December 2004
Asia Monitor: South East Asia Monitor Volume 1;Dec2004, Vol. 15 Issue 12, p7
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The article reports that Vietnamese border guards opened fire on a group of Laotians in September 2004, who were reportedly trying to cross into Vietnam illegally. According to press reports, the group were Hmong rebels opposed to the Lao government who were seeking to buy food in Vietnam. If true, this highlights the extent to which Vietnam fully supports the Lao government in its efforts to defeat Hmong opposition. Laos's short-term political rating remains on 75.0, despite the ongoing troubles with the Hmong minority rebels. The Lao currency, the kip, was trading at around K10, 880/U.S. $ in early November, down by around 1.5% since early July and almost 4.0% since the start of the year.


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