CSOs cheer coal, hydro ban

In a joint statement on November 15, the CSOs said the government’s commitment to banning construction of any new Mekong River dams was a positive development that would make a crucial contribution to addressing the increasing concerns over the current negative alterations of the Mekong River and its ecosystem’s sustainability.

Indo-Pacific Strategy and China’s BRI to complement regional prosperity

Under the umbrella of its Indo-Pacific Strategy, he added the US is guiding its alliances to contain or encircle China. For its part, China has deepened engagement with the ASEAN states through the BRI, the establishment of the Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank (AIIB), and the creation of the Mekong-Lancang Cooperation Mechanism and so on and so forth”, said Kin Phea, International Relations Institute of Cambodia director-general.

China-based firm’s plans to build Buddha statue in Mahayana tradition in Laos sparks anger among Theravada Buddhists

The Shanghai-based company, Wang Feng Shanghai Real Estate Co. is eying to establish the supposed statute near the Special Economic Zones (SEZ) in Vientiane, reported The Hong Kong Post. The idea of building a Buddha statute from Mahayana tradition, against the accepted Theravada tradition in Laos has evidently sparked rage among the people.