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Laos enters the age of development with 3.5 kilometres of railway
Laos was one of the last countries in the world not to have developed a railway network. The realisation of the first 3.5 kilometres of track opens the way for ambitious projects involving various European and Chinese investors. The railway projects will provide incentives for the economy and tourism.
11/02/2009 CHINA – UNITED NATIONS
UN asks about human rights, China’s answer is economics
Beijing denies rights violations, hiding behind improvements resulting from economic development. Experts note however that the economic crisis cut the few rights workers have. Now member state representatives are set to issue recommendations.
22/07/2011 BHUTAN – UNITED NATIONS
“Gross National Happiness” on UN agenda
Created by the government of Bhutan, the indicator is seen as an element to add to economics-based indicators of development and productivity. For Bhutanese prime minister, “Our endeavour will have to be to prove and convince that it is, in fact, relevant to every human being and for every country”.
13/01/2006 CHINA UNITED NATIONS
UN says Beijing should have informed the population of the Songhua toxic spill
The United Nations is urging China to plan its environmental disaster responses. Greater pollution is among the many causes of growing social protests, experts say. Without action it might undermine economic development and the domestic credibility of the Communist Party.
10/02/2009 CHINA - AFRICA
Hu Jintao begins first trip to Africa in the age of the global crisis
For years, China has been extending its economic ties with African countries, buying raw materials. Beijing loves to present itself as a friendly country, but is often accused of colonial exploitation. Now, in a period of crisis, competition with Western countries is diminishing.
17/05/2007 CHINA – AFRICA
China and Africa to develop together without neo-colonial relations
For the first time Beijing is concerned about Africa’s crises and the Darfur genocide. But trade remains its main focus. African states want to improve trade relations with China and Asia but do not want to be exploited.
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