VietNamNet Bridge - Why does Laos insist on building more hydroelectric dams when Vietnam and many other countries believe that it is not the optimal solution for energy, environmental and societal development? While waiting for diplomatic results, Vietnam needs to actively consider possible scenarios while seeking all possible solutions. However, according to Duong Van Ni from Can Tho University, the benefits to Laos won’t be much because profits will go into investors’ pockets. Solutions RELATED NEWS Proposed hydropower plant in Laos to affect lower Mekong River in Vietnam Vietnam urges Laos to rethink Mekong River dams Dat Viet … [Read more...] about Water security from a geopolitical perspective
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VietNamNet Bridge - Its current row with two Southeast Asian countries in the South China Sea (East Sea) has alarmed many observers. But a similar spat with Japan shows that conflict isn’t inevitable. The past year has been a difficult one for the coastal states of the East Sea and there are number of indications that China’s decade long restraint is at an end. In 2010, rumours abounded that Beijing considered the East Sea a ‘core interest,’ and China symbolically planted a flag on the seafloor. Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi’s hysterical response to US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton’s restatement of US policy towards the dispute, meanwhile, seemed to be overkill. The first half of 2011 has been similar. Chinese vessels, both civilian and government, have interfered with Philippine and Vietnamese survey activities in disputed waters, and Chinese vessels continue to fire at rival fishermen. This behaviour seems to confirm … [Read more...] about Why not to sweat about China
VietNamNet Bridge – Mekong River Delta may turn into a desert sea if 12 dams for hydropower plants are built on the river upstream, according to Nguyen Huu Thien, MA, an independent researcher about the possible impacts on the ecosystem of Mekong Delta. Rivers would die, sea would swallow Mekong River Delta The Mekong Delta, with the length of 4800 kilometers, which flows through the territories of six countries, is the home to 60 million people. To date, governments of the countries have drawn up 12 projects on building dams for hydropower plants on Mekong Delta. Vietnamese scientists have warned that if the projects become true, they would do more harm than good to the Mekong River Delta. Experts said at the workshop discussing the possible impacts of the dams on the ecosystem held in Can Tho City on July 28, that if all the 12 hydropower projects are implemented, the volume of electricity Vietnam would only be able to import from the projects would account for less than … [Read more...] about Hydropower plants’ dams will turn Mekong Delta into desert
Why We Have To Take Coals To Newcastle By Son Nghia The fact behind the truth that Vietnam has to import a huge amount of feed materials when it has high agricultural production compared to the world’s average Vietnam is currently in the corn harvest season. However, Pham Duc Binh, director of Thanh Binh Joint Stock Company, an animal feed manufacturer in Dong Nai Province, could not source 10,000 metric tons of corn needed for one month’s feed production at his plant last month. “Our procurement group has tried their best, but they still couldn’t manage to buy enough corn from local sources. By comparison, it is quite convenient to buy corn from overseas — orders can be placed online and delivery is prompt,” Binh says. Thanh Binh’s problem is typical of the challenge facing livestock feed producers. The severe shortage of feed materials has forced producers in Vietnam to spend billions of U.S. dollars annually on imports to make exports. This … [Read more...] about Why We Have To Take Coals To Newcastle
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?