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Major strides made by Vietnam on MDG agenda, but substantial unfinished business remains

By Youssouf Abdel-Jelil*, TNN

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 06:00

A Khmer ethnic woman, along with her children, in the Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh. Photo courtesy UNDP
A Khmer ethnic woman, along with her children, in the Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh. Photo courtesy UNDP

Nearly 15 years ago, the global community, including Vietnam, rallied behind eight goals in the hopes of building a better and more prosperous world. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set measurable targets and a 2015 deadline for achieving them. Continue reading Major strides made by Vietnam on MDG agenda, but substantial unfinished business remains

A fair and effective Code of Conduct for the South China Sea

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

Vietnamese firms unenthusiastic about FTA with South Korea

By Ngan Anh, TN News

HANOI – Friday, June 26, 2015 15:11

It is not easy for local seafood enterprises to expand their exports in the market because of the quota for Vietnamese shrimps which will be enjoying the tax exemption. Photo: Bloomberg
It is not easy for local seafood enterprises to expand their exports in the market because of the quota for Vietnamese shrimps which will be enjoying the tax exemption. Photo: Bloomberg

While the government hopes the free trade agreement with South Korea will bring benefits to Vietnam, businesses fear it will bring them more losses than gains.

The FTA signed last month is expected to boost Vietnam’s exports to Korea and more than double bilateral trade over the next five years, the government said. Continue reading Vietnamese firms unenthusiastic about FTA with South Korea

In Vietnam, unsustainable ‘modernization’ too much for sanitation services

TN News – Saturday, February 01, 2014 00:00

A polluted section of the Nhue River in Hanoi’s Ha Dong District. Experts have urged Vietnam to invest more in sanitation services to reduce pollution. Photo by Ha An

Urgent actions needed to improve the situation, according to the World Bank

Huynh Thanh Long said he and his neighbors close all their doors and windows whenever they are at home but that doesn’t keep the awful stink from the Ba Bo Canal out of the house.

“Pollution often forms a thick layer of foam on the surface of the flowing water,” said the resident of Ho Chi Minh City’s Thu Duc District. Continue reading In Vietnam, unsustainable ‘modernization’ too much for sanitation services

Vietnam, China should establish transnational e-commerce floor for agro-products: official

THOAI TRAN/TTN – UPDATED : 06/28/2015 16:45 GMT + 7

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.

“We should take advantage of the Internet to provide more transparent market information for the enterprises of the two nations,” Li said at the “Enhance Business Cooperation and Boost Exports to the Chinese Market” workshop held Friday by the Ho Chi Minh City branch of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Continue reading Vietnam, China should establish transnational e-commerce floor for agro-products: official

Mekong Delta is losing thousands of acres of land to erosion

By Tien Trinh, TNNCAN THO – Sunday, June 28, 2015 11:21

Part of the coastline in Dong Thap Province in the Mekong Delta is threatened by the sea. Photo: Tien Trinh Part of the coastline in Dong Thap Province in the Mekong Delta is threatened by the sea. Photo: Tien Trinh

The Mekong Delta, Vietnam’s biggest farming region, is losing 500 hectares (1,235 acres) of land to erosion every year as land accretion fails to make up for areas being washed away, new evidence suggested. Continue reading Mekong Delta is losing thousands of acres of land to erosion

An Operational South China Sea Strategy for the United States

By Marvin Ott • June 24, 2015

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer U.S.S. Fitzgerald transits the South China Sea on the evening of April 17, 2015. Source: USNavy's flickr photostream, U.S. Government Work.

 – 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

Vietnam’s ancient town to limit number of visitors to popular islands to preserve biosphere

By Hua Xuyen Huynh, TNN

HOI AN – Thursday, June 25, 2015 18:42


Tourists on Cu Lao Cham, Hoi An. Photo: C.T.V

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.

The new rule is slated to take effect on July 1. Continue reading Vietnam’s ancient town to limit number of visitors to popular islands to preserve biosphere

Foreigners need border permits

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.

The new requirement is mentioned in a recent regulatory circular covering border region operations. Continue reading Foreigners need border permits

Filling canals to develop projects raises environmental concerns in Ho Chi Minh City

TTN -UPDATED : 06/22/2015 14:41 GMT + 7

A man rows his boat on Ca Cam Canal, with buildings of the Riviera Point project seen in the background, in Ho Chi Minh City. Tuoi Tre

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.

In some projects, the developers are required to create lakes for water moderation to prevent flooding in case of heavy downpours, but not all businesses comply with the requirement. Continue reading Filling canals to develop projects raises environmental concerns in Ho Chi Minh City

Rhino horn demand plunges


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

EU FTA to unlock green-growth

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

Diplomacy changes, construction continues: New images of Mischief and Subi Reefs

June 18, 2015

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.

Continue reading Diplomacy changes, construction continues: New images of Mischief and Subi Reefs

TPP: An Important First Step in the Process of Asia-Pacific Economic Integration

 • June 17, 2015

By Shinichi Isobe

Source: CSIS External Relations.

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

Massive island-building and international law

June 15, 2015

AMTI. CSIS – Within the short span of a year, China’s rapid construction of artificial islands in the disputed Spratlys has radically changed the geographical and security landscapes in the South China Sea.

This island construction has so far created over eight million square metres of real estate in the open sea, outstripping other countries’ reclamation activities by far, and shows no sign of abating. Hundreds of millions of tons of sand and coral have been dredged from the seabed and dumped atop fragile coral reefs that are vital components of the maritime ecology. Marine experts expect that the work has already caused disastrous and essentially irreversible environmental impacts. Continue reading Massive island-building and international law

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