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Laos agrees to consult with neighbors on Don Sahong dam project

Laos has announced that it will submit the proposed Don Sahong dam on the Mekong River for “prior consultation” within a regional mechanism but will not suspend development of the controversial project that has been criticized by its neighbors and environmentalists. Previously, Laos has refused to comply with a ...

Chinese dam builder in Myanmar cuts food aid to protest-backing families

China Power Investment Corporation (CPI), builder of the controversial Myitsone Dam in Myanmar’s Kachin State, has cut off food assistance to at least two families—among hundreds displaced by the project—after they backed protests against the dam. The two families were from Aungmyinthar village, one of two ...

China's alleged ban on Vietnamese contracts irrelevant: transport minister

In response to reports that China has prohibited state-owned companies from bidding on public projects in Vietnam, Transport Minister Dinh La Thang said the ban, if true, will have no effect on Vietnam. Thang, speaking to press on the sidelines of the National Assembly meeting, said that many Vietnamese ...

Dam building slows in Southeast Asia

Hydropower dams in parts of Southeast Asia are being canceled or suspended as governments face stronger opposition, forcing them to take greater responsibility for environmental and social impact or look to other sources of energy. The resistance, in a region where vast hydropower potential remains untapped, ...

Jake Maxwell Watts
http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303448204579340180863634044?mod=googlenews_wsj

Japan's ODA serves as "investment in future" for ASEAN: white paper

Japan’s official development assistance to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations has been an effective “investment in the future” for the 10-nation region and Japan, bolstering development and prosperity for both parties, according to a government paper released Friday. The ODA White Paper for 2013 calls ...

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/140220/japans-oda-serves-investment-future-asean-white-paper

Stepping up the fight against drug-resistant malaria in SE Asia

Efforts are being scaled up to stem a further spread of drug-resistant malaria in Southeast Asia. “The emergence of resistance threatens worldwide malaria control and treatment since there is no alternative to this drug if its efficacy decreases further and the resistance spreads outside the ...

http://www.irinnews.org/report/99673/stepping-up-the-fight-against-drug-resistant-malaria-in-se-asia

Rice tumbling as Thailand’s unpaid farmers urge reserve sale

Thailand, once the world’s biggest exporter, is short of funds to help growers under Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s 2011 program to buy the crop at above-market rates. After the government built record stockpiles big enough to meet about a third of global import demand, exports ...

Supunnabul Suwannakij and Chanyaporn Chanjaroen
http://www.businessweek.com/news/2014-02-11/rice-tumbling-as-thailand-s-unpaid-farmers-demand-stockpile-sale

China just became the biggest investor in Laos, and Laos’s neighbors are worried

Land-locked Laos is one of the poorest countries in the world, but it has one thing in abundance: access to the massive Mekong River. The country’s hydropower potential has earned it the nickname “the Battery of Asia” and made it a magnet for investment from ...

Adam Pasick
http://qz.com/172350/china-just-became-the-biggest-investor-in-laos-and-laoss-neighbors-are-worried/

Jailed Myanmar fishermen arrive home from India

More than 120 Myanmar fishermen arrested by the Indian navy for illegally plying India’s waters were returned to Myanmar last week, a government official said. U Aung Kyaw, deputy director of the Department of Relief and Resettlement, said on 10 July that the return of the ...

Exclusive: Myanmar drafts new foreign investment rules

Foreigners will no longer need a local partner to set up businesses in Myanmar and may be granted a five-year tax holiday from the start of commercial operations, according to the draft of a new investment law obtained by Reuters.  Keep reading ...

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