Mekong Region Grows More Important to China-US Relations

Amid increasingly tense China-U.S. relations, a U.S. official alluded to China but did not specifically name China regarding risks and challenges imposed by approaches to dam building and cross-border riverine…

Thailand Gears up for 34th ASEAN Summit

BANGKOK, Thailand is gearing up for the 34th ASEAN Summit and related meetings in Bangkok where leaders of the 10 ASEAN countries will be gathering from Friday to Sunday. As…

Lao-Polish Political Prisoner Released From Jail After Serving Four-Year Term

A Polish citizen of Lao heritage jailed in Laos in 2015 for criticizing the government on social media has been released by authorities in the Southeast Asian nation and returned…

Thai Police Helped Vietnam Abduct RFA Blogger: Rights Group

Thai police helped Vietnamese police abduct a dissident blogger seeking asylum in Thailand and return him to custody in Hanoi, revealing a pattern of cooperation between security services in the…

Vietnam, Cambodia Fall in Rank in Annual US Human Trafficking Report

The U.S. State Department downgraded Vietnam and Cambodia to its next-to-lowest ranking in an annual report on human trafficking released today, pointing to what it called both countries’ continuing failure…

Rohingya Groups Say ASEAN Must Not Endorse Myanmar’s Whitewash of Brutal Campaign

Nearly two dozen Rohingya and civil society groups on Thursday called for leaders and representatives from member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to work towards a…

Villagers Brace For Resettlement Amid Signs Laos Wants to Build Another Mainstream Mekong Dam

Bufflaloes wallow in the shallows of the Mekong River, where farming villages cling to sandy banks and the occasional boat chugs against the current, carrying goods and passengers from the…

ASEAN Urged to Adopt Full Ban on Plastic Waste Imports

BANGKOK – Environmental activists from across Southeast Asia are urging their governments to present a united front ahead of a major summit in Bangkok against a surge of plastic and…