Like other countries in southeast Asia, Laos has been living in the shadow of China's economic rise. But as Chinese costs rise, manufacturers are looking beyond the world's second-biggest economy. Laos is one of the countries that are hoping to tap into that need. What is the potential, and what are the pitfalls of this small country with big ambitions? A FRANCE 24 team travelled to Laos to find out.
By Johan Bodin, Markus Karlsson and Sonia de la Forterie