» 12/08/2012, 00.00
VIETNAM - ASIA
Transparency International: corruption up in Vietnam, Laos and China
The 2012 Corruption Perceptions Index report indicates all three nations are worse off this year. In Vietnam, uncertainty prevails amid scandals and bad management. North Korea continues to be at the bottom of the ranking. Myanmar and Cambodia are still in negative territory but have improved a bit.
27/03/2010 LAOS - UNITED STATES
Washington looks to Laos to contain China’s expansion
The small Asian nation central to the interests of the two superpowers. The United States intends to strengthen development programs in environmental, humanitarian, commercial and military sectors. Chinese dams on the Mekong threaten the ecosystem of the entire South-East Asia.
Laotian farmers defy police and Chinese companies in defense of disputed land
Dispute over thousand hectares of rice fields in the northern province of Bokeo. Singled out to become an airport as part of a development plan that will lead to the creation of a reserved area for gambling. Farmers defend the land, the only source of wealth and claim compensation offered to date is derisory.
20/10/2010 LAOS – VIETNAM – CHINA
Calls for a moratorium on Mekong dam building that destroy environment and people
Laos and Cambodia are planning to build dams to generate electrical power for sale. China, which already has four big dams upstream, is accused of taking too much water. The river’s ecosystems and the lives of 65 million people are at risk. Vietnam and Thailand are not against a US role in the matter.
01/10/2016 15:38:00 LAOS - CHINA
Vientiane declares war on timber smugglers, but corruption rampant
Total ban on timber exports: the country is unable to cover the domestic needs. In two decades, Chinese and Vietnamese smugglers have reduced the Laotian forests by almost half. Local truck driver: "With the closing of the largest customs, traffickers use other methods with the help of corrupt government".
To continue growth, China refuses to reevaluate the yuan
According to official data industrial profits are recovering. Premier Wen says now necessary to contain inflation, especially in real estate, and that a "stable" Yuan is beneficial for the world economy. Meanwhile, the government can not even contain corruption.
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