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India signs defensive agreement with US following Himalayan standoff with China

By James Griffiths, CNN

Updated 0946 GMT (1746 HKT) October 27, 2020US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (right) is greeted by US Ambassador to India Kenneth Juster upon his arrival at an airport in New Delhi on October 26, 2020.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (right) is greeted by US Ambassador to India Kenneth Juster upon his arrival at an airport in New Delhi on October 26, 2020.

Hong Kong (CNN) The United States and India have reaffirmed their defensive and security relationship, as Washington continues to rally allies in Asia amid concerns over increased Chinese military activity in the region.

During a press conference Tuesday in the Indian capital, US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and his Indian counterpart Rajnath Singh announced the signing of the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA), enabling greater information-sharing and further defense cooperation between the two countries.”

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Vietnam faces dilemma on forests as climate change threatens coffee crops

by Michael Tatarski on 1 December 2016

  • Research shows that Vietnam may lose 50 percent of its current Robusta coffee production areas by 2050.
  • 550,000 smallholder farmers supply over 95 percent of Vietnam’s coffee, while another 500,000 people are engaged in seasonal work in the industry.
  • In order to continue growing this crop, the country can cut down forests to make space, or embrace them.
Typical landscape in Vietnam that's suitable for growing Coffea canephora. Photo by Michael Tatarski
Typical landscape in Vietnam that’s suitable for growing Coffea canephora. Photo by Michael Tatarski

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Japan and China both claim these islands as their own. Now the US is showing Tokyo how it can help defend them

Analysis by Brad Lendon, CNN

Updated 2333 GMT (0733 HKT) October 27, 2020
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Hong Kong (CNN)Tens of thousands of US and Japanese troops will begin a massive island-landing exercise in the Pacific this week as part of joint military operations seen as a warning to China that Washington backs Tokyo over Beijing’s claim to Japanese-controlled islands.

Speaking aboard a Japanese warship Monday, Lt. Gen. Kevin Schneider, commander of US Forces Japan, said the exercises would demonstrate the ability of the US-Japan alliance “to deliver combat troops to defend the Senkakus or respond to other crises or contingencies.”

Both Tokyo and Beijing claim the Senkaku Islands, known as the Diaoyus in China, as their own, but Japan has administered them since 1972.

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Rapid growth could cost Vietnam’s coast dear: World Bank

Rapid growth could cost Vietnam's coast dear: World Bank
A restaurant on Cua Dai Beach of central Quang Nam Province is demolished by waves and coastal erosion, October 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Dac Thanh.

By Phan Anh   October 24, 2020 | 07:55 am GMT+7 vnexpresz

Rapid urbanization and economic development can intensify natural disaster risks for Vietnam’s coastline and wipe billions of dollars off its economic growth over the next decade.

A report released Wednesday notes that Vietnam’s coastline, despite being among the most exposed to natural hazards like storms, floods and erosion, also hosts thriving economic sectors that provide livelihoods for a growing and rapidly urbanizing population.

The report, titled “Resilient Shores,” is a collaboration between the Vietnamese government, the World Bank and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery.

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China commits to share year-round water data with Mekong River Commission

By Reuters   October 23, 2020 | 08:11 am GMT+7 vnexpressChina commits to share year-round water data with Mekong River CommissionA boat of rice in a canal in Hau Giang Province in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, March 13, 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Nguyet Nhi.

China on Thursday signed an agreement with the Mekong River Commission (MRC) to share year-round data on the flow of its portion of the vital waterway.

The move came amid concern that Chinese dams may be causing drought downstream in Southeast Asia.

A push for more data from China’s portion of the Mekong River – which Beijing calls the Lancang River – intensified this year after U.S. government criticism that 11 Chinese dams were “hoarding” water and hurting livelihoods downstream, an accusation Beijing denies.

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Two Chinese patrol ships enter Japan’s waters

21 hours ago NHK World

Two Chinese patrol ships enter Japan's waters

Two Chinese patrol ships have temporarily entered Japan’s territorial waters off the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. The patrol ships exited the waters after attempting to approach a Japanese fishing boat.

The Japan Coast Guard has been warning the vessels not to reenter Japan’s waters.

The Coast Guard says two of the four Chinese patrol vessels that had been sailing just outside the territorial waters made the intrusion off Taisho Island shortly before 11 a.m. on Thursday. Taisho is one of the Senkaku Islands.

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Former minister of industry and trade prosecuted for causing huge loss

16/09/2020    12:00 GMT+7

The Supreme People’s Procuracy on Monday issued an indictment to prosecute former Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang and his accomplices for their involvement in a violation case related to the land plot at 2-4-6 Hai Ba Trung Street, HCMC.

Former minister of industry and trade prosecuted for causing huge loss

Former Director of the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT)’s Light Industry Department Phan Chi Dung, Former Vice Chairman of the HCM City People’s Committee Nguyen Huu Tin, former Director of the municipal Department of Natural Resources and Environment Dao Anh Kiet, and six others will also face prosecution.

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US-China decoupling: is Beijing ramping up its diversification away from the US dollar?

US-China frictions and the threat of American financial sanctions have renewed debate in Beijing about reducing dependence on the US dollar. China cut its holdings of US government debt to US$1.07 trillion in late August, the lowest level since March 2017, the US Department of Treasury says

Frank Tang

Frank Tang in Beijing

Published: 12:00am, 21 Oct, 2020 SCMP

China has long tried to undermine the US dollar’s dominant role in the international monetary system, despite the fact that the bulk of its reserves are in dollar-denominated assets. Photo: Reuters
China has long tried to undermine the US dollar’s dominant role in the international monetary system, despite the fact that the bulk of its reserves are in dollar-denominated assets. Photo: Reuters

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Giá điện bán lẻ: Đã đến lúc bóc tách – Giới thiệu khái niệm Unbundling – Tách nhỏ các công ty?

Retail electricity prices: It's time to unbundle the package | RenewEconomy

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Giới thiệu khái niệm Unbundling – Tách nhỏ các công ty là gì? Và vấn đề Tách nhỏ các công ty trong ngành điện

Unbundling là một quá trình mà một công ty (tập đoàn) với nhiều ngành kinh doanh khác nhau giữ lại hoạt động kinh doanh cốt lõi trong khi bán lại tài sản, dòng sản phẩm, các bộ phận hoặc công ty con. Unbundling được thực hiện vì nhiều lý do, nhưng mục tiêu luôn là tạo ra công ty hoặc tập đoàn hoạt động tốt hơn.

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China threatens retaliation after new US arms sales to Taiwan

File photo of two US-made Taiwanese F-16 fighter jets. (Photo: AFP/Sam Yeh)

22 Oct 2020 05:44PM

BEIJING: China threatened on Thursday (Oct 22) to retaliate against the latest US arms sale to Taiwan, as the island welcomed the weapons package but said it was not looking to get into an arms race with Beijing.

The Trump administration has ramped up support for Taiwan through arms sales and visits by senior US officials, adding to tensions between Beijing and Washington, already heightened by disagreements over the South China Sea, Hong Kong, human rights and trade.

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Monsanto loses final appeal over French farmer’s weedkiller accident

Thursday, October 22, 2020, 10:22 GMT+7 tuoitrenews

Monsanto loses final appeal over French farmer's weedkiller accident
The logo of Monsanto is seen at the Monsanto factory in Peyrehorade, France, August 23, 2019. Photo: Reuters

PARIS — Bayer’s Monsanto division on Wednesday lost a final appeal in a long-running French legal battle in which the crop chemical maker has been held liable for the accidental inhalation of a weedkiller by a crop farmer.

Monsanto had been trying to overturn a decision by an appeals court in 2019 that had found the company’s product safety information to have been inadequate in relation to the accident involving farmer Paul Francois in 2004.

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US designates six more Chinese media companies as foreign missions

By Ben Westcott and Jennifer HanslerCNN Business

Updated 0541 GMT (1341 HKT) October 22, 2020

Screengrabs from journalists speaking to press after being evacuated from China

Concept illustration released on Aug 23, 2016 by the lunar probe and space project center of Chinese State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence shows the concept portraying what the Mars rover and lander would look like. China's planetary exploration program has been named Tianwen, or Quest for Heavenly Truth, the China National Space Administration announced on Friday.(CNN Business) The United States government has labeled six more Chinese media companies operating in the US as foreign missions in the latest round of tit-for-tat between Beijing and Washington over restrictions on journalists.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the decision at a press briefing on Wednesday, saying that the six media companies were “substantially or effectively controlled by a foreign government.”

”We’re not placing any restrictions on what these outlets can publish in the United States,” Pompeo said. “We simply want to ensure that American people, consumers of information, can differentiate between news written by a free press and propaganda distributed by the Chinese Communist Party itself. They’re not the same thing.”

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Vietnam moves up in Asia Power Index

vietnamnet 20/10/2020    08:03 GMT+7

Vietnam moved up one spot to rank 12th out of 26 countries and territories in the 2020 Asia Power Index conducted by the Lowy Institute, an independent think-tank in Australia.

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Vietnam’s rank improved thanks to gains in diplomatic influence, in which it was placed 9th, up three places against last year.

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