Vietnam Rights Conference Goes Ahead Despite Police Harassment
Police harass and intimidate event organizers.

Tibetan Aid Groups Move to Help Quake Victims in Dartsedo
Damage to houses, school buildings and monasteries is extensive.

Cambodian Opposition Gets Final Approval to Broadcast Throughout Nation
The party is also pushing to get a television channel up and running.

‘Corrupt’ Officials in Laos Blamed Over Illegal Timber Trade with Vietnam
The smuggling of logs takes place through unofficial border crossings.

Tibetan Monk Detained After Solo Freedom Protest in Kardze
Police swarm area to question monks, close down Internet.

Myanmar President Says MPs Have ‘Responsibility’ to Amend Constitution
His statement comes ahead of six-leader talks on charter reform.

Journalists Beaten, Held As Police Clear Hong Kong Protest Site
Local reporters and rights activists say police targeting of the media is unacceptable.

Hong Kong Police Clear Democracy Protest in Mong Kok, Arrest Leaders
Thousands of riot police move against crowds, clearing the last sections of street.

Hong Kong student leaders arrested as police clear protest site
BY FARAH MASTER AND JAMES POMFRET Policemen clear a protest site on the main Nathan Road, which was occupied by pro-democracy protesters for weeks, at Mongkok district in Hong Kong November 26, 2014. A pro-democracy protester (L) shouts at the police as Joshua Wong (2nd L) and Lester Shum (R), both student leaders, hold back another protester behind a barricade at Mongkok shopping district in Hong Kong November 26, 2014. Policemen (top) urge pro-democracy protesters (bottom) to leave the main...

What China means by "democracy"
Xi has made clear that Western-style democracy is not for China, and under his leadership authorities have cracked down hard on lawyers and intellectuals who have pushed for constitutional and democratic rights.  BY G.E. | HONG KONG RECENTLY Tony Abbott , the prime minister of Australia, embarrassed himself a little by gushing over Xi Jinping ’s talk of China becoming “democratic”.  Specifically Xi said China had the goal of becoming “a modern socialist country that is prosperous, d...

These Are The High Tech Military Systems Japan Is Purchasing To Counter China
By JEREMY BENDER Japan Ground Self-Defense Force's Type-89 armored combat vehicles flare up a smoke screen during an annual live firing exercise Japan is becoming increasingly uncomfortable with China, its powerful and often aggressive neighbor. Although the two countries have sought to improve relations and find common ground over a daunting range of disagreements relating to everything from borders to Japanese actions during World War II, not much concrete progress has actually been ma...

This Epic Map Shows The Border Disputes That Could Tear Asia Apart
By JEREMY BENDER AND MIKE NUDELMAN As the US makes a military and strategic " pivot to Asia ," it is entering a highly complex and fluid geopolitical environment. China's territorial disputes with its neighbors in the South China Sea have become a major point of contention in the region and maybe even a source of future violent conflict — and the rising superpower is far from the only country in the area with conflicts on its borders. This map shows that the borders in Asia aren't nearly...

Xi Risks Silk Road Backlash to Remake China Center of World
By Ting Shi Xi Jinping, left, speaks with Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev, right, during a meeting in Astana, on Sept. 7, 2013. During Xi's visit he urged all countries along a New Silk Road Economic Belt to support each other on issues concerning sovereignty, territorial integrity, and security, while cracking down on the “evil forces” of "terrorism", extremism and separatism. Xi Jinping ’s grand plan to make China the center of the world again by reviving the ancient Silk Road t...

Vietnamese Journalist Brutally Beaten by Policemen in Ambush
His wife identifies the chief attacker as a police officer who had harassed him in the past.

Myanmar’s Parliament Calls For Urgent High-Level Talks on Charter Change
Lawmakers say the meeting could bolster reforms despite military opposition to constitutional amendments.

Tibetan Groups Ask UN Envoy to Scrutinize Rights Charges Against Beijing
They especially warn against tours 'staged' by Chinese officials.

Judge Puts Off Cambodian Activist Monk’s Hearing on Technical Grounds
But charges against Loun Sovath remain intact.

Seven Students of Jailed Uyghur Scholar Stand Trial For 'Separatism'
The students and their lawyer have rejected the charges against them at a court in Urumqi, Tohti's lawyer tweets.

Chinese Authorities Amputate Legs of Tibetan Self-Immolator
The Tibetan protester and his family are now under police watch at their home.

Police Fire Tear-Gas to Clear Hong Kong Democracy Protesters
Further operations to clear remaining protest sites are expected later this week.

Big Brother Spreads Cash and Seeks Influence in Pacific Region
By JANE PERLEZ BEIJING — When  Xi Jinping   visited the Australian state of Tasmania last week, he was greeted by a front page of the local newspaper written in Mandarin.  He ate the island’s salmon, which will soon be available in China, and met a rare beast known as the Tasmanian devil. While President Obama  quickly returned to the White House after a series of Asian summits, Xi kept going.  He spent more days than Mr. Obama did in Australia , America’s staunch all...

Vietnam warships visit Philippines amid South China Sea dispute
Reuters Vietnam on Tuesday showed off its two most powerful warships in the first-ever port call to the Philippines but an official said it was not trying to challenge China's superior naval forces amid tension in the South China Sea. Hanoi invited the diplomatic community to its Russian-built missile-guided frigates docked in Manila Bay at the start of a three-day goodwill visit. China lays claim to almost all of the entire South China Sea, believed to be rich minerals and oil-and-gas deposi...

A Nation of Thieves and Poachers
Philippines fines Chinese fishermen $102,000 each for poaching Reuters A group of Chinese fishermen leave a court in Puerto Princesa in the Philippines on Nov. 24. A Philippine court on Monday fined nine Chinese fishermen $102,000 each after they were caught with hundreds of sea turtles in a disputed shoal in the South China  Sea amid a festering territorial standoff between the two sides. China claims almost all of the entire South China Sea, believed to be rich with minerals and oil-an...

MPs’ trip to China cancelled after row over Hong Kong protests debate
Cross-party delegation calls off visit after Beijing refuses visa to Tory MP and former diplomat Richard Graham By Nicholas Watt Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi (right) meets with British foreign secretary Philip Hammond (left), 24 November 2014.  A visit by a cross-party group of parliamentarians to China, led by Peter Mandelson , has been cancelled at the last minute after Beijing refused to grant a visa to a Conservative MP in retaliation for a Westminster debate on the recent p...

China, Russia and the Sinatra doctrine
Beijing and Moscow are pushing for a reordering of world affairs based on ‘spheres of influence’.  If despotic countries, such as Russia and China, are conceded a sphere of influence in their neighbourhoods, they are implicitly granted a veto over the policies pursued by nominally independent nations. By Gideon Rachman For centuries European navies roamed the world’s seas – to explore, to trade, to establish empires and to wage war. So it will be quite a moment when the Chinese navy...

Chinese general caught with tonne of cash
Charles Clover and Jamil Anderlini in Beijing Xu Caihou When investigators searched the Beijing home of Xu Caihou , one of China’s highest-ranking army generals, they found so much cash and precious gems they needed a week to count it all and 12 trucks to haul it away. The cash was neatly stacked in boxes, each with the name of the soldier who had paid the bribe in exchange for promotion up the chain of command.  Many of the boxes, each containing millions of renminbi, had never been ope...

PLA base on Fiery Cross Reef could tip balance in South China Sea
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/ Fiery Cross Reef (Đá Chữ Thập) will be renamed an "island" as it is expanded into a key military base for the PLA. China appears to be building a military base on the newly expanded Fiery Cross Reef  (Đá Chữ Thập)  in the Spratly Islands in an attempt to tip the balance of territorial disputes in the South China Sea in Beijing's favor, reports Hong Kong newspaper Ming Pao. Over the past year, Beijing has been particularly aggressive in conducting recla...

China defies U.S. call to stop island project in South China Sea
Reuters A Chinese Coast Guard vessel (R) passes near the Chinese oil rig, Haiyang Shi You 981 (L) in the South China Sea, about 210 km (130 miles) from the coast of Vietnam June 13, 2014. China on Monday hit back at "irresponsible remarks" from the United States which has called on Beijing to stop a land reclamation project in the disputed South China Sea that could be large enough to accommodate an airstrip. China lays claim to almost all of the entire South China Sea, believed to be rich wi...

Prosecution of Uighur Students Underscores Perils of Chinese Clampdown
By ANDREW JACOBS Ilham Tohti BEIJING — Ambitious and fluent in Mandarin, the young Uighur strivers from the Xinjiang region of northwest China had earned coveted slots at the nation’s top university for ethnic minorities.  Most were the first in their families to attend college. But since last January, at least five men and women who attended Minzu University in Beijing have been incommunicado after they were swept up by Chinese security forces alongside their mentor, Ilham Tohti , a pro...

Despite Persecution, Guardian of Lake Tai Spotlights China’s Polluters
“I’ve come to realize the root of the problem is the system itself.” -- Wu Lihong By ANDREW JACOBS The environmental activist Wu Lihong was jailed for speaking out about pollution in China’s Lake Tai. Now he is free, but he is still protesting the industrial waste that streams into the lake.  ZHOUTIE, China — By autumn, the stench of Lake Tai and the freakish green glow of its waters usually fade with the ebbing of the summer heat, but this year is different.  Standing on a concrete...

Most Beautiful Photos Of Wonderful China
By Jade Small With China’s economic growth of more than 10%, the environment was forced to take a back seat.  It’s the most populous country on earth and it is starting to show increased incidences of birth defects and some of the dirtiest air in the world.  It's so bad a new word for it has been coined: “Smogpocalypse” The following photographs shows to prove that economic growth comes at a cost, and the long-term effects are still greatly unclear. Thank you to National Geographic ...

Confront China on rights: last British HK governor
Chris Patten said that the US should not fear economic repercussions because China needs the US, as a US report cited military intimidation Reuters Countries should not be afraid to stand up to China over democratic rights in Hong Kong, the last British governor of the territory said on Thursday. Former Hong Kong governor Chris Patten rejected Chinese charges that Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters were puppets of foreigners as a “slur” on a “wonderfully principled” movement. It is important ...

Sex Scandals and Victim-Blaming Bedevil Chinese Universities
Professors are harassing students, then facing surprisingly light punishment. BY TOM BAXTER Reporting sexual harassment and bringing culprits to justice isn't easy anywhere, and Chinese universities are no exception.  In the past two months, two sensational cases have highlighted the social shame and institutional barriers that female students in China face when professors abuse positions of power -- and the progress that's already being made to ensure they face real consequences. On Nov...

Territorial Disputes and China's Fisher Militia
Chinese fishermen have been baiting people instead of fish in the service of PRC interests in asserting military supremacy. By Emmanuel And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Xi Jinping 4:19) Order of combat: Chinese boats banded together with ropes, chased by a coastguard helicopter and rubber boats, after illegal fishing in South Korean waters in the Yellow Sea. Nov. 16, 2011 Since it's the weekend, let's try something different.  By now everyone knows C...

How the United States can counter the Axis of Evil
By Ely Ratner and Thomas Wright From left to right, President Obama, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the APEC Summit in Beijing this month.  The unraveling of the Middle East under the weight of the Sunni-Shiite rivalry and the rise of the Islamic State is enough of a national security challenge to keep the United States busy for a decade or more. But with more and more American advisers on the ground in Iraq — and a steady stream of videotaped atroci...

美国问题的最终解决 Die Endlösung der Amerikanischfrage
China's State Media Finally Ran An Article About Nuclear Strikes Against The U.S. By JEREMY BENDER A map published by a state-sponsored Chinese newspaper showing a nuclear strike against Los Angeles. Transformers 5 finale: Hollywood obliterated by China's DF-41. China has entertained the threat of nuclear strikes against west coast cities such as Los Angeles and Seattle, the annual 2014 congressional report from the US China Economic and Security Review Commission states .  Acc...

Ridicule With Chinese Characteristics
China Tried To Get World Internet Conference Attendees To Ratify This Farcical Draft Declaration By Catherine Shu  This week, China hosted its first World Internet Conference in Wuzhen.  The irony of a country with  the strictest online censorship laws in the world holding an event with the theme “interconnected world, shared and governed by all” was underscored yesterday, when the events’ organizers made a pro-forma attempt to get attendees to approve a draft declaration by sl...

The End of China’s Economic Miracle
Debt and corruption are hobbling the Asian giant. By Bob Davis On a trip to China in 2009, I climbed to the top of a 13-story pagoda in the industrial hub of Changzhou, not far from Shanghai, and scanned the surroundings.  Construction cranes stretched across the smoggy horizon, which looked yellow in the sun.  My son Daniel, who was teaching English at a local university, told me, “Yellow is the color of development.” During my time in Beijing as a Journal reporter covering China’s...

Creepy expansionism: China building airstrip-capable island on Fiery Cross Reef
China is reclaiming land at Fiery Cross Reef (Đá Chữ Thập) in the Spratly Islands, according to satellite imagery The reclamation, which started in August, is creating a land mass large enough for a 3,000 m-long airstrip James Hardy, London and Sean O'Connor, Indiana China is building an island at least 3,000 m long on Fiery Cross Reef (Đá Chữ Thập) that could be the site for its first airstrip in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. Satellite imagery of the island taken on 8...

China building island in South China Sea big enough for military installations
The work is visible in satellite images and runs counter to calls from the US for an easing of provocative activity in the much-disputed territory Reuters  Airbus Defence and Space imagery dated 14 November 2014 shows Chinese land reclamation operations under way at Fiery Cross Reef (Đá Chữ Thập) in the South China Sea. Multiple operating dredgers provide the ability to generate terrain rapidly. Operating from a harbour area, dredgers deliver sediment via a network of piping. Satellite i...

Saying “No” To Better Serve Patients
Commentary: The retina allows physicians to look into the vascular and nervous systems of the body. These sometimes allow the physicians to make diagnosis of neuro-vascular diseases sooner.     From: Tây Sơn News Wire

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

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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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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