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Laos Introduction - 2005
SOURCE: 2005 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK
Laos was under the control of Siam (Thailand) from the late 18th century until the late 19th century when it became part of French Indochina. The Franco-Siamese Treaty of 1907 defined the current Lao border with Thailand. In 1975, the Communist Pathet Lao took control of the government, ending a six-century-old monarchy. Initial closer ties to Vietnam and socialization were replaced with a gradual return to private enterprise, a liberalization of foreign investment laws, and the admission into ASEAN in 1997.
NOTE: The information regarding Laos on this page is re-published from the 2005 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Laos Introduction 2005 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Laos Introduction 2005 should be addressed to the CIA.