Chinese engineers pose after welding the first seamless rails for the China-Laos railway in Vientiane, Laos, June 18, 2020.
Kaikeo Saiyasane/Xinhua via Getty Images
Through its Belt and Road Initiative, China has become the world’s largest country-to-country lender. A new study shows that more than half of its loans threaten sensitive lands or Indigenous people.
Despite Nepal struggling with high case numbers, many people defied lockdown to attend the Rato Machindranath Jatra chariot festival in mid-May.
Low levels of immunity and high levels of mixing are a perfect setting for the next big outbreak.
Survivors of the dam disaster take refuge at a temporary shelter in Laos’s Attapeu province.
ABC Laos News/EPA
Images of the aftermath of the Xepian-Xe Nam Noy dam collapse in Laos went around the world. But many other dam projects harm locals and the environment in less visible ways.
While many of its Asian neighbours are striving to get smoking under control, Indonesia is the stubborn exception.
If the river islands are bombed away and if the riverscape is engineered into something more like a large artificial canal, then endangered species face extinction.
People use the Wawa River in the Philippines for many purposes.
Phoebelyn Gulunan, 2016
Community participation is vital to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. But at the moment it often comes too little, too late.
The proposed railway hasn’t got everyone in Laos excited.
LUONG THAI LINH/EPA
Despite impressive economic growth rates over the last decade, a third of Laos’s population still lives below the extreme poverty line of US$1.25 per day. Most of the extreme poor Laos are ethnic minorities…
How do you stop young Australians from participating in risky activities overseas?
Australians love to travel the world. In 2011 more than 7.5 million Australians (or more than one third of all Australians) travelled outside the country. Of course, most Australian travellers abroad have…