tirsdag 10. november 2020

Laos Takes Down Chinese Decorations in the Capital Following Citizen Complaints

Authorities in the Lao capital Vientiane have removed Chinese decorations hung on lampposts across the city, following a storm of complaints on social media from Lao citizens concerned over China’s growing influence in the country, sources in Laos say. The decorations made to look like traditional Chinese lanterns were put up as part of a city improvement project funded by a Chinese government loan in 2018, with the work completed this year, an official of the Energy and Mines Department in Vientiane told RFA.

“We had a plan to beautify the streets of the city but had no money to carry it out,” the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. “So we proposed our plan to the Chinese government, which approved a grant for the installation of the lamps, posts, and decorations, and the installation was finished this year,” he said.