Nikkei Asian Review

Laos' hydropower ambitions threaten Mekong fishing villages

The tiny Southeast Asian nation of Laos champions itself as “the battery of Southeast Asia,” exporting hydroelectricity to its neighbors as it seeks to exit the ranks of least developed countries. Keep reading ...

Laos dam builders under scrutiny for rushing project

The Thai and South Korean investors in the hydropower dam in southern Laos that collapsed last month, killing dozens and washing away the homes of thousands, are coming under increasing pressure to take responsibility for the disaster.  Keep reading ...

Thailand scraps new economic zones and plans regional linkups

The Thai government is revamping its special economic zone strategy and pushing for links with those in neighboring countries, hoping to improve access within the region and secure tariff-free entrance for its goods into the European Union. Keep reading   ...

Rethink plans to dam Mekong after Laos disaster

The collapse of the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy dam after heavy rains last month that killed more than 30 in Laos and left thousands of Lao and Cambodian people homeless is reigniting an urgent debate about preventing similar tragedies in future. Keep reading   ...

Cambodians wary as Chinese investment transforms their country

As boom-mounted cameras swept the horizon, a drone hovered above more than 50,000 party faithful who had begun streaming noisily through the Cambodian capital well before dawn, dressed in white shirts and caps, and waving blue flags. Keep reading ...

Southeast Asia`s foreign debt spirals

Six Southeast Asian countries, led by Laos, have much higher external debt levels than the developing world average, sparking concern that the region may be heading for a debt crisis. Keep reading   ...

Myanmar will ask China to downsize project, minister says

Myanmar will seek to reduce the scale of a China-led special economic zone project in its western state of Rakhine, Planning and Finance Minister Soe Win said in an exclusive interview.  Keep reading ...

Mekong nations get started on their own infrastructure fund

Five nations that share the Mekong River on Saturday adopted a five-year master development plan, vowing to upgrade roads, power grids and other pieces of infrastructure that connect and strengthen the region. Keep reading   ...

Thailand plans regional infrastructure fund to reduce China dependence

Thailand is taking the lead in creating a regional fund with its neighbors, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam, to back infrastructure and other development projects and to lessen reliance on Chinese investment. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha is expected to propose the idea to the leaders of ...

Southeast Asia taps AI and satellites to tackle traffic jams

Emerging economies in Asia are turning to the “internet of things,” artificial intelligence and satellites to alleviate their cities’ traffic jams. Keep reading ...

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