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Lao Leaders Luxury Cars on Display, Awaiting Auction Next Week

Lao Leaders Luxury Cars to be Auctioned Next Week

Many Lao leaders have now forgone their expensive cars and luxury vehicles as part of a push for promotion of frugality.  

Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has quickly gained regional notoriety for his unprecedented move to reclaim luxury vehicles from Party and government leaders. Although the modest PM even states …

Laos and Cambodia to Build Friendship Bridge Across Xelamphao River

Laos and Cambodia Bridge

Laos and Cambodia are to build a bridge crossing the Xelamphao River, connecting Champasack, Laos with Preah Vihear Province, Cambodia.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Saleumxay Kommasith met with his Cambodian counterpart, Prak Sokhonn, yesterday, confirming the location of the bridge.

According to the Khmer Times, both countries had initially agreed …

Laos and Australia Celebrate 65 Years of Diplomatic Relations

Laos and Australia 65 years

Laos and Australia celebrated 65 years of diplomatic relations on Thursday at the Australian Embassy in Vientiane Capital.

The close ties between Laos and Australia, and between the peoples of the two countries, are the supporting pillars of cooperation between the two nations.

Lao Minister of Foreign Affairs Saleumxay Kommasith

Laos Helps Thailand Suppress Anti-Regime Groups

Lao and Thai Defense Ministers (from Bangkok Post)

Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Prawit Wongsuwon said Wednesday the Thai government is in talks with Laos regarding collaboration on suppressing Thai political groups exploiting Laos as their base to launch activities against the Thai government.

Speaking after talks with Lao Defense Minister Lt Gen Chansamone Chayalath, Gen Prawit …

An Interview with Thongloun Sisoulith, Prime Minister of Laos

Prime Minister of Laos Thongloun Sisoulith

A senior news reporter from Thailand, Mr Suthichai Yoon, released a frank and interesting video interview with Dr Thongloun Sisoulith, Prime Minister of Laos. In this friendly exchange, the Lao prime minister opened up about managing a country, and the direction of the Lao government. In the most interesting part, …

The Trump Presidency And Its Implications for Laos

The Trump era has begun.  What does this mean for the famed Pivot to Asia? Could this turn the tide on US relations? And just what does Trump mean for Laos (apart from hiring a Laotian-American designer to redecorate the White House)? 

The United States and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic …

Lao Leaders’ Luxury Cars to be Auctioned Next Month

Lao Leaders Luxury Cars

Lao leaders’ luxury cars are expected to be auctioned next month.

The first auction will see bidding on six BMW 7 Series vehicles, and five Mercedes-Benz cars that were driven by Lao leaders.

Party and government leaders have agreed to forgo luxury vehicles as part of a new strategy to

Deputy Prime Minister to Stamp Out Corruption in Laos

Corruption in Laos

While corruption in Laos remains problematic, the Deputy Prime Minister has made it his mission to stamp it out, and raise public awareness of the issue.

Deputy Prime Minister and Head of the Party and Government Inspection Authority and Anti-Corruption Organization, Dr Bounthong Chitmany, says the issue must be raised …