Reuters – On a quiet river bend on the China-Vietnam border, a group of people clambered up a muddy bank. They had just glided across the river from the Vietnamese side in a longboat, guided by men on both banks signaling with flashlights.
The passengers scurried over to a group of men standing by their motorcycles, climbed aboard the bikes and disappeared into the night. Two Chinese police officers in uniform, stationed at a small post near the crossing point in the border town of Dongxing, watched impassively as they rode past. Đọc tiếp How smuggled workers power ‘Made in China’→
A drought in the middle of monsoon season brought on by the El Niño effect has affected farmers across Southeast Asia, hampering economic growth and exacerbating political tensions between urban elites and farmers. Though rains have recently begun, reservoirs are at such low levels that they will not be refilled in a shortened season with average rainfall. A record level of paddy has gone unplanted, and where the fall crop has been planted, seedlings have withered in parched paddy. Đọc tiếp Southeast Asia’s Real Security Concern→
In examining recent suggestions for joint patrolling of the South China Sea, analysts have tended to focus on the surface vessels of various nations’ coast guards and navies. Yet the flight of a U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidonhosting a CNN film crew over disputed waters in the South China Sea in May highlighted the potential of air power – specifically maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) – in executing the possible missions of joint patrols. To explore the potential effectiveness of South China Sea joint air patrols it is important to first be clear about the often overlooked distinctions in missions, locations, and concepts. Đọc tiếp Patrolling international skies: Understanding joint air patrols→
Due diligence: Farmers harvest ginseng in a garden in Nam Tra My District’s Tra Linh Commune.
VNN – Up in the mountains of Quang Nam Province the ginseng plant’s roots have become a treasured natural remedy. Those who cultivate the plants can earn themselves a hefty living and preserve wild plants at the same time. Hoai Nam reports.
AMTI – China is not the first, but the fifth claimant to build an airstrip in the Spratly Islands. Are all airstrips created equal? What kinds of operations does each enable? AMTI explores the role of airstrips and airpower in the South China Sea.
Much attention has been paid to China’s new airstrip on Fiery Cross Reef. How does this runway compare to Malaysia’s on Swallow Reef, the Philippines’ on Thitu Island, Taiwan’s on Itu Aba, or Vietnam’s on Spratly Island? Below, explore infographics on each claimant’s airstrip size and the aerial operating range each enables. Watch an exclusive interview on China’s Fiery Cross runway with RAND Senior International Defense Analyst Timothy R. Heath. View satellite images of each Spratly airstrip and read more about the types of operations that each may enable.
A family of overseas Vietnamese are pictured at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City.
Vietnamese people who reside overseas, their foreign spouses and children are likely to enjoy a free-visa policy when entering Vietnam, as quick completion has been urged for a draft decree on the visa waiver.
A contestant presented her speech at XSpeaker Contest on July 11. Two winners of the contest will become two among many speakers of TEDx events 2015, which will be held next month. — Photo courtesy of TEDx Community of Hanoi.
HA NOI (VNS) — A series of TEDx events will be officially held on August 8 in Ha Noi, offering opportunities for young Vietnamese to share and promote their creative ideas which are expected to leave a positive influence on the society.
Author: Chau Bao Nguyen, University of East Anglia
EF – The redeployment of a Chinese oil rig in the South China Sea (SCS) shows an inconsistency in the rhetoric and practice of China’s policy in the disputed waters. Together with its mass land reclamation activities, these actions are part and parcel of coercive diplomacy. It affirms China’s territorial ambition in the highly strategic sea. But is it likely to escalate into regional conflict?
TNN – Vietnam has found an effective way to crack down on tax laggards as it struggles to fund infrastructure projects and curb rising debt: make the names of the offending businesses public to shame them into paying up.
A farmer takes out rice died by saline intrusion in Hon Dat District, southern Kien Giang Province. Farmers and households have been left without fresh water in many areas in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta this year because of severe saline intrusion. — Photo tuoitre.vn
HCM CITY (VNS) — Farmers and households have been left without fresh water in many areas in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta this year because of severe saline intrusion.
newly-graduated students are getting consultatation for jobs in an job fair in Ha Noi. — Photokenh14.vn
HA NOI (VNS) — Nearly 178,000 persons with bachelor’s and masters’ degrees could not find jobs in the first quarter this year, the statistics released recently by the Labour and Social Sciences Institute said.