Among Thailand's neighbours, Laos is the country with which Thai people feel the strongest affinity. Not only do we share a common border, but we also share a common language and culture.
So it is safe to say that whatever Laos does to improve the well-being of its country and people, most Thais will cheer and wish them luck.
I am one of those who wish nothing but the best for Laos and its people. But now I'm looking on with trepidation as the country prepares to become "the battery of Southeast Asia".
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