The Lao People's Democratic Republic celebrated its 30th birthday in 2005. The government is stable, although dissent is still repressed, and minorities express persistent concerns about their treatment. The economy shows consistent growth amid a policy of relaxation, and investors are looking at Laos with greater interest. Trade links with the U.S. have also improved. Poverty remains a serious issue but is slowly declining.
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Research Article| February 01 2006
Laos in 2005: 30 Years of the People's Democratic Republic
Asian Survey (2006) 46 (1): 175–179.
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Dean Forbes, Cecile Cutler; Laos in 2005: 30 Years of the People's Democratic Republic. Asian Survey 1 February 2006; 46 (1): 175–179. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/as.2006.46.1.175
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