Category Archives: Politics


Spotlight: Belt and Road Initiative Broadens Prospect For China-Laos Cooperation


VIENTIANE — Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Wednesday called for concerted efforts between China and ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) member states to push forward the Belt and Road initiative at the 19th China-ASEAN summit and the summit to commemorate the 25th anniversary of China-ASEAN dialogue relations.…

Laos: A Remote Battleground For North And South Korea


North Korea and South Korea maintain strict separation most everywhere in the world. Yet oddly, one of the few places they intersect is Laos, the small, communist nation that’s long had ties with the North and now has growing links with the South.

“As strange as it sounds, Laos is …

In Laos, Obama Bashes Trump For Being An Isolationist


President Obama and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte met informally Wednesday night before a gala dinner at a summit in Laos, breaking the ice a bit after Mr. Duterte called him a “son of a bitch.”

Their brief meeting took place in a holding room before the dinner, Philippine officials told …

Obama Pays Tribute to Victims of U.S. Bombings During the ‘Secret War’ in Laos


Eight-year-old Thoummy Silamphan wanted bamboo shoots for his family’s soup, so he went into a field near his village, spotted some good ones and started digging in the soil with his hands.

What he also found that day 20 years ago was an American bomb left over from the Vietnam …

Laos Holds 8th Mekong-Japan Summit

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe(R) and Laos' Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith(L) shake hands prior to the their meeting in Nagoya, in central Japan on May 28, 2016. 
Sisoulith is in Japan to attend the G-7 Ise-Shima summit outreach session. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Eugene Hoshiko

The Lao PDR was honored to host the 8th Mekong-Japan Summit in Vientiane Capital on Sept 7 under the co-chairs of Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe.…

Aiming for closer ties to Laos, Obama honors its culture

U.S. President Barack Obama pauses in the Ho Raj Rod, or Carriage House, as he tours the Wat Xieng Thong Buddhist Temple in Luang Prabang, Laos, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

LUANG PRABANG, Laos — Aiming to cement closer ties to Laos and its people, President Barack Obama toured a Buddhist temple Wednesday and paid tribute to Lao culture after pledging the U.S. would fulfill its “profound moral and humanitarian obligation” to clean up millions of unexploded bombs.

Obama’s Announcement in Laos Puts Spotlight on US Cluster-Bomb Use


President Barack Obama’s historic visit to Laos this week has put a spotlight on the United States’ role in the use of cluster bombs, a particularly devastating weapon known for its indiscriminate harm, and comes at a time when there have been increased calls for the U.S. to join an …

The Latest: Obama Touring Buddhist Temple In Luang Prabang


VIENTIANE, Laos — The Latest on President Barack Obama’s historic visit to Laos (all times local):

12:40 p.m.

President Barack Obama is touring a Buddhist temple that’s an important symbol of Lao heritage and culture.

His first stop was a carriage house at the Wat Xieng Thong temple in Luang …