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The Lao communists are not ashamed to show off their ill-gotten gains. After successfully sacking the country's foreign reserve, they invited the entire world to come and marvel over their wealth by naming 1999-2000 as the Visit Lao Year. The multimillion dollars houses, expensive cars, night clubs, and even a golf course in the outskirts of Vientiane have been completed. The world may now flock to see how comfortable the communists live in Lao. "Poverty is not that bad after all" seems to be the message they are sending to the world.