He will sending Vice President Mike Pence in his place, the White House said on Friday, an announcement that will raise questions about his commitment to a regional strategy to counter China. Trump was invited to attend the U.S.-Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit and the East Asia summit in Singapore and also the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Papua New Guinea. He had attended these events last November. White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Trump asked Pence to represent him at the summits, where he will “highlight the United States’ vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific, based on respect for sovereignty, the rule of law, and the principles of free, fair and reciprocal trade.” Trump will travel to Paris to attend a November 11 commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War One. Trump had wanted a U.S. military parade in Washington but balked at price estimates. “While in Europe, the president also will … [Read more...] about Trump to skip summits in Singapore, Papua New Guinea; Pence to attend
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Legal framework for child care on the internet Vietnam, with 64 million Internet users (67% of its population), is among Asian countries having the biggest number of Internet users. A majority of these users are children and teenagers, who are exposed to both benefits and dangers. In addition to close attention from parents and schools, a legal framework is needed to protect children from the risks of the cyber world. While browsing the Internet, children may encounter unexpected information and people. Their personal information can be hacked. More seriously, children can become victims of swindles, exploitation, harassment, and sex abuse. Online game and smartphone addictions can harm children’s mental and physical health. Parents should teach children how to find and use information on the Internet. Dang Hoa Nam, Director of the Department for Children of the Ministry of Labor, Invalids, and Social Affairs, said, “Parents play a very important role. They should be … [Read more...] about Social News 7/8
Vladimir Putin said Friday (Jul 27) he had invited US leader Donald Trump to visit Moscow and was ready to travel to Washington, seeking to put on a brave face after the US delayed a new summit with the Kremlin chief to next year. Russian President Vladimir Putin said he had invited US leader Donald Trump to visit Moscow and was ready to travel to Washington for a new summit, as he praised their "useful" meetings AFP/GULSHAN KHAN Speaking after the Helsinki summit with Trump sparked a political crisis in the United States, Putin said the two leaders planned to meet on the sidelines of a summit in Argentina later this year and possibly at other venues. "I am ready to go to Washington," Putin told reporters following a summit of the leaders of the BRICS group - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - in Johannesburg, adding that he had also invited Trump to visit Moscow. "(Trump) has a desire to conduct meetings in the future and I am ready," Putin said, stressing, … [Read more...] about Putin invites Trump to Moscow after US delays summit
Editor’s note: Anton Tsvetov is a Southeast Asian affairs analyst from Moscow, Russia. Last week Vietnam saw back-to-back visits by two defense ministers from two of the country’s key partners – Russia’s Sergey Shoigu and the US’ James Mattis. Long-time observers of Vietnamese foreign policy have gotten used to such careful balancing by the country’s leadership: recent examples are the revolving-door visits by Donald Trump and Xi Jinping after the APEC Summit in Danang late 2017 or PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s visit to Moscow in May 2016 just as Vietnam was preparing to host then US President Barack Obama. Shoigu’s and Mattis’ visits mirrored each other both in style and substance. Both met not only their counterpart Defense Minister Ngo Xuan Lich, but also President Tran Dai Quang and CPV General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, which tells us that the visits were not merely a defense-specific event, but a reaffirmation of long-term strategic … [Read more...] about ‘Like-minded partner’ or ‘old friend’: Can Vietnam avoid getting caught between US and Russia?