Hanoi leader lauds LDS Church’s performance Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung (right) on January 28 hosted a reception for Evans F.David, President of the Asia Area of the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints (LDS Church or Mormon Church) (hanoimoi.com.vn) Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung on January 28 hosted a reception for Evans F.David, President of the Asia Area of the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints (LDS Church or Mormon Church). The municipal leader lauded annual activities held by the LDS Church, which, he said, have received the enthusiastic response of the public and contributed to socio-economic development of Hanoi, ensuring security and order in the capital city and promoting the image of Hanoians to international fiends. Evans F.David thanked the municipal People’s Committee for creating favourable conditions for the Church to operate and develop over the past years, … [Read more...] about Government News 29/12
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Viet Nam News BALI — Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc attended the ASEAN Leaders’ Gathering in Bali, Indonesia on Thursday, which took place on the sidelines of the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank (WB). The PM welcomed Indonesia’s initiative to host the meeting, while stressing that the event is an opportunity for ASEAN leaders and international organisations to share views and discuss regional and global joint actions and cooperation for promoting inclusive, sustainable, creative growth with a focus on effectively implementing UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030. He said the success of the World Economic Forum (WEF) on ASEAN (WEF ASEAN 2018) recently held in Việt Nam showed that ASEAN has advantages and stands ready to receive and make full use of the outcomes from the Fourth Industrial Revolution. He suggested the UN, the IMF and the WB coordinate with ASEAN and Việt Nam to accelerate the … [Read more...] about PM meets ASEAN leaders
Viet Nam News The 2016 international arbitration court ruling on the South China Sea was hailed as a major breakthrough as China’s extensive maritime territorial claims (the nine-dash line) were categorically deemed invalid. Yet the impact of the ruling on the ground has so far been limited and non-compliance might spell troubles for international dispute settlement mechanisms, experts have said. Trọng Kiên HÀ NỘI — The Hague-based international arbitration court announced on July 12, 2016, a landmark ruling that dealt a significant legal blow to China’s sweeping claims over most of the South China Sea (called the East Sea in Việt Nam). At the time, expectations were high that the tribunal’s ruling, in a case initiated by the Philippines over China’s aggressive attempts to prevent Filipino fishermen from fishing off the waters of the Scarborough Shoal since 2012, would have a great impact and possibly lead to a … [Read more...] about South China Sea tribunal ruling clings to relevance: experts
Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — Two years after the arbitration court ruling in favour of Philippines’ South China Sea case and rejecting China’s so-called nine-dash line, disputes continue to rage even as China and ASEAN formally enter negotiations towards a Code of Conduct framework. However, parties would need to resolutely abide by international law to ensure security and order in the region, Vietnamese and international legal experts, maritime scholars and diplomats agreed at the third Ocean Dialogue held by the Diplomatic Academy of Việt Nam (DAV) yesterday in Hà Nội. The event, themed ‘International law in the South China Sea’, seeks to discuss legal regimes – especially the Hague’s ruling – on these resource-rich waters and find co-operation opportunities between concerned parties. Deputy Director of the DAV, Lê Hải Bình, in his opening remarks, stressed the role of international law as the … [Read more...] about Abiding to international law key to settle South China Sea issue
Walking curve: Part of a 700-metre suspension bridge at Hijo Resorts Davao. — VNS Photo Trần Văn Giáp Viet Nam News It is easy to “get lost” in the many attractions that the largest city in the Philippines offers, discovers Xuân Hương. I have to confess that despite being a fellow ASEAN member, my knowledge of the Philippines was relatively scant, and impressions limited. Of course, I knew the Philippines and Việt Nam shared recent experiences of devastation wrought by natural disasters. My curiosity was piqued therefore, when I got the opportunity to visit a city that I heard was naturally protected from disasters and which enjoyed stable weather all year round. Another confession I have to make is that despite doing some research before going on the familiarisation trip organised by the Philippines Department of Tourism and sponsored by Philippine Airlines, I was more than pleasantly surprised by Davao City. What … [Read more...] about Davao City exerts of beguiling charm
Viet Nam News by Bích Hường In a business-as-usual scenario, the world’s oceans could contain one tonne of plastic for every three tonnes of fish by 2025, and by 2050, more plastic than fish [by weight]. The numbers in a report launched at the World Economic Forum 2016 crossed my mind again when I saw images of trash abandoned at beaches and other tourist attractions that went viral on internet after recent public holidays on April 30 and May 1. More similar images are likely to come as Vietnamese enter the peak time of holiday season – summer. When students have a long break, people flock to beaches and tourist destinations. It’s a given that people are disappointed to spend their holidays in places that are filled or surrounded by ice cream sticks, wrappers, cans, water bottles and food waste. The trash not only damages the sight of the tourist areas, but also poses a high risk of environmental pollution to the locality if it is not treated … [Read more...] about Who wants a vacation to a trash filled beach?
Inflammatory stories masquerading as real news pose a particularly toxic threat in Asian countries with long-standing religious and ethnic divides, but promises by some regional leaders to tackle the problem carry equal menace. Borrowing from U.S. President Donald Trump's political playbook, government heads with an authoritarian streak are using the mantra of "fake news" to shield themselves from negative media coverage, and push legislation that critics say is aimed more at stifling dissent than punishing fabrication. The problem they profess to be addressing is a genuine one. Internet penetration is now so extensive - even in the poorest areas - that fake stories dressed up as fact can go viral on social media overnight and reach massive audiences with often dire consequences. In India last year, seven people were killed by a mob after a false story spread on WhatsApp that they were child-traffickers. A number of Asian leaders have tapped into the resulting public concern and … [Read more...] about Asian push to crack down on ‘fake news’ sparks alarm