AMTI – In 2002, ASEAN and China signed the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) that promised to “enhance favourable conditions for a peaceful and durable solution of differences and disputes among countries concerned.” Unfortunately, thirteen years on, the claimant countries are no closer to a solution for any of the disputes, while coercive and other unilateral acts are steadily accumulating into serious tensions. What is needed now is a Code of Conduct (COC) that not only overcomes the DOC’s weaknesses but also addresses the new challenges that have arisen since 2002. Continue reading A fair and effective Code of Conduct for the South China Sea→
A transnational e-commerce floor for agro-product trade between Vietnam and China will benefit both sellers and buyers in the two countries, a Chinese trade official said at a recent workshop in Ho Chi Minh City.
The electronic platform will enable more Vietnamese fisheries and agricultural products to get access to the 1.36 billion-strong market more quickly and prevent trade fraud, said Li Zhenmin, commercial and economic counselor at the Chinese Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City.
cogitASIA – China’s campaign of overt territorial expansion in the South China Sea constitutes an increasingly urgent strategic challenge to the United States and its security partners in Southeast Asia. Absent effective countermeasures, the predictable future for the South China Sea will include China’s piecemeal seizure of additional territory and its further deployment of naval and air assets until it has de facto control of all the South China Sea within the “nine-dash line” demarcated on Chinese maps. International maritime passage through the South China Sea will be subject to Chinese regulation and approval. Continue reading An Operational South China Sea Strategy for the United States→
Facing the recent huge influxes of tourists, Hoi An’s authorities have decided to allow only 3,000 people to visit its Cu Lao Cham Islands every day, saying the biosphere recognized by UNESCO needs to be protected.
A number of tourist spots like Co To Island, Can Gio Biosphere Reserve and Mu Cang Chai mountainous commune are included in the list of restricted border areas. — File Photo
HA NOI (VNS) — Starting July 11, non-Vietnamese citizens will be required to obtain permits from the Immigration Management Office of the Ministry of Public Security to enter certain areas along the border.
While lowlands and canal systems are crucial for the drainage of Ho Chi Minh City, large areas of such land plots have been zoned for realty projects, whose developers do not hesitate to fill the waterways to serve construction.
The real estate developers, however, do not violate any laws in doing so as they have been allowed by local authorities to fill canals when obtaining the investment license.
Ambassador Ted Osius of the United States rides a bicycle yesterday in Ha Noi as part of a campaign calling on people to protect the rhino. Demand for rhino horns has decreased sharply a year after the campaign was launched, officials say. — VNA/VNS Photo Minh Son
HA NOI (VNS) — Rhino horn demand has decreased by 77 per cent in Ha Noi and 38 per cent across Viet Nam, more than a year after a campaign was launched to eliminate its use.
The numbers show the country’s determination to tackle the long-existing problem, said Nguyen Ba Ngai, deputy head of the Viet Nam Forestry Administration under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Develoment. Continue reading Rhino horn demand plunges→
Viet Nam would be able to profit from the EU’s successful experience in developing a renewable energy sector, Herceg said. — Illustrative image/ Photo VNA
HCM CITY (VNS) — The free trade agreement being negotiated between Viet Nam and the EU is expected to encourage businesses to reform and update technology, an important factor in promoting green growth in the country, according to the deputy chairman of the HCM City People’s Committee.
Tat Thanh Cang, speaking at a briefing organised by EuroCham and its Green Growth Sector yesterday in HCM City, said that Viet Nam should target green growth to ensure sustainable development.Continue reading EU FTA to unlock green-growth→
amti.csis – On June 16, 2015, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang announced that “as planned, the land reclamation project of China’s construction on some stationed islands and reefs of the Nansha (Spratly) Islands will be completed in the upcoming days.” He went on to note that after land reclamation on existing features was complete, China would continue to construct facilities on its new islands. As of June 17, AMTI assesses that two of China’s land reclamation projects are fully complete, three are nearly complete, and two are ongoing, with active land reclamation still taking place. The map below shows the current status of China’s Spratly building projects.
Although congressional authorization of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) is in limbo now, the House decided to take up the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) bill again by the end of Julyand kept the window of opportunity open. The TPA bill passed the House on June 12 but the TAA bill failed. Both are bundled as one package of a bill, and thus TAA needs to pass the House for the president to sign it. Once they are signed into law, the United States and Japan may conclude bilateral trade talks and that will lead to the conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. Joint participation in TPP presents a significant opportunity for both countries to assume a leadership role in shaping the rules and norms for trade in the Asia Pacific, but TPP is one step in a long process of regional economic integration that will unfold in the years to come. Continue reading TPP: An Important First Step in the Process of Asia-Pacific Economic Integration→