Daily English Discussion–Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Hi everyone,

Here is the news for today.
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Government urges China to quit VN waters

Ha Noi — The foreign ministry has called the Chinese embassy in Ha Noi urging China to cease operations at sea that interfere with Vietnamese fishermen.

“The Chinese side has recently enforced an order to ban fishing in a number of areas, including some in the East Sea under Viet Nam’s sovereignty, and has increased patrols to seize fishing vessels operating in those areas,” ministry spokesman Le Dung told reporters in Ha Noi yesterday.

On Thursday, deputy foreign minister Ho Xuan Son contacted Chinese Ambassador to Viet Nam Sun Quoqiang about the situation which, he said, has been interfering with the normal activities of Vietnamese fishermen in their traditional fishing fields.

Dung said that Son told the Chinese ambassador that “this has caused indignation among the public, bringing no benefit to bilateral relations,” and he requested the Chinese side stop operations that prevent Vietnamese fishermen from going about their daily business in marine areas under Vietnamese sovereignty.

The Chinese ambassador promised to report Viet Nam’s concerns to his country’s leadership, Dung said. — VNS

What should we say to our big brother? Let’s talk? Let’s go to court?
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Mekong residents donate land to build new schools

(08-06-2009)

CA MAU — More than 40 families in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Ca Mau have donated nearly 100,000sq. m of land to build schools in Cai Nuoc District.

The donations will be used for schools and teacher housing.

Over the last 10 years, 49 families in the province’s U Minh District have donated about 82,000sq.m of land for the public service.

Local resident Cao Thuan Phong donated 12,000sq.m of his family farm to build Khanh Lam High School.

Nguyen Van Viet, a poor farmer in the Cuu Long Delta province of Vinh Long, has offered 303.8 sq. m of land to build a clean water supply station and the station’s 40 metre entrance road. — VNS

Wow! This is so wonderful. What do we say to that?
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TODAY’S CHALLENGE

Below is the news article we have above for our discussion. Please translate it into Vietnamese.

Government urges China to quit VN waters

Ha Noi — The foreign ministry has called the Chinese embassy in Ha Noi urging China to cease operations at sea that interfere with Vietnamese fishermen.

“The Chinese side has recently enforced an order to ban fishing in a number of areas, including some in the East Sea under Viet Nam’s sovereignty, and has increased patrols to seize fishing vessels operating in those areas,” ministry spokesman Le Dung told reporters in Ha Noi yesterday.

On Thursday, deputy foreign minister Ho Xuan Son contacted Chinese Ambassador to Viet Nam Sun Quoqiang about the situation which, he said, has been interfering with the normal activities of Vietnamese fishermen in their traditional fishing fields.

Dung said that Son told the Chinese ambassador that “this has caused indignation among the public, bringing no benefit to bilateral relations,” and he requested the Chinese side stop operations that prevent Vietnamese fishermen from going about their daily business in marine areas under Vietnamese sovereignty.

The Chinese ambassador promised to report Viet Nam’s concerns to his country’s leadership, Dung said. — VNS

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That’s it, everyone. Let’s have fun together. No stress.

Have a great day!

Hoành

Một suy nghĩ 3 thoughts on “Daily English Discussion–Tuesday, June 9, 2009”

  1. Chính phủ đề nghị Trung quốc rời khỏi vùng biển Việt Nam.

    Hà Nội – Bộ Ngoại giao vừa kêu gọi Đại sứ quán Trung Quốc tại Hà Nội đề nghị Trung quốc ngừng các hoạt động tại vùng biển gây trở ngại cho ngư dân Việt Nam.

    “Phía Trung quốc vừa ban hành chỉ thị ngăn cấm việc đánh bắt cá ở một số vùng biển, kể cả một vài vùng Biển Đông thuộc chủ quyền Việt Nam, và gia tăng tuần tra để tịch thu những tàu đánh bắt cá hoạt động tại các vùng biển này”, phát ngôn viên bộ Ngoại Giao Lê Dũng thông báo cho phóng viên tại Hà Nội vào hôm qua.

    Vào thứ năm, Thứ trưởng Ngoại giao Hồ Xuân Sơn đã trao đổi với Đại sứ Trung Quốc tại Việt Nam-ông Tôn Quốc Trường, về tình trạng cản trở hoạt động bình thường của ngư dân Việt Nam tại những ngư trường truyền thống.

    Ông Dũng thông báo, ông Sơn đã trao đổi với Đại sứ Trung Quốc rằng “điều này đã gây bức xúc trong công chúng, không có lợi cho quan hệ giữa hai nước”. Và ông yêu cầu phía Trung Quốc ngừng các hoạt động ngăn trở ngư dân Việt Nam trong công việc làm ăn hàng ngày ở vùng biển thuộc chủ quyền Việt Nam.

    Ông Dũng cho biết, Đại sứ Trung Quốc hứa báo cáo mối quan tâm của Việt Nam đến lãnh đạo đất nước ông – VNS

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  2. I’ve had an opportunity to visit Mekong Delta, especially Ca Mau province. Most of transport vehicles are junks and composite boats called “vỏ lãi”, with a heavy canal system. There are no much roads. Some years ago, there are even no roads from Năm Căn to Ngọc Hiển district. And that’s why children run into difficulties to go to schools.

    As you know, Cái Nước is a poor district. I really admire those farmers who have donated their lands to build schools. They exchanged their very little properties for the education of their children ! This expresses their desire to learn and reach a higher level in society. This also indicates their appreciation our traditional “tôn sư trọng đạo”. I wish the gorvernment make the best condition for them!

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  3. Thanks, chị Yến. This story really moves me. I wonder if any brother/sister in Cái Nước would be able to give us updates on what the authorities will do with the land. We want to see a good school there, and we want to know if there is any way we, Dotchuoinoners 🙂 , may be able to support the school.

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