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Laos-China co-produced TV program promoted in Lao university

A culture exchange program and Laos-China co-produced TV program promotion was held in Lao National University here on Monday. The event was jointly hosted by the People's Broadcasting Station of Guangxi, National University of Laos and Laos National Television.

Home of Chinese acrobatics magnet for foreigners

Students from Laos, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone and Tanzania study various performing skills at the Hebei Wuqiao Acrobatic Art School. They will be ready for public performances upon their graduation in August.

Chinese cultural show staged in Laos to celebrate Spring Festival

A Chinese cultural show was staged in the Lao capital Vientiane on Saturday to celebrate the upcoming Spring Festival, or Chinese New Year. The "Happy Spring Festival 2018 Temple Fair in Laos" included Chinese classical folk music, dance, magic show, acrobatics, as well as performance by Lao musician Athisack Ratanavong with his popular song "Belt and Road."

Life flows through Mekong

THE first time I caught a glimpse of Mekong River was when my friends and I were crossing the Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge from NongKhai, Thailand to Vientiane, Laos. The next day, we were having a bottle of beer in a hut by the river bank in Vientiane, watching the sunset and the view of Thailand at the other side of the river.

Providence Perfume Co Vientiane ~ new fragrance

Vientiane is the capitol of Laos and means city of sandalwood. Vientiane was once known for its abundance of sandalwood trees, hence the name for our new botanical sandalwood based perfume.

Make the most of Pakxong's golden land: Lao PM

Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has urged Champassak provincial authorities to develop Bolaven Plateau in Pakxong district as another tourist attraction and to encourage the production of good quality agricultural produce for export. Mr Thongloun visited Pakxong district on Tuesday and met with local government officials and members of the public to learn about current developments on the Bolaven Plateau.

Laos, Cambodia eye popular front cooperation

The Lao Front for National Construction met with visiting National Council for Solidarity Front for the Development of Cambodia Motherland here on Monday to discuss future cooperation. The Cambodian delegation is visiting Vientiane from Saturday to Wednesday to further strengthen relations between the two countries' popular fronts.

Lao president meets Xinhua News Agency president

General Secretary of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party Central Committee and President of Laos Bounnhang Vorachit met here Saturday with Xinhua News Agency President Cai Mingzhao, who came to Vientiane to attend the first Laos-China Belt and Road Cooperation Forum. Bounnhang congratulated the successful holding of the forum, saying it is a historic event, and embodies the firm cooperative relations between Laos and China as well as the spirit of good neighbors, good friends, good comrades and good partners.

Lao gov't awards freedom medal to China's Xinhua News Agency

The Lao government awarded freedom medals to China's Xinhua News Agency and Xinhua President Cai Mingzhao here Friday during the ongoing Laos-China Belt and Road Cooperation Forum. The medals were awarded by Lao Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism Bosengkham Vongdara on behalf of the Lao government for the contributions that Xinhua News Agency and the Xinhua president have made to promote Laos-China friendly relations and supports for the development of the Lao News Agency .

Pursuits: The Woven Art of Laos

The outdoor workroom in a lush garden not far from the mighty Mekong River seems a world apart from Paris. A dozen Laotian women talk among themselves as the city traffic from the streets of Vientiane swirls by.

Made in North Carolina: Flavors only found in Raleigh

Raleigh, N.C.'s food scene serves up independent restaurants, coffee shops, breweries and cocktail bars with a sense of community. Quite possibly the most magical place in all of Raleigh, N.C. , Brewery Bhavana is the brainchild of brother and sister Vansana and Vanvisa Nolintha.

India moves to deepen engagement with ASEAN nations

All 10 heads of states from the ASEAN bloc were invited as the chief guests at India's 69th Republic Day celebrations [Adnan Abidi/Reuters] India rolled out a red carpet welcome to leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to mark 25 years of New Delhi's ties with the ASEAN bloc, as part of India's "Act East" policy. All 10 heads of states from ASEAN were invited as chief guests at India's 69th Republic Day celebrations, a move dubbed as "unprecedented" by diplomats and analysts.

Elephant is caught on camera sneaking across the border

Bordering on the ridiculous! 'Illegal immigrant' elephant is caught on camera sneaking across the border to find breakfasta but comes back just two hours later One cheeky wild elephant has been caught carefully crossing the border between China and Laos - not once, but twice - in the wee hours on Saturday. The jumbo animal was thought to be looking for food in Laos after passing the Chinese border watched by two guards.

HCM City, Laos seek measures to boost trade

The products of HCM City and Laos are more complementary than competing in nature, meeting consumption and production demand of both sides. But their bilateral trade relation has not met the expectations of either side, according to the Investment and Trade Promotion Centre of HCM City .

India, Laos discuss development aid, trade

New Delhi, Jan 26 : Cooperation in development aid and trade were among the issues discussed during a bilateral meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi held with his Laos counterpart Thongloun Sisoulith here on Friday. "Long-standing, friendly and mutually supportive relations," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

Lao gov't targets 2 pct unemployment rate in 2018

Lao government has set a target of limiting the unemployment rate to only 2 percent in 2018 despite a high percentage of joblessness reported among university graduates. Local daily Vientiane Times on Saturday quoted the Ministry of Planning and Investment's report as saying that the Lao government is paying greater attention to boosting the industrial and service sectors to generate employment opportunities for local people.

ASEAN leaders want India to be more pro-active in Indo-Pacific

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations comprises Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Myanmar , Cambodia, Laos and Brunei. Saran said all the ASEAN leaders appreciated India's positive role in the Indo-Pacific region.

Watch LIVE stream: Republic Day 2018 parade from Rajpath

India today celebrates its 69th Republic Day . The Republic Day 2018 is very special in the sense that leaders of 10 countries from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations member-states will grace the Republic Day Parade on the historic Rajpath.

India values Asean's role in regional peace: President Kovind

Stating that India's Act East policy reinforces its ancient links with southeast Asia through enhanced political, security, economic and cultural ties, Kovind said, "In this context, India greatly values Asean's role as a proponent of peace, stability and prosperity in the region. We iterate our support to Asean's unity."

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