Vietnam’s Police Investigation Reforms Need More Work
Revised rules are not sufficient enough to prevent abuse of power, a rights group and activists say.

'Everyone is Responsible For This Evil'
An RFA reporter describes life under China's Red Guards.

More Than 1,000 Faintings Reported in Cambodian Factories This Year
A trade union says factories are lax on safety regulations.

Rights Activists, Journalists Slam China's Televised Confessions
Critics hit out at state-run broadcaster CCTV for subverting judicial processes.

Chinese Cartoonist Fears Return Home Amid Online 'Traitor' Campaign
'Perverted Chili Pepper' says he fears he will be detained by the authorities over his hard-hitting political satire.

In China, Myths of Social Cohesion
China’s Communist Party has devoted enormous resources to composing historical narratives that seek to legitimize its rule and obfuscate its failures.  By ANDREW JACOBS A man poses for a picture with a woman dressed as the Fragrant Concubine, left, at the Afaq Khoja Mausoleum. KASHGAR, China — They come for the camel rides, the chance to dress up like a conquering Qing dynasty soldier or to take selfies in front of one of the most historic Islamic shrines in Xinjiang, the sprawling regio...

China’s maritime feud with Vietnam ensnares fishermen
As Beijing pours resources into beefing up its militarised coastguard, fewer Chinese fishing boats are being boarded by Vietnamese authorities By Ben Marino in Sanya, China As Liang Ya Pai pulls out a nautical map of the South China Sea, he points to a string of resource-rich islands claimed by both Hanoi and Beijing. Mr Liang, the skipper of a Chinese fishing boat docked in the port of Sanya, and fishermen like him ply their trade in waters close to the Paracel Islands. The islands are claim...

Clive Palmer stirs up Sino-Australian relations
“I don’t mind standing up against the Chinese bastards and stopping them taking Australia’s resources.” -- Clive Palmer By Mark Wembridge in Hong Kong Clive Palmer , the mining tycoon turned lawmaker , has thrown a spanner in Australia-Sino relations after launching a tirade against the Chinese, dubbing them “bastards” and “mongrels” who shoot their own citizens. In a nationally televised outburst, the maverick Australian member of parliament on Monday evening accused Beijing of trying t...

North Korea Moved Some Of Its Most Advanced Weaponry To The Chinese Border In A Sign Of Rising Tensions
By JEREMY BENDER Tanks roll past the podium during a military parade in Pyongyang on April 15, 2012, to celebrate the centenary of the birth of North Korea's founder Kim Il-sung. In a sign of the continuing decline in relations between North Korea and China, Pyongyang moved a number of tanks and armored vehicles away from South Korea to the Chinese border, according to The Chosun Ilbo , citing an anonymous source. North Korea has reportedly deployed 80 tanks to Ryanggang Province, direct...

Five Tibetans Reported Dead in Custody in Western China
By CHRIS BUCKLEY HONG KONG — Five Tibetans have died in police custody in southwestern China after a protest last week during which residents were shot and wounded, according to the exiled Tibetan government and other groups abroad. The accounts described a flaring of tensions in a mountainous area of Sichuan Province that has long been in turmoil over the Chinese government’s rule. The reports of deaths and bloodshed have not been confirmed by Chinese state news media, and public security an...

Lao Official, Developer Contradict on Don Sahong Dam Construction
Laos says the project is suspended, but the builder says work continues.

Cambodian Rights Group Pushes For Family Visits For CNRP Detainees
LICADHO says refusal to let families visit the detained opposition party youth leaders violates basic rights.

Freedom of Navigation and China: What Should Europe Do?
  It is in Europe’s interests to join in defending the concept of freedom of navigation.   By Edward Schwarck Europe should take note of the challenge that China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi set the United States at the ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting earlier this month.  In remarks to the press, Wang challenged Washington’s advocacy of high seas freedoms by arguing that the “current situation of the South China Sea is generally stable, and the freedom of navigation there ha...

A sense of destiny inspires China’s maritime claims
    Beijing is seeking to turn the South China Sea into a ‘Chinese lake’   By Philip Bowring China’s creeping occupation of the South China Sea is not primarily motivated by oil, let alone by its diminishing stock of fish. It is about two things: strategic position, and what the nationalists running the country today view as its “manifest destiny”, to borrow a phrase from American history. The sense that China is entitled to possession of this sea lies deep in the nation’s...

How Clive Palmer exposed the truth about Chinese mongrels
With Disparaging Remark, Clive Palmer Inflames Australia-China Ties By Bruce Einhorn Australian Member of Parliament and mining tycoon Clive Palmer Not long ago, mining tycoon Clive Palmer was eager to work closely with Chinese partners.  In particular, the Australian businessman-turned-politician teamed up with state-owned Citic Pacific on a $2.5 billion plan to extract low-grade iron ore from the outback, the world’s biggest such project. Palmer doesn’t seem to feel as positive ab...

Ethnic Mongolian Herders Evicted From Grasslands by China's Army
Contracts leasing the grasslands still had 17 years to run, local residents say.

Tibetan Monk Freed From Prison After Serving Full Term
He was linked to a self-immolation protest challenging Chinese rule.

Lawyers Expelled From Falun Gong Trial After Asking For New Judge
The defense attorneys believe the judge and prosecutors are incapable of offering their clients a fair trial.

Cambodia Orders Halt to Anti-Vietnamese Protests After Flag Burning Incident
Cambodian parliament president expresses ‘regret’ to Vietnamese PM.

China to Press Ahead With Financing of Lao Railway Project
Beijing says it will speed up studies on project cost.

North Korea Clears Proposed Tourist Zone of Residents, Businesses
Thousands of families are being forcibly resettled and businesses shut down or closed.

Three More Detained Tibetan Protesters Die From Gunshot Wounds
Many still languish in detention with bullets embedded in their bodies.

China Vows Clampdown on 'Illegal' Organ Transplant Trade
The move is a tacit admission of a booming unofficial market in transplant organs.

Vietnamese Singer Viet Dzung Honored With Highway Naming
Commentary: It is a rare honor that a Vietnamese American get the streets to be named after. Viet Dzung, multi-talented entertainer of the Vietnamese diaspora, who suddenly passed away last year, was honored by the California State Legislature with the … Continue reading → From: Tây Sơn News Wire

The Great South China Sea Clash: China vs. Vietnam
In Asia's Cauldron, Beijing and Hanoi are playing a dangerous game—and the stakes could not get any higher. By Richard Javad Heydarian Alarmed by almost four months of intense maritime jostling between Chinese and Vietnamese naval forces, which sparked the greatest diplomatic crisis between the two Communist states since the end of Cold War, China’s recent  decision to withdraw its state-of-the-art oil rig from Vietnam 200-nautical-miles Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) was cautiously welco...

Private-sector corruption with Chinese characteristics
Buffett would have picked the lucrative markets the government has chosen By Joe Zhang In the past year and a half, China has arrested thousands of public officials, to much applause at home and abroad.  The highest-profile cases concern high-ranking Communist party officials such as Zhou Yongkang , the former security chief.  But when business executives have been the target, the anti-corruption campaign takes on a more insidious tinge.  While private-sector wrongdoing has bee...

Nhìn vào phong trào 'thoát Trung'
Hội nghị Thành Đô 1990 mở đầu cho thời kỳ đô hộ mới của Trung Quốc với Việt Nam. Nguyễn Hùng Hàng vạn người Việt khắp nơi xuống đường phản đối TQ trong thời gian qua Những đòi hỏi thay đổi mối quan hệ 'vừa là đồng chí, vừa là anh em' giữa hai nước cộng sản Việt Nam và Trung Quốc không phải là điều mới. Nhưng việc các nhà lãnh đạo Bắc Kinh cho hạ đặt giàn khoan trong vùng biển mà Hà Nội coi là vùng kinh tế đặc quyền của mình đã thổi lửa làm bùng lên phong trào 'thoát Trung' đã âm ỉ từ lâu. Thự...

China-US Tensions Heat Up Over Disputed Sea
“It’s too early to say the nightmare is over between China and Vietnam.” -- Xiaohe Cheng  by Shannon Van Sant U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, shakes hands with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi as they pose for photos before their meeting at the 47th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Aug. 9,2014. Chinese state media accuse the United States of inflaming tensions in the South China Sea as Secretary of State John Kerry wraps up his trip to the region during w...

Censorship at China Studies Meeting
"North American universities permit Confucius Institutes to advance a state agenda in the recruitment and control of academic staff, in the choice of curriculum, and in the restriction of debate." -- American Association of University Professors By Elizabeth Redden Amid increasing concerns that Western universities may stand to compromise their academic integrity in collaborating with the Chinese government-funded Confucius Institutes, the reported censorship of conference materials at the re...

US Says China Responsible for South China Sea Tensions
The United States accuses China of fomenting instability by its aggressive actions. By Victor Beattie U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, foreground third left, poses for a group picture with foreign ministers before commencing the 4th East Asia Summit (EAS) Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. WASHINGTON—The United States says it is trying to lower tensions in the South China Sea and accused China of "fomenting instability" by its "aggressive actions....

China’s Power Politics
By JOHN GARNAUT SYDNEY, Australia — The four Chinese characters that heralded  Xi Jinping ’s war against corruption in a speech by a political ally in December 2011 can easily lose impact in translation.  “Life-and-death struggle,” while idiomatic in English, is too passive.  “Do-or-die” lacks the necessary intent. “The crude, word-for-word translation better captures the essence,” said Charles Qin , a professional translator.  “You die, I live.” At first glance, the July ...

China said it was coming after western companies...
after having stolen all foreign technology By Scott Cendrowski Don't say we didn't warn you. Microsoft, Audi, Chrysler and others are facing pressures from Chinese regulators that have been building for years. After Chinese authorities raided four Microsoft offices in an anti-monopoly investigation last week and vowed to punish Audi and Chrysler for essentially charging unfair prices, the reactions of foreigners hit a similar note: can you believe it—China’s now coming after our com...

China's Trade War
China vs. Western companies: Best defense is a strong offense by Minxin Pei Western companies should fight against Beijing’s latest monopoly investigations by following China’s legal procedure, demanding transparency, and getting the facts out. For more than three decades, Chinese leaders have told foreign CEOs who make the trip to Beijing that they are “friends of China.”  In many ways, it is true.  It is hard to think of a group that has done so much to bring China into the global...

Vietnam Gives Brief Show of Openness in Standoff With China
By AUSTIN RAMZY Vietnamese Coast Guard crew members guided their vessel outside Da Nang harbor on their way to a Chinese oil rig located in disputed waters near the Paracel Islands. The reporters’ trip with the Vietnamese Coast Guard started with a meal, and the meal started with toasts. Lt. Col. Tran Quang Tuan , the deputy chief of the Vietnamese Coast Guard for the central northern part of the country, toasted each group of reporters by nationality — United States, Britain, France, Japan a...

China’s military provocation in the Pacific an accident waiting to happen
Provocative incidents in the air and on the sea, initiated by Chinese vessels or planes, are both getting worse By GREG SHERIDAN  Activist and former policeman Abner Afuang prepares to burn a Chinese flag during a protest in front of the national press club building in Manila on February 6, 2014, in support of Philippine President Benigno Aquino, a day after the president called for world leaders not to make the mistake of appeasing China as it seeks to cement control over contested...

Film-maker defies China's censors to reveal horrors of the Great Famine
Hu Jie's documentaries tells story of students whose criticisms of Maoist excesses cost them their lives By Tania Branigan Hu Jie's documentaries trace the Maoist excesses of the 1950s to 1970s.  For modern Chinese students it is not the Great Famine but the Three Years of Difficulties.  The catastrophe remains so sensitive that their history books do not document how many starved to death, or why.  Yet more than 50 years ago, at the height of the disaster, a handful of their p...

China, Philippines Argue Over South China Sea Plan
Philippines Accuses Beijing of Aggressively Pursuing Territorial Claims; China Rejects Philippine Proposal By CHUN HAN WONG Foreign ministers from China and the Philippines shake hands during the ASEAN-China Ministerial Meeting in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, on Saturday.  NAYPYITAW, Myanmar—China and the Philippines traded barbs over recent maritime tensions at a weekend gathering of regional foreign ministers, as Manila appeared to win muted support from Southeast Asian neighbors for its propos...

U.S., China tussle over sea claims
The meeting setting in Burma is itself symbolic of the rivalry for influence.  By Anne Gearan  NAYPYIDAW, Burma — The Obama administration insists it isn’t having a contest with China for influence and leadership in Southeast Asia, but both sides were clearly keeping score at a weekend meeting of regional foreign ministers here. China rebuffed a U.S.-backed proposal for a freeze on “provocative acts” in disputed waters of the South China Sea, but U.S. officials still claimed victory...

China’s Energetic Enforcement of Antitrust Rules Alarms Foreign Firms
By NEIL GOUGH, CHRIS BUCKLEY and NICK WINGFIELD Microsoft was surprised when officials raided its offices in China. HONG KONG — When almost 100 government antitrust investigators simultaneously marched into four of Microsoft’s offices across China late last month, they were not looking for tea and gossip. In what Microsoft characterized internally as “surprise visits,” the agents from China’s State Administration for Industry and Commerce interrogated a company vice president and other senior...

Chinese Barbarity and Pseudo-Medicine
Extinction By Traditional Chinese Medicine -- An Environmental Disaster By James Conca Rhino poaching has escalated in recent years and is being driven by the demand for rhino horn in China and Vietnam As China’s massive energy and economic development spawns the largest middle class in history, it’s also creating the largest upper and middle class population on the planet.  And they are causing another type of environmental disaster – extinction of endangered species through poaching. A...

A View From the Sea, as China Flexes Muscle
Vietnam’s inability to block HD 981 will give China confidence about its ability to drill in contested locations.  By AUSTIN RAMZY Fishermen in Da Nang. On a two-day trip from that port, a Vietnamese vessel encountered some 70 Chinese ships.  ABOARD CSB-8003, in the South China Sea — As the large white Chinese ship closed in, the smaller Vietnamese Coast Guard vessel could only veer off, black exhaust billowing from its stack.  The Vietnamese vessel had advanced to within 13 mi...

Promotion Ceremony of Brigadier General Viet Luong Celebrated By Vietnamese Community
This morning,  Colonel Viet Xuan Luong made history by becoming the first Vietnamese-born to get promoted to Brigadier General of the U.S. military, the world’s most powerful military. Not too long ago, Vietnamese military men’s competence and aptitude were usually questioned by … Continue reading → From: Tây Sơn News Wire

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Appreciation of Patient’s Family In Midwest Gives Faith In Humanity (Doctor-Patient Relation)
I believe that patient’s appreciation is better than any highest award that can be bestowed on a physician or healthcare provider. The ideals of aspiring physicians are to help and serve the patients. However, the healthcare system’s demands and regulations continue … Continue reading → From: Tây Sơn News Wire

UN pledges to support Vietnam in guaranteeing human rights - GlobalPost
UN pledges to support Vietnam in guaranteeing human rights GlobalPost 3 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations (UN) pledged to support Vietnam in ensuring and promoting human rights through the 2012-2016 UN One Plan, said UN Resident Coordinator Pratibha Mehta on Tuesday. Addressing the launching of the Universal Periodic  ...

UN Experts Condemn Detention of Vietnamese Blogger Le Quoc Quan - Global Voices Online
Global Voices Online UN Experts Condemn Detention of Vietnamese Blogger Le Quoc Quan Global Voices Online A UN group of human rights experts has found that the detention of Vietnamese blogger and human rights defender Le Quoc Quan stands in violation of his right to freedom of expression and a fair trial. Le Quoc Quan was arrested in December 2012 on  ...

Kindness One: Motorcycle causes a heap of travel trouble in Vietnam - Los Angeles Times
Kindness One: Motorcycle causes a heap of travel trouble in Vietnam Los Angeles Times As I tried to enter Vietnam from Cambodia, things were not looking good. I had encountered border troubles before. The Thai border guards didn't seem to know what to make of me and my bright yellow motorcycle. I spent six hours at the border trying to  ...

Children in Vietnamese commune received beans instead of vitamin A - UPI.com
Children in Vietnamese commune received beans instead of vitamin A UPI.com CAM TRUNG, Vietnam, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- A population coordinator in a rural Vietnamese commune distributed beans to children he claimed to be vitamin A, health officials said. Parents brought their young children to a Cam Trung commune clubhouse Sunday  ...

Vietnam Vet Wins $12 Million Malpractice Settlement From VA Hospital - CBS Local
Vietnam Vet Wins $12 Million Malpractice Settlement From VA Hospital CBS Local CHICAGO (CBS) — A Chicago-area Vietnam veteran will get a $12 million medical malpractice settlement from the federal government. John Johnson was a Vietnam Veteran and heart patient. He went in for oral surgery at the Hines V.A. Hospital in 2007,  ...

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