VietNamNet Bridge - The specter of a China with rising influence in the world has long provoked anxiety here in America. Like a speeding car that suddenly fills the rearview mirror, China has grown stronger and bolder and has done it quickly: Not only does it hold colossal amounts of American currency and boast a favorable trade deficit, it has increasingly been able to play the heavy with other nations. China is forging commercial relationships with African and Middle Eastern countries that can provide it natural resources, and has the clout to press its prerogatives in more local disputes with its Asian neighbors—including last week’s face-off with Vietnam in the South China Sea (East Sea). With China emerging more forcefully onto the world stage, understanding its foreign policy is becoming increasingly important. But what exactly is that policy, and how is it made? As scholars look deeper into China’s approach to the world around it, what they are … [Read more...] about How China sees the world
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Monsanto facing global resistance, but Vietnam welcomes Agent Orange maker and dubious technology Worker Javier Alcantar tends to corn crops at the Monsanto Co. test field in Woodland, California, US, on August 10, 2012. Monsanto Co., an American multinational agricultural biotechnology corporation, is the world's leading producer of the herbicide glyphosate and the largest producer of genetically engineered (GE) seed. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG Thuy frowned and almost immediately shook her head when asked if any of the foods sold at her supermarket carried genetically modified (GM) labels. "Labeling is not our company policy," the employee of a Co.opmart supermarket outlet in Ho Chi Minh City's District 1 said. "But why do you have to bother about it? Is it because GM foods are better?" Her question was neither rhetorical nor ironic. Thuy is among many people in Vietnam who are essentially clueless about and indifferent to the worldwide debate raging around genetically modified … [Read more...] about US “bullying’ developing nations to accept genetically modified organisms
Tang Xili came to Japan in 2013, hoping to earn enough in three years to build a new home for her daughter. Instead, she ended up in a labor-union shelter, after leaving an employer she says owes her about 3.5 million yen ($31,000) in unpaid wages. The 35-year-old from Yizheng City in China says she worked long hours, six days a week, was paid less than the minimum-wage rate for her overtime, and couldn’t change her employer because of the terms of her visa. “I really regret coming to Japan,” she said at the shelter in Hashima, Gifu Prefecture in central Japan, where she is staying in an effort to get her back wages. “I won’t recommend that my friends come here to suffer.” Tang is among more than 180,000 foreign workers in Japan who gained employment permits as part of a government program to train people from developing nations with skills they could use back home. Instead, the plan became a way for some Japanese companies to circumvent the … [Read more...] about How Japan exploits low-paid foreign workers
PANO - Recently, some China’s orthodox mass media, including the Global Times, the International Herald Leader published articles on China’s illegal placement of the drilling rig Haiyang Shiyou-981 deep in Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone and continental shelf. These articles are written by Ke Xiaozhai, Zun Xiaoying, Lu Jianren of the Southeast Asia Research Institute under the Guangxi University. A Vietnamese researcher Hoang Truong, out of his curiosity had thoroughly read these articles and arrived at a conclusion that these articles are nothing but the chaotic and unscientific arguments on the phenomenon and nature of the incident. The researcher, in his writing to the People’s Army Newspaper on June 7th, cited the article of Ke Xiaozhai with the so called scientific analysis of the four labyrinths that drive Vietnam to take adventurous acts. Having read the article, researcher Hoang Truong stated that what Ke Xiaozhai had written proved that the author … [Read more...] about Why Chinese scholars under the cloak of scientists act unscientifically?
Last week, Viet Nam News invited its readers to comment on the new measure initiated by the HCM City Police to restrict the cash traffic policemen on duty can carry to VND100,000 (US$5) in an effort to address bribery. Here are some of the letters we have received. Tho Nguyen, Vietnamese, HCM City This week: On December 9, a workshop held in Ha Noi to discuss the problems facing Vietnamese gays and lesbians revealed that a large number of homosexual teenagers were bullied and isolated at school. A counsellor from a centre for lesbians said out of thousands who called her centre for advice, 10 per cent had attempted to commit suicide and the remaining 90 per cent had considered it. The major reason was social discrimination. The mother of a gay youth who had been ill treated because of his sexuality said she hoped for some education at schools to promote students’ awareness of homosexuality and prevent discrimination against gays and lesbians. She said something must be … [Read more...] about There has to be a better way to stop corruption