

Sent by truck through Vietnam, the raw materials are shipped to China’s Qingdao port for processing.

Rainy season exacerbates Laos’ power outages

Power company is saddled with dam construction debt and cannot afford grid maintenance.

Mekong fishermen react to chemical spill in Laos