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Kunming to invest in public electric car fleet

Kunming to invest in public electric car fleet


The Kunming municipal government is moving toward the acquisition of all-electric cars that will be made publicly available by year's end. Once delivered, the vehicles would become the centerpiece of a public transportation initiative designed to reduce general traffic congestion ...

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Regional round-up for week of 7.12.15

Regional round-up for week of 7.12.15


Giant steps for the future of US-Vietnam relations this week, as Vietnam's Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong paid a historic visit to Washington and discussed Agent Orange cleanup, the TPP, and military relations with President Obama.  It was ...

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Thailand deports Uyghur refugees to China, despite protests

Thailand deports Uyghur refugees to China, despite protests


After more than a year of waiting, almost 300 ethnic Uyghurs are leaving Thailand. On July 1, a group of 173 Uyghur refugees, mostly women and children, left Thailand for Turkey. A week later, another 109 Uyghurs were deported back ...

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All aboard: Kunming-Vientiane Railway inches forward

All aboard: Kunming-Vientiane Railway inches forward


Although a bit trite with repetition, no saying better encapsulates the major obstacle facing Laos than "geography is destiny". The only landlocked country in Southeast Asia, Laos is wedged between the vast rivers and expansive mountain ranges that demarcate its ...

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A rubber tree plantation in Thailand. Image used under Wikimedia Commons.

New Research: Rubber Expansion Threatens Biodiversity and Livelihoods


Increasing amounts of environmentally valuable and protected land are being cleared for rubber plantations that are economically unsustainable, new research suggests. More widespread monitoring is vital to design policy that protects livelihoods and environments. The research was recently published in Global ...

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MNDAA soldiers in Kokang. AFP image, February 13, 2015

Kokang conflict reveals ethnic strife unlikely to end after cease fire


Many things in Myanmar are changing - the economy, the government, infrastructure. Others, like violent ethnic conflict, seem destined to stay the same. For the past three months, the government of Myanmar has been fighting the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance ...

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