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Regional Roundup for Week of 8.17.2018

Regional Roundup for Week of 8.17.2018


Hun Sen’s 33-Year Rule of Cambodia: This week Hun Sen cemented his complete control over Cambodia when the National Election Committee announced that his Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) won all 125 seats in the Cambodian National Assembly in the recent "election". ...

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Solar powered photovoltaic cells are assembled by workers at a factory in Dezhou, Shandong province (Image: ​Greenpeace/Alex Hofford)

China's solar industry is at a crossroads


This article is republished from chinadialogue. Generous subsidies have been slashed or removed to rein in rampant growth. Liu Bin examines the changes China’s solar manufacturers are unhappy with recent government policy changes that have put a brake on the sector. “We’ve already halted work on ...

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Regional Roundup for Week of 8.9.2018

Regional Roundup for Week of 8.9.2018


On This Day in Southeast Asian History: On August 10, 1960 (August 9, in the US) Laotian neutralist army captain Kong Le mounted a successful coup against the American backed right wing government dominated by General Phoumi Nosovan. His goal was ...

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As eastern China sizzles, Yunnan beset by too much rain

As eastern China sizzles, Yunnan beset by too much rain


Summer rains are once again causing serious problems in Yunnan. Large swathes of the province have been pounded by incessant storms for more than a week, causing dangerous flooding and landslides. Heavy rainfall is expected to continue throughout the week, and those ...

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A stop light for Lao hydropower is a chance to make a right turn towards renewables


On August 7, the government of Laos officially suspended consideration of all new dams in order to review its hydropower strategy in response to the safety vulnerabilities exposed by the tragic collapse of the Xepian Xe Namnoy Dam in Laos ...

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Moratorium on new Mekong dams in Laos provides window of opportunity

Moratorium on new Mekong dams in Laos provides window of opportunity


The July 23 dam collapse in southern Laos marks a turning point that squarely exposed the vulnerabilities of Laos's current plans to become the "Battery of Southeast Asia" to the Lao government’s upper leadership. At least 34 people died in ...

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