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The joint communique reaffirmed ASEAN’s commitment to the full and effective implementation of the ASEAN 2025 and master plans on politics-security, economics, and culture-society.  The joint communique said ASEAN took note of the concerns expressed by some Ministers on the land reclamation and activities in the East Sea, which have eroded trust and confidence, increased tensions and may undermine peace, security and stability in the region. ASEAN reaffirmed the importance of maintaining and promoting peace, security, stability, safety and freedom of navigation in and over - flight above the East Sea. Countries further reaffirmed the need to enhance mutual trust and confidence, exercise self-restraint in the conduct of activities and avoid actions that may further complicate the situation, and pursue peaceful resolution of disputes in accordance with international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).  The regional bloc stressed the importance of non-militarisation and self-restraint in the conduct of all activities by claimants and all other states, including those mentioned in the DOC that could further complicate the situation and escalate tensions in the East Sea. It underscored the importance of the full and effective implementation of the DOC in its entirety. ASEAN warmly welcomed the conclusion and adoption of the framework of a Code of Conduct in the East Sea. In its joint communique, ASEAN countries also addressed terrorist and extremist threats and developments in the Korean peninsula and the Middle East.... [read more]

Torrential rain caused serious landslide, flashflood and traffic difficulty through several roads in the northern mountainous provinces in the past days. Particularly, the bad weather killed six persons and nine others were missing in Yen Bai province; It also reported 12 dead, five missing in flash floods in Son La province.   Additionally, the natural disaster killed seven persons in Dien Bien province, destroyed houses and hectares of rice crops. The Fatherland Front Committee of Son La province and Muong La district received VND 6.5 billion, 2.4 tons of rice, 967 instant noodles, 104 cloth bags and other gifts from nationwide organizations and individuals.  Mu Cang Chai district also received VND 2,364 billion, more than 5.2 tons of rice and 2,633 noodle boxes.  The National Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention said that Red Cross Society of Vietnam sent two working delegations to assist local people overcome terrible consequences after the flashflood, and offered over VND 500 million to the affected- localities.  The National Fatherland Front Committee of Vietnam also supported VND 600 million for victims in Yen Bai and Son La provinces.  At moment, the local authorities have sent people to safer places.  Earlier, a working delegation led by Natural Resources and Environment Minister Tran Hong Ha arrived in Yen Bai to assist search and rescue activities and handed over VND 600 million for the locality. Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Nguyen Linh Ngoc yesterday visited and offered VND…... [read more]

NDO – Continuing with the working programme in Son La, a delegation from the National Assembly (NA) led by its Deputy Chairman Do Ba Ty, together with the Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Dao Ngoc Dung and local leaders, visited and encouraged flood victims in Nam Pam commune, Muong La district, those suffered most from the historic floods in early August. NA Deputy Chairman Ty and the delegation spoke with the local people, encouraging them to overcome their losses and to stabilise their lives. The deputy chairman asked the local authorities and functional forces of Muong La district to urgently search for the missing persons and pay attention to the lives of flood victims, especially families with members who have died or gone missing. According to the report from Muong La district’s Steering Committee for natural disaster prevention and search and rescue, as of Monday afternoon, the floods have taken the lives of ten people and left five others missing in Muong La. The disaster injured 13 people, damaged 398 houses, washed away roads, caused blackouts in five communes and 7,600 households were left isolated across seven communes in the district. Local authorities have mobilised over 3,500 search and rescue staff and soldiers to join with the locals in the district to overcome the consequences of the flood and to move people made homeless in the floods to safer places. The province has provided financial and food aid for families with dead, injured…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – A teaser trailer of Vietnamese movie Chi Pheo Ngoai Truyen (Chi Pheo’s Untold Stories) has been launched after its box office release date was shifted to September 15. Korean-American Ilram Choi, among the top 10 stuntmen in the world, plays the role of a murderer in Chi Pheo Ngoai Truyen movie, which is expected to be released in September 15. — Photo thegioidienanh.vn The trailer introduces the movie’s stars, including Korean-American Ilram Choi, among the top 10 stuntmen in the world, who plays the role of a murderer. Choi has performed stunt roles in popular Hollywood movies such as The Amazing Spider-man, Avatar, Thor and Guardians of the Galaxy. The movie also features comedians Thu Trang and Tien Luat, and young talent Kieu Minh Tuan. Pop star Phuong Thanh plays a supporting role. This is the first time that the husband-wife pair Tien Luat and Thu Trang are working in a movie together. “Choi is very professional. He works hard regardless of the scorching weather,” said Luat. Directed by Vietnamese-American Danny Do, Chi Pheo Ngoai Truyen, is about love, jealousy and murder. It is based on a book by writer Nam Cao, one of the great figures in Vietnamese literature, a tale of the decline in moral standards and loss of traditional values related to family and love in a colonial and semi-feudal society in the 1930s and 40s. “I love working to bring the genius of Nam Cao to young generations. His themes are intensely human,…... [read more]

HONG KONG: Ten beaches typically packed on a hot weekend were closed in Hong Kong on Sunday (Aug 6) due to a palm oil spillage from a ship collision in mainland Chinese waters. In this photograph taken and released by the South China Morning Post newspaper on Aug 6, 2017, congealed palm oil washes up on the shoreline at Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong. (Photo: Handout/SCMP/AFP) Photographs showed styrofoam-like clumps lining the shores, while the waters at a fishing village popular with tourists were seen covered in oil and rubbish. Hong Kong comprises more than 200 islands, many with popular beaches, but there are increasing concerns about pollution and rubbish blighting the city's shores. The government closed six beaches and hoisted warning flags after "white, oily substances" were spotted on the waters and sands off southern Hong Kong's outlying islands on Sunday morning, according to a statement. Four additional beaches on the southern coast of the main Hong Kong Island were shut when beach staffers found "white, granular substances" on them, the statement added. Despite the rise of debris on beaches, washed ashore from mainland China and other parts of Hong Kong, residents in areas affected by the spillage said they have never seen anything like the congealed oil lumps. "It had a sort of bubbly consistency," said a resident of Lamma Island quoted by the South China Morning Post, who…... [read more]

Together with strong interests in real estate, construction, and manufacturing, Singaporean investors have been trending towards healthcare and renewable energy projects in Vietnam to cash in on rising local demand and the government’s supporting policies. Bich Thuy reports. Singaporean firms are finding robust opportunities in a wide variety of local industries In April, SHS Holdings and Singapore’s Sinenergy Holdings signed a memorandum of understanding with Ninh Thuan province to develop a $360 million solar power and high-tech agriculture complex. The 300MW solar farm project is slated for completion in July 2019. That same month, Singapore-based The Blue Circle and Vietnam’s TSV commenced work on the Dam Nai wind farm in Ninh Thuan, marking the official entry of The Blue Circle into the local renewable energy market. The $80 million project is scheduled for completion in October 2018. According to the Singapore Business Association in Vietnam (SBAV), renewable energy is an emerging trend among Singaporean investors in Vietnam, where electricity consumption outpaced the country’s economic growth rate by two-fold over the past few years. Last year, Armstrong S.E. Clean Energy Fund, a dedicated renewable energy private equity fund based in Singapore, and IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, announced an investment in Gia Lai Electricity JSC (GEC), which is one of the largest private sector hydropower players in Vietnam. “With the current introduction of the feed-in-tariff of 9.35 US cents/kilowatt-hour and Decision…... [read more]

As the ASEAN bloc celebrates 50 years since its establishment on August 8, 1967 – with Vietnam present for 22 of those years – now seems an opportune time to look back on the successes of this bloc. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh talks VIR’s Thanh Tung about the positive effects that ASEAN membership has had on Vietnam in these years, and vice versa. What impacts has the ASEAN Community had on Vietnam’s expanding trade and in attracting foreign direct investment (FDI)? The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), which is one of the ASEAN Community’s three major pillars, is the realisation of the end goal of regional economic integration of the 10 ASEAN economies. It facilitates the free flow of goods, capital, services, investment, and skilled labour. AEC has created a single market home to a population of over 600 million people, with a GDP of about $3 trillion. ASEAN is now the world’s seventh-largest market. In terms of investment, Vietnam has received strong investments from ASEAN member states. This was seen not only after ASEAN became a community, but also before the community was born, thanks to the bloc’s agreements on fostering trade and investment. Regarding trade, since the community was established, the trade volume among ASEAN member states has soared. But this has not been the case for Vietnam, which has seen its trade with other ASEAN markets…... [read more]

The Tiny Houses Project's construction site, with cafe currently being built as well as a small house, is seen at the Bauhaus Archive Museum of Design, on the site in Berlin. Adam BERRY / AFP "I fetched my drill and collected some wood that I found randomly in the streets and brought it to the line where people were standing there bored to death and we just started building," the architect told AFP. The end products were pint-sized playhouses that children could crawl into for shelter as well as break up the monotony of the endless wait. It also marked the birth of the so-called Tiny House University, a project bringing together architects, designers and refugees to experiment with innovative ways to house a population in need. "We are trying to create new kinds of housing forms in society in which it's possible to live and survive without having land or money," said Le-Mentzel. The tiny house trend emerged several years ago, largely in the United States as people chose to downsize their living space out of environmental or financial concerns. In Berlin, it has been given a twist for contemporary needs. For a start, Le-Mentzel's team which includes six refugees, is collaborating with the Bauhaus Archiv to build 20 tiny houses occupying 10 square metres (100 square feet) each. Together, the houses will form a temporary village on exhibition until March 2018. Some will serve as lodging, while others are destined to be a library, cafe, workshop or community centre. Each…... [read more]

People walk to support AO victims (Source: VNA) HCM City (VNA) - A new centre that will offer rehabilitation and post-surgery care to Agent Orange victims will open by the end of the year in HCM City, according to the HCM City Association of Victims of Agent Orange. The Orange Village, also called the Centre for Care, Support, Nourishment and Treatment, and Vocational Training for Agent Orange Victims, will open in Hoc Mon District. Major General Tran Ngoc Tho, chairman of the association, said the centre would provide shelter and vocational training for AO victims to help them integrate into society. Tho spoke at a ceremony held on August 4 to mark the 56th Agent Orange Day in Vietnam, which falls on August 10. For years, AO victims have been taken care of at the Thien Phuoc Centre for Disabled Children in Cu Chi District and Hoa Binh Village at Tu Du Hospital. Although the Party and State have offered monthly financial aid and healthcare support, AO victims still face significant challenges, Tho said. Domestic and foreign support for AO victims play a vital role in helping them integrate into society, he said. The ceremony honoured organisations, enterprises and individuals that have worked with the Vietnam Association of Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin to support AO victims, including the HCM City Women’s Union, Tu Du Hospital, My Duc Hospital, Vietnam Red Cross Society’s HCM City chapter, and the Korean Cultural Centre in Vietnam. …... [read more]

A new centre that will offer rehabilitation and post-surgery care to Agent Orange victims will open by the end of the year in HCM City, according to the HCM City Association of Victims of Agent Orange.   Organisations, enterprises and individuals supporting the HCM City Association of Victims of Agent Orange were honored on August 4 at a ceremony to mark the 56th Agent Orange Day in Việt Nam, which falls on August 10.  The Orange Village, also called the Centre for Care, Support, Nourishment and Treatment, and Vocational Training for Agent Orange Victims, will open in Hóc Môn District. Major General Trần Ngọc Thổ, chairman of the association, said the centre would provide shelter and vocational training for AO victims to help them integrate into society. Thổ spoke at a ceremony held yesterday to mark the 56th Agent Orange Day in Việt Nam, which falls on August 10. For years, AO victims have been taken care of at the Thiên Phước Centre for Disabled Children in Củ Chi District and Hòa Bình Village at Từ Dũ Hospital. Although the Party and State have offered monthly financial aid and healthcare support, AO victims still face significant challenges, Thổ said. Domestic and foreign support for AO victims play a vital role in helping them integrate into society, he said. The ceremony honoured organisations, enterprises and individuals that have worked with the Việt Nam Association of Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin to support AO victims, including the HCM City Women’s Union, Từ Dũ…... [read more]




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