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China, Laos to enhance cooperation in information, culture, tourism

China and Laos have in recent years made great progress in exchange and cooperation in information, culture and tourism and the two countries will further enhance cooperation in these fields, officials said Wednesday. Lao Deputy Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism Savankhone Razmountry and Chinese Consul General in northern Laos' Luang Prabang Li Baoguang, made the pledge Tuesday at an annual meeting on information and media work in northern Laos, according to a press release from the Consulate General on Wednesday.



Laos continues efforts to fight against locusts

Lao agricultural officers are focusing on controlling and preventing locust outbreaks in five northern provinces following outbreaks reported in May this year. Officials of the Lao Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry have generally been able to control locust outbreaks and prevent them from spreading to other districts, but they are finding it difficult to manage the voracious insects in steep mountainous terrain, Vanthieng Phommasoulin, an official of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, was quoted by Lao daily Vientiane Times as saying on Saturday.



Why affordable luxury hotels brands are heading to Asia

Yotel and CitizenM might be better known in Europe and the United States but it won't be long before they become familiar brands in Asia. These affordable luxury hotel brands are making headway in the region as they embark on a spate of new launches across many of its most popular destinations.



Cambodia accuses Laos of border violation, seeks meeting

Cambodia announced Friday that its prime minister will make an urgent visit to Laos as he demanded its government withdraw soldiers he claimed are encroaching on territory in northeastern Cambodia. Cambodia's foreign ministry announced Hun Sen's Saturday trip to the Laotian capital Vientiane after he threatened to use force to expel the Laotian troops if they did not withdraw by Aug. 17. Cambodia and Laos have generally warm relations as both had fraternal communist governments after 1975.



Equality for refugees who want to marry

On Tuesday, a federal district court struck down a Louisiana state law denying marriage equality to foreign-born residents. The law had been backed by the religious right, the same crowd that had earlier fought to deny marriage equality to same-sex couples.



Depth of child trafficking to Thailand exposed in report

CHILDREN ARE being trafficked to Thailand from neighbouring countries for underage labour, sexual exploitation and forced begging, a new report revealed yesterday. The "Trafficking in people from Cambodia, Lao PDR and Myanmar to Thailand" is the first joint report of its kind to explore human trafficking in the region as available information suggests many migrants from Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar have ended up as victims in the Kingdom.



Vietnamese man with rhino horn arrested at Suvarnabhumi Airport

Officials at Suvarnabhumi Airport's wildlife checkpoint apprehended a Vietnamese passenger who was bound for Luang Prabang in northern Laos along with a rhino horn which had been cut into five pieces on Tuesday afternoon. Vietnamese national Foong Ngab Ha, travelled from Angola and stopped for transit at Dubai and Bangkok before continuing to Luang Prabang.



Learning Chinese opens gateway to know China better: foreign journalists

"China is different from what I have imagined and seen before I came here. After five months of first-hand experience in China, I become more interested in Chinese language and culture," said Sangeet Sangroula, correspondent of Republica Daily of Nepal.



India, other Mekong Ganga countries to boost connectivity

Manila/New Delhi, Aug 9 India and other members of the Mekong Ganga Cooperation have decided to explore ways to boost maritime freight and land connectivity among the countries, including through extending the Trilateral Highway.



Chinese firm brings safe drinking water to Lao villagers while building China-Laos railway

China's Sinohydro Bureau 14 Co., Ltd participating in construction of the China-Laos railway has been praised for their efforts to improve local villagers' life in Laos. Access to safe drinking water is still not available to every Laotian.



Feature: Chinese PLA "Peace Train" medical team brings experience, technology, friendship to Laos

"I am really grateful. I did not think that the surgery could be so fast," the son of Soukhan, a Lao man, told Xinhua in Vientiane recently.



Northeast can be fulcrum of India-Asean ties: Arunachal minister

New Delhi, Aug 7 The cultural similarities between northeastern India and southeast Asia will serve as the fulcrum of India's ties with the Asean nations, Arunachal Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein said on Monday. "Cultural similarity between the people of Asean countries and northeast India should become the fulcrum of our friendship and the bedrock of all our policies both - diplomatic and economic," he said at an event to mark the 25th anniversary of Asean-India Dialoque Partnership in Laos' capital Vientiane, according to a statement issued by the Arunachal Pradesh Government.



India for expanding cooperation among Mekong Ganga countries

Manila/New Delhi, Aug 7 - As part of its increasing engagements with the countries of Southeast Asia under the Act East Policy, India on Monday called for expanding the areas of cooperation among the member countries of the Mekong Ganga Cooperation bloc. Let me also reiterate that the cooperation among our countries as part of the MGC framework, aims at restoring and re-invigorating these ancient linkages leading up to the building of an inclusive and prosperous society, Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh said while addressing the Eighth Mekong Ganga Cooperation Ministerial Meeting in Manila.



Feature: Laos-China railway brings changes to Laos

In northern and central Laos, mountains seem to reign the area where population is scarce. There was almost nothing but primeval forests and traces of slash-and-burn cultivation left by mountainous residents.



China's PLA Peace Train medical team completes Lao task

The People's Liberation Army Peace Train medical team on Sunday completed their task in Laos after 12 days of voluntary service in the Southeast Asian country. "This activity is an in-depth cooperation and exchange between the two militaries in medical field.



Lao Airlines to begin direct flight to Japan

Lao Airlines has announced it will inaugurate direct flight to Japan's Tokyo Narita International Airport soon to handle the growing need for air transport between the two countries. The exact date for the inauguration and ticket prices are still unknown, but details will be announced at a later date, an official of the airlines told the Vientiane Times yesterday.



Chinese firms responsible for largest SEZ investments

More foreign companies have decided to invest in special and specific economic zones in Laos because of regional integration and improvement of facilities, with Chinese firms playing a leading role in the sector. Over the past six months, 51 companies have registered to invest in the SEZs with a total recorded capital of US$54.7 million, according to the latest report from the Ministry of Planning and Investment.





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