The Lao People's Democratic Republic made cautious progress during 2004. The socialist government does not tolerate dissent and there is continuing resistance by minorities, but generally, the year saw increased stability and greater confidence that the country is moving forward. Its economy continues to improve, albeit from a very low base. Some ambitious projects, particularly in hydroelectricity and mining, have commenced. The government is slowly building better international links within its region. However, the international community remains concerned about the lack of transparency in politics and administration, and Laos has not succeeded in normalizing trade relations with the United States.
Skip Nav Destination
Research Article| February 01 2005
Laos in 2004: Political Stability, Economic Opening
Asian Survey (2005) 45 (1): 161–165.
- Views Icon Views
- Share Icon Share
- Search Site
Dean Forbes, Cecile Cutler; Laos in 2004: Political Stability, Economic Opening. Asian Survey 1 February 2005; 45 (1): 161–165. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/as.2005.45.1.161
Download citation file: