U.S. charges Chinese intelligence officers for jet engine data hackThe Saigon Times Daily Part of the building of 'Unit 61398', a secretive Chinese military unit, is seen in the outskirts of Shanghai February 19, 2013 – PHOTO: REUTERS WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Chinese intelligence officers conspired with hackers and company insiders to break into private companies’ computer systems and steal information on a turbo fan engine used in commercial jetliners, according to a U.S. indictment unsealed on Tuesday. The indictment said at the time of the intrusions, a Chinese-state owned aerospace company was working to develop a comparable engine for use in aircraft manufactured in China and in other countries. The 10 people charged conspired to steal sensitive data “that could be used by Chinese entities to build the same or similar engine without incurring substantial research and development expenses,” the indictment released by the U.S. Department of Justice … [Read more...] about U.S. charges Chinese intelligence officers for jet engine data hack
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Russia denounces new U.S. sanctions as illegal, mulls retaliationThe Saigon Times Daily National flags of Russia and the U.S. fly at Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow, Russia April 11, 2017 – PHOTO: REUTERS MOSCOW (REUTERS) - Russia condemned a new round of U.S. sanctions as illegal on Thursday and said it had begun working on retaliatory measures after news of the curbs pushed the rouble to two-year lows over fears Moscow was locked in a spiral of never-ending sanctions. Moscow has been trying with mixed success to improve battered U.S.-Russia ties since Donald Trump won the White House in 2016, and Russia’s political elite was quick to chalk up a summit last month between Trump and Vladimir Putin as a victory. But initial triumphalism swiftly turned sour as anger over what some U.S. lawmakers saw as an over deferential performance by Trump and his failure to confront Putin over Moscow’s alleged meddling in U.S. politics galvanized a new sanctions … [Read more...] about Russia denounces new U.S. sanctions as illegal, mulls retaliation
It was “not very reassuring,” Jeffrey Ordaniel told VnExpress, referring to the address by U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore a week ago. Ordaniel, Research Fellow with the Pacific Forum, felt that while Mattis outlined what America wants to see in the so-called Indo-Pacific Region, he failed to clearly articulate how Washington could help smaller countries resist pressure and coercion from China. He could not even clearly commit to defend the Philippines, a mutual defense-treaty ally, in the South China Sea, Ordaniel noted. The South China Morning Post quoted the Defense Secretary as saying that the "the U.S. will continue to pursue a constructive, results-oriented relationship with China, cooperating when possible and competing vigorously where we must … of course we recognize any sustainable Indo-Pacific order has a role for China." But the U.S. bark seems to lack bite, analysts feel. On May 23, the U.S. disinvited China … [Read more...] about Is the US going soft on China?
This is her first official visit to Vietnam, taking place in the context when Vietnam and Myanmar are enjoying active development in their bilateral relations and increasing mutual trust and cooperation. State Councilor, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister of the President’s Office of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi. Photo: VNA Vietnam and Myanmar have maintained and developed their relations since an earlier time in the 20th century. In 1947, while Vietnam was still in the resistance war against the French colonists, the country had already set up an information office in Yangon (former capital of Myanmar) then upgraded the office to the representative agency of the Vietnam Government in 1948. In 1954, Myanmar Prime Minister U Nu visited Vietnam and in 1958 President Ho Chi Minh of Vietnam paid a visit to Myanmar. Though still experiencing a lot of hardships, Myanmar has always reserved a lot of support for the people of Vietnam, both … [Read more...] about Vietnam, Myanmar to boost comprehensive partnership
As hot weather peaks this month in southern Việt Nam, authorities in the Cửu Long (Mekong Delta) region are stepping up efforts to cope with forest fires and salinisation as a response to climate change. –Photo dmhcc.gov.vn The Delta’s Kiên Giang Province alone has 86,450ha of forested land, accounting for 13.6 per cent of its total area. “As one of the vulnerable areas for forest fires in the dry season, U Minh Thượng National Park (UMTNP) in Kiên Giang Province is now our biggest concern,” said Lê Văn Trọng, a member of the management board at the park. “Fire prevention may be easier this year than in 2017 because the park has had few heavy rains in the first two months of the year. The water level is still high in small rivers and lakes in the park,” he added. Of the park’s total area of 21,000 hectares, 8,000 hectares comprise a core area which houses many rare and endangered birds. A … [Read more...] about Mekong Delta ready for fight against climate change