2.4 tonnes of elephant tusks seized at Haiphong Port Customs officials in the northern port city of Hai Phong have seized about 2.4 tonnes of elephant tusks smuggled from Malaysia. The cargo was found hidden inside a container imported from Malaysia, which had been declared as sea shells. The issuer of the declaration was Hoang Gia Exim Joint Stock Company located in Hai Phong City. The cargo has been kept by police for further investigation. Two weeks ago, another large seizure was made when the city's customs officers found more than 2 tonnes of elephant tusks and about 146 kilos of tortoise-shells hidden in a container from Malaysia. Viet Nam officially banned the trade of elephant tusks in 1994 under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora to discourage hunting of the country's dwindling population of elephants, which poachers value highly for their ivory. Hundreds of pigeons seized The Customs seized a truck illegally carrying … [Read more...] about 2.4 tonnes of elephant tusks seized at Haiphong Port
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Exhibition “Returning Day 1″ Opening: Sun 08 Feb 2015, 5 pm Exhibition: 08 – 12 Feb 2015 Vietnam Fine Arts Museum 66 Nguyen Thai Hoc St. Hanoi You are invited to a group exhibition titled “Returning Day 1″, which features 53 artworks by 7 painters and sculptors with different approaches in art. Artist Line-up: – Pham Ha Hai (1974) – Tran Manh Hung (1977) – Tran Ngoc Hung (1983) – Le Quoc Huy (1968) – Nguyen Anh Nguyet (1960) – Nguyen Khac Quan (1962) – Nguyen Xuan Tiep (1956) Film Screening “Princesas” Tue 10 Feb 2015, 7.30 pm La Bicicleta 44, lane 31 Xuan Dieu Str, Hanoi Welcome to the screening of film “Princesas” (2005, 113 mins). About the film Princesas is a 2005 film by Spanish director Fernando León de Aranoa. The Princesas in the film are two prostitutes: Caye, a Spaniard who is hiding her profession from her family, and Zulema, who is saving money to send to her family in … [Read more...] about EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR FEB. 1-10 (daily updated)
VietNamNet Bridge – Tension has been rising in the East Sea, with China’s escalating acts: establishing the so-called Shansha city, organizing a government election there, building military station, sending more than 20,000 fishing boats to the sea, etc. To provide more information for the readers, VietNamNet held online talks with Prof. Carl Thayer, from the Center for Defense and Strategic Studies (CDSS), Australian, a well-known expert on security in Southeast Asia, the East Sea and China. The East Sea disputes Prof. Carl Thayer. VietNamNet received a hundred questions from our readers. Below is the full content of the talks.China’s actions - a tit for tat What do you observe about the escalation of tension in the East Sea recently? What has driven the escalation? To what extent is a more confident, assertive China the cause for the tension?Prof. Carl Thayer: Three events precipitated a rise in tensions this year. … [Read more...] about Provoking a military dispute in the East Sea, China’s prestige would plummet
Foreign ministers at the ASEAN-Japan Ministerial Meeting as part of the 49th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting and related meetings (Photo: VNA) Vientiane (VNA) – The 49th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting issued a Joint communiqué in Vientiane on July 24. The following is the full text of the joint communiqué. “JOINT COMMUNIQUÉ OF THE 49th ASEAN FOREIGN MINISTERS’ MEETING VIENTIANE, 24 JULY 2016 ‘TURNING VISION INTO REALITY FOR A DYNAMIC ASEAN COMMUNITY’ We, the Foreign Ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), met on 24 July 2016 at the 49th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) in Vientiane, Lao PDR, under the theme “Turning Vision into Reality for a Dynamic ASEAN Community”. His Excellency Saleumxay Kommasith, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lao PDR, chaired the Meeting. ASEAN COMMUNITY BUILDING ASEAN Community Vision 2025 1. With the formal establishment of the ASEAN Community … [Read more...] about Joint Communiqué of the 49th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting
In the latest episode of the saga involving territorial disputes in South China Sea (SCS), Malaysia will reportedly lodge a formal diplomatic protest with China over the presence of a Chinese Coast Guard vessel near Luconia Shoals, a series of islets and reefs well within Malaysia’s claimed 200-nm exclusive economic zone. The Malaysian Prime Minister, Najib Razak, will supposedly “raise the issue directly with Chinese President Xi Jinping”. This recent round of somewhat vocal reaction from Malaysia with regard to perceived Chinese assertiveness in SCS represents, at least superficially, a departure from previous relatively low-key responses in similar instances. To better understand this apparent shift in Malaysian attitude toward alleged Chinese “incursion” into claimed Malaysian waters, the larger pictures of both regional outlooks and overall Sino-Malaysian relations should be taken into account. Malaysia assumed the annual rotating chairmanship of the … [Read more...] about Latest Sino-Malaysian encounter amidst South China Sea disputes – Whither the shift in Malaysian reaction?