Nguyen Khac Giang, a researcher at the Vietnam Institute for Economic and Policy Research I had nine Chinese classmates back in college, and of them Lee Hang Wei impressed me the most. She belonged to the Bai ethnic community of China, and so always tried her best to prove what she could do for her country given the fact she was not a Han Chinese, the country’s biggest ethnic group. After getting her MA degree, Lee volunteered to work in Africa, to do articles about Chinese projects in the continent. Four years ago Chinese investment began to proliferate in Africa, and so many African countries were eager about attracting China investors, hoping to be equal trade partners with China instead of being the supplicants they had been with Europe and the U.S. In 2013 China rolled out its Belt and Road Initiative that focuses on connectivity and cooperation between Eurasian countries. The initiative has been at the core of China’s foreign policy since then. China has dreamed … [Read more...] about Loans masquerading as bilateral aid, and the consequences of non-repayment
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Delegates to the 26th Annual Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum in Hanoi pose for a photo at the opening ceremony on January 18. (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) - The 26th Annual Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF-26) focused discussions on different aspects of the theme “Parliamentary Partnership for Peace, Innovation and Sustainable Development”, reflected by its efforts to strive for gender equality and promote parliamentary ties for the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The meeting took place at a time when the world was witnessing substantial and drastic changes and complex security issues, which can impact peace and stability across the globe, including in Asia-Pacific. Despite that, cooperation for peace, security, sustainable development and inclusive growth remains a prevailing trend. The Asia-Pacific region, since the first Annual Meeting of the APPF in 1993, has been the most dynamic engine of the … [Read more...] about APPF in forefront of fostering sustainable development goals
Viet Nam NewsHÀ NỘI — President Trần Đại Quang said on Thursday that together with other inter-parliamentary groups, the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum could help promote world development that originated in Asia and the Pacific. “In the past 25 years, APPF has witnessed turning points in the world and was also part of the process," Quang said. He said the APPF had helped make the Asia Pacific an innovation hub that was a pioneer in developing technology industries, new energy, trade and investment, and this had benefited hundreds of millions of people, he said. The forum, which enables parliamentarians to discuss issues of common concern, began its twenty sixth session in Hà Nội on Thursday. Vietnamese National Assembly leader Nguyễn Thị Kim Ngân told the meeting that parliamentary diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific area had been promoted by the active engagement of parliamentarians at … [Read more...] about Asia Pacific can lead world: President
After René Castro-Salazar attended the first U.N.-led climate talks in Berlin in 1985 as Costa Rica's environment and energy minister, he tried to talk about agriculture and climate change - but few wanted to join the conversation. "There was always opposition - and we couldn't understand why," said Castro, now assistant director-general at the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). To him, the need to tackle the topic was clear. Agriculture, forestry and other land uses together account for nearly a quarter of the greenhouse gas emissions heating up the planet, according to the FAO. Cutting these is essential if the world is to keep global temperature rise to a manageable level, said Castro. Farms and forests can also store large amounts of carbon, and simple actions by all countries could result in immediate environmental benefits, he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. In the early years, the climate negotiations focused on reducing emissions from the energy … [Read more...] about Can agriculture and the climate fix their ‘unhappy marriage’ in 2018?
Vietnam zeroes in on hunger eliminationPoverty alleviation and hunger eradication has been a consistent priority for Vietnam and the country is committed to achieving these goals in cooperation with the international community, Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung said in Hanoi on December 13.Dung was speaking at the first meeting of the National Steering Committee for the ten year (2016-2025) Zero Hunger Action Programme.The programme was established by the Prime Minister in 2014 in response to the “Zero Hunger Challenge” of the United Nations, a major initiative to eradicate hunger worldwide.Vietnam’s action programme targets ensuring enough food and nutrition for all citizens towards improved physical and intellectual health; and towards fulfilling sustainable development goals (SDGs) of food security and sustainable agricultural development.There are five specifics targets under the action programme, including ensuring food and nutrition for people all year … [Read more...] about Social News 15/12