Concerns in Lao, lessons from Sihanoukville

Recent reports have revealed that villagers in the remote Lao settlement of Huaiyae in the scenic Vang Vieng region north of Vientiane have expressed concern about the possibility of losing their land to a Chinese development project.

Meanwhile, Vientiane provincial authorities have confirmed there is a Chinese firm looking to develop the Vang Vieng district where Huaiyae sits, but they say that land belonging to locals won’t be touched. Villagers, however, remain sceptical.

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