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.

Laos, UN agree to boost sustainable development cooperation

The government and the United Nations on Tuesday signed the 2022-2026 Lao PDR-UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF), highlighting the importance of Laos-UN cooperation to achieve Laos’ development priorities.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Saleumxay Kommasith represented the government to sign the UNSDCF with UN Resident Coordinator to Laos Ms Sara Sekkenes in Vientiane.