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Countries Have $385 Billion In ‘Hidden Debts’ To China, Study Finds

A new study found under-reported debts of at least $385 billion owed by different countries to China in the past two decades, and that one-third of projects under the Belt and Road Initiative have run into major implementation problems. The hidden debts, which slipped through the ...

Reported by BenarNews, an RFA-affiliated online news service.

After Long Delay, Indonesia Repatriates 200 Vietnamese Held for Illegal Fishing

Indonesia this week repatriated 200 Vietnamese fishermen who languished at immigration detention centers for months amid the coronavirus pandemic after local authorities confiscated their boats on suspicion of poaching in Indonesian waters, officials said Wednesday. Another 216 fishermen from Vietnam will be sent home in October, ...

Reported by BenarNews, an RFA-affiliated online news service.

Lao Villagers Displaced by Xayaburi Dam Still Lack Farmland, Water

Lao villagers displaced by construction of the Xayaburi Dam, a hydropower project on the Mekong River in northwestern Laos, are struggling to survive in resettlement towns three years after being moved, saying  they lack sufficient farmland and water to support themselves, Lao sources say. Construction began ...

Reported by RFA’s Lao Service. Translated by Max Avary. Written in English by Richard Finney.

Myanmar Citizens Voice Support For Uprising Against Junta Despite Risks

Many people in Myanmar support the National Unity Government’s (NUG) declaration of war against the military junta despite the threat of added instability and inflation, sources in the country said Wednesday, a day after the shadow government leadership announced the move. The call to arms and ...

Reported by RFA’s Myanmar Service. Translated by Khin Maung Nyane. Written in English by Joshua Lipes.

Laos Pushes Ahead With Large Dam Projects, Despite Uncertainty of Power Purchases

The Lao government is pushing ahead with more hydroelectric dams despite uncertainty about Thailand’s willingness to purchase the electricity they generate, Lao officials and others with knowledge of the situation said. Laos has 78 dams in operation and has signed memorandums of understanding for 246 other ...

Reported and translated by RFA’s Lao Service. Written in English by Roseanne Gerin.

Vietnamese Facebook User Fined for ‘Fake News’ as Criticism Grows of Government’s Handling of Pandemic

Police in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City have fined a local Facebook user for saying that local government has neglected city residents and let them go hungry amid lockdowns aimed at controlling the spread of COVID-19, sources said. Nguyen Thuy Duong was fined VND 5 million ...

RFA’s Vietnamese Service. Translated by Anna Vu. Written in English by Richard Finney

Vietnam Punishes Critics of Government’s COVID-19 Response

Authorities in Vietnam have arrested a Facebook user for posting mild criticism of government COVID-19 policies, while a university fired a lecturer after a student shared on her comments faulting Hanoi’s pandemic response on the social media platform. The Tien Giang People’s Procuracy announced Tuesday that ...

RFA’s Vietnamese Service. Translated by Viet Ha. Written in English by Eugene Whong.

COVID-19 Drives New Surge in Trafficking of Women From Laos to China

Economic hardship in Lao villages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is driving a new surge in the trafficking to China of Lao women and girls desperate to find jobs, police and other sources in the Southeast Asian country say. “Right now, our police department is working ...

Reported by RFA’s Lao Service. Translated by Max Avary. Written in English by Richard Finney.

UN Calls for End to ‘Punitive Measures’ Used Against Cambodian Environmental Activists

United Nations human rights and environmental officials called on Wednesday for an end to Cambodian authorities’ use of “punitive measures” against protectors of the country’s environment, following the arrests this month of four young environmental activists. The four activists, members of the Cambodian environmental protection group ...

Reported by RFA’s Khmer Service. Translated by Sok Ry Sum. Written in English by Richard Finney.

Japan Shifts Toward Clean Energy in Southeast Asia as China Stokes up Coal

Japan has launched a $10 billion fund to promote clean energy in Southeast Asia, amid growing signs that the world’s third-largest economy is shifting away from the investments in coal-fired power generation still heavily promoted by its key strategic rival for regional influence – China. The Asia ...

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