Villagers facing displacement say they fear they will be inadequately compensated.
Villagers fear destruction of Vang Vieng's natural beauty, loss of their land, and China's growing reach.
They had wanted to hold ceremonies deemed by local authorities to violate Lao cultural traditions.
They are forced out of their village in spite of a national law protecting Christians’ rights to practice and preach their religion.
20 Facebook pages have registered under a policy that some Laos support and others are wary about.
Zhao Wei, a Chinese national, was sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury in 2018 as the head of a trafficking network.
Rights groups welcome release of ‘Thitsy,’ urge Vientiane to respect the rights of dissenters.
Lao representative dismissed concerns, commended “overwhelming positive feedback.”
Bridge is part of Lao-China Railway, a key component of China’s Belt and Road Initiative.
The law passed last year allows Christian churches to worship and preach, freedoms often denied in rural areas.
Holdouts rejected initial offer in March 2019, accept higher amount 17 months later.
Houayheuang Xayabouly, 30, also called Mouay, has been jailed for five years for criticizing the government’s handling of floods in a Facebook post.
Described by Laos as 'a gift,' the station is launched amid concerns over China's growing influence over its weaker neighbor.
Three years after company co-owners were jailed, no progress has been made on returning investors' funds.
Critics say the joint power grid company could represent a Chinese takeover.
Cooperation aims to spread warning system data more quickly.
Sangkhane Phachanthavong is being questioned for links to “an anti-government group” after airing complaints on Facebook.
Casino job-hunters from China, Myanmar, and Vietnam cross at remote, lightly guarded outposts.