BAN NONG CHAN, Thailand (Reuters) – By this time of year, the Mekong River should have been rising steadily with the monsoon rains, bringing fishermen a bounty of fat fish.
Scientists and people living along the river fear the impact of the worst drought in years has been exacerbated by upstream dams raising the prospect of irreversible change on the river that supports one of Southeast Asia’s most important rice-growing regions.
Normally, Vietnam would have backed down. In July 2017 and March 2018, when China reportedly threatened military action if Vietnam did not stop oil exploration in contested areas of the South China Sea, Vietnam blinked and withdrew its vessels.
Last year, Vietnam scrapped a US$200 million oil and gas development project with Spanish energy giant Repsol situated within its own exclusive economic zone (EEZ) due to Chinese pressure. However, when a Chinese survey ship and coastguard vessels sailed last month to the contested oil-rich Vanguard Bank, which also lies well within Vietnam’s southeastern EEZ, Hanoi stood its ground.
A screen showing stock prices at a securities company in Beijing on August 5. GREG BAKER/AFP/GETTY IMAGES
Welcome to the first edition of Foreign Policy’s China Brief, where every week we’ll bring you news and analysis from the most populous country in the world: the one with the angriest crowds, the hottest tech, and the smelliest dofu. I’m James Palmer, a senior editor at FP previously based in Beijing for 15 years. Every week, I’ll break down the news and explain it here.
I love the film Pure Love (Korean: 순정; RR: Sunjeong), a 2016 South Korean romance drama film. The film talks about a pure love. I love pure love, so I love the film.
In 1991, on an island, five friends spend the summer together. Two girls and three boys. All they are 17 years old. A girl can’t walk as a normal person, so her friends often piggyback her. A boy falls in love with the girl. He piggyback her more times than other friends. Đọc tiếp Pure love→
Center for Strategic & International Studies – 24 July, 2019
The South China Sea is the most contested piece of geography on the planet. CSIS’s Greg Poling explains how China uses maritime militias to intimidate its neighbors and assert its claim over the South China Sea.
“Be Their Bodhisattva,” a striking anti-wildlife trafficking campaign, was organized in Vietnam from Jan. 25 to March 25 this year.
The campaign caught the attention of both the public and prominent national media outlets.
However, record-breaking seizures of wildlife parts destined for Vietnam in the months since demonstrate the breadth and depth of the problem.
HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam — In late January, WildAid and the Ho Chi Minh City-based Center of Hands-on Actions and Networking for Growth and Environment (CHANGE) launched a graphic anti-wildlife trafficking campaign focused on three animals: pangolins, elephants and rhinos.
TĐH: Gender is becoming increasingly confusing, unnatural, standardless and meaningless. In New Jersey (USA) parents now can mark in the newborn baby paperwork for birth certificate one of three choices for gender: (1) male, (2) female, and (3) undetermined. “Undetermined” because the parents “don’t know the baby’s gender until the baby is grown up and determines his/her/its gender for him/her/itself.”
Bisexual people make up 52 percent of the lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) community, but in recent years, the words to describe the identity of someone who is attracted to more than one gender have become increasingly complex.
voanews – TAIPEI – Japan is helping Vietnam build a defense against the larger, more militarily powerful China as Vietnam says Beijing’s forces are occupying more than their legal share of the South China Sea.
Japanese Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya and his Vietnamese counterpart, Ngo Xuan Lich, met May 3 to “advance cooperation” on maritime security, Tokyo-based NHK television online said.