Case Study: Chiang Khong Special Economic Zone

Chiang Khong SEZ is a district of the Chiang Rai SEZ, all of which is located about 785 km north of Bangkok.1 This SEZ was developed here, a logistical business center for trade, to make it easier for goods to flow from China to Laos.2 It was ...

Regional Human Rights Mechanisms and Special Economic Zones

Introduction The Chinese government has accepted three recommendations (made by Ecuador, Peru, and Kenya) to address the human rights and environmental impacts of overseas Chinese investment and infrastructure projects. This signals a shift in the way that China has been approaching the human rights and environmental ...

SEZs, Infrastructure Development, and Official Development Aid

Infrastructure Connects SEZs SEZs need infrastructure to connect with neighbouring countries, improve quality of life, and promote trade and investment.1 Both soft and hard infrastructure is needed. Soft infrastructure includes institutional components such as education, healthcare and human capital, whereas hard infrastructure is the physical ones such ...

Special Economic Zones in Context

Since the establishment of the Shenzhen SEZ in China during the 1980s, Special Economic Zones (SEZs) as a development model have grown in popularity in Asia, alongside official development aid. SEZs have been promoted as being a resilient form of economic development, with the potential ...


The ownership and control of land is of critical importance to understanding the Mekong region and its development. A majority of the population is primarily engaged in agriculture, so land is the basis of both residence and livelihood. The five nations encompass a total land ...

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