Asia Times

China-indebted Laos way more broke than advertised

Laos’ public debt could climb to nearly 95% of GDP by the end of 2022, making it one of the most heavily indebted and mostly likely to default nations in Asia, according to World Bank estimates published this month.Significantly, the World Bank’s already dire debt ...

DAVID HUTT

The Mekong River Dying a Slow But Most Certain Death

A confluence of drought and dams along the Mekong River has renewed concerns about the future of the 4,700-kilometer waterway. Upon which tens of millions of people depend for their livelihoods in China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.The number of dams impeding the Mekong’s flow ...

SIMON ROUGHNEEN

Did Korean builder’s corner-cutting lead to Lao dam disaster?

Explosive allegations made by a South Korean lawmaker and detailed in a leading South Korean newspaper point the finger at a leading Korean company as being responsible for hundreds of deaths and thousands of homeless in July’s Lao dam collapse.More ...

Andrew Salmon

New questions asked about Laos dam toll, builder’s role

The official death toll given by Vientiane for the dam disaster in southern Laos in July is not credible, according to civil-society groups in Thailand.Premrudee Daoroung, a well-known environmental campaigner who is part of the Laos Dam Investment Monitor, said the official toll of about 40 ...

Jim Pollard

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