North Korean Defectors Find No Safety in China

China’s longstanding refusal to recognize North Korean refugees comes under new scrutiny in a New York Times Op-Doc video, “Escape from North Korea”. Ann Shin’s documentary reveals the perils that North...

Chinese Manhunt Shows Sway, or Softness

At The New York Times, Jane Perlez and Bree Feng revisit the international hunt for drug lord Naw Kham, who was executed in March for the 2011 murders of 13 Chinese sailors on the Mekong river. For China, the arrest was a...

Looking Back: Mekong River Murders

Reuters has published a special report detailing its investigation into the Mekong River murders of 13 Chinese sailors last October, an investigation which challenges the official account of the attack: The Thai military says...

China: Bad Neighbor?

In Firstpost, Zhu Feng of Peking University’s Center for International & Strategic Studies highlights recent events that have heightened friction between China and the Asia Pacific region and put “unprecedented...

High-Speed Rail in China: On the Wrong Track?

The Economist questions whether China’s massive expansion of high-speed rail is the best answer to pressures on its transport system: Detractors complain that high-speed rail is too expensive for the Zhang in the street....

China Farms the World to Feed a Ravenous Economy

Associated Press writer Denis Gray reports from Chaleunsouk, Laos: The rice fields that blanketed this remote mountain village for generations are gone. In their place rise neat rows of young rubber trees — their sap destined...

Laos Fears China’s Footprint

From AP: A high-rise Chinatown that is to go up by Laos’ laid-back capital has ignited fears that this nation’s giant northern neighbor is moving to engulf this nation. So alarmed are Laotians that the communist...

China, Laos to Enhance Ties (Updated)

Xinhua reports that China has signed seven additional agreements with Laos, its increasingly significant economic partner: China and Laos inked seven agreements Sunday opening the way for more cooperation on trade, investment...

China, Laos Sign Six Deals for Closer Ties – Xinhua

From Xinhua: China and Laos on Thursday signed six deals on cooperation in various fields in a bid to further boost their traditional friendship. The six deals involve cooperation in such fields as food safety, loans and aeroplane programs. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and visiting Laotian Prime Minister Bouasone Bouphavanh witnessed the signing ceremony following […]



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