Factory Owners Boycott Wage Talks for Cambodian Garment Workers
They skip the first meeting since strikes were crushed in January.

Vietnamese Communists Deceived Public About Official Requiem For ARVN Fallen Soldiers
Commentary: Facing to the rising assertive and bullying behavior of Chinese in East Sea/South China Sea/West Philippines Sea over the past few years, nationalism and patriotism have also risen among the democracy activists. Vietnamese public has been pushing for official … Continue reading → From: Tây Sơn News Wire

Divisional Chief Minister Charged with Negligence in Myanmar Fire
The rare charges of a high-ranking official highlight changes in the reforming country.

China's Complaints Ban Could Spark 'More Extreme' Protests
New rules say complaints against the government must be dealt with at the local level.

Tibetan Mine Protesters Detained in Palyul
They had led resistance to Chinese efforts to force the sale of land believed to contain gold.

25 Years After Tiananmen, Calls for Officials to Disclose Assets Still Unmet
By DIDI KIRSTEN TATLOW   Students demonstrating in Tiananmen Square during the 1989 democracy movement. Twenty-five years, two events, one plea: A quarter-century after the crushing of the Tiananmen democracy movement, which was driven in large part by the desire to end corruption, people are still calling on China’s wealthy leaders and their families to reveal their financial assets. Protesting students demanded asset disclosure for the first time on Tiananmen Square in Beijing on April...

China Challenges Obama’s Asia Pivot With Rapid Military Buildup
By David J. Lynch  President Barack Obama ’s trip to Asia this week will be dominated by a country he’s not even visiting: China. Each of the four nations on the president’s itinerary is involved in territorial disputes with an increasingly assertive China.  And years of military spending gains have boosted the capabilities of the People’s Liberation Army faster than many defense analysts expected, casting a shadow over relations between China and its neighbors and sparking doubts a...

China Splurging on Military as US Pulls Back
By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN  China's navy commissioned 17 new warships last year, the most of any nation.  In a little more than a decade, it's expected to have three aircraft carriers, giving it more clout than ever in a region of contested seas and festering territorial disputes. Those numbers testify to huge increases in defense spending that have endowed China with the largest military budget behind the United States and fueled an increasingly large and sophisticated defense industry....

China's threat: Obama says US will defend Japanese islands
President on state visit to Japan warns against challenge to Tokyo's administration of Senkaku islands By  Justin McCurry in Tokyo and Tania Branigan in Beijing Barack Obama, pictured with Shinzo Abe, has said Japan is in charge of the Senkaku islands and they are covered by a defence treaty between the US and Japan.  The US is duty-bound to come to Japan’s aid in the event of a conflict with China over a group of disputed islands in the East China Sea, Barack Obama declared at the ...

China's Wuhan Hit by Drinking Water Pollution Scare
Authorities have shut down two water supply companies after excessive levels of ammonia-nitrogen are found in a major river.

Vietnamese Costumes Through Times.
Commentary: Vietnamese civilization is more than 4,000 year-old. Despite having been colonized by China for about a thousand years, Vietnamese have been able to preserve their unique characters. It is informative to have capture the traditional costumes through times.   From: Tây Sơn News Wire

Aid Groups in Rakhine State Required to Report Activities in Advance
Returning international humanitarian groups will need to get approval for their activities from a government-led body.

Vietnam Measles Outbreak ‘Could Have Been Prevented’: WHO
A more effective vaccination campaign might have avoided the crisis, it says.

Tibetan Self-Immolator's Family, Neighbors Harassed by Officials
Chinese authorities pressure the dead man's mother to say his action was not political.

Two Held, Imam Removed in Raids on Xinjiang Mosque
At least 100 people are held briefly in a crackdown that spreads beyond the mosque.

21 Jailed Cambodian Protesters to Have Their Day in Court
The detainees are transferred to a Phnom Penh prison ahead of their hearing on Friday.

Labor Activists Held As China's Shoe Factory Strike Continues
The two men were helping striking workers draft clear proposals in the ongoing dispute.

The Specter of June Fourth
The reason the regime opted for tanks and machine guns in 1989 was that a fearsome display of force could radiate a power well beyond the time and the place of the immediate repression.  By Perry Link If yesterday was typical, about 1,400 children in Africa died of malaria.  It is a preventable, treatable disease, and the young victims lost their lives through no faults of their own.  Why it is that human beings accept a fact like this as an unremarkable daily event, whereas on...

Foreign Travelers in North Korea Report Ability to Send Emails Abroad
They say they can access the Internet via wireless networks in the capital.

Second Group of Uyghurs Detained in Vietnam
  By Mac Lam A map showing border posts where Vietnamese guards detained Chinese nationals on April 18, 2014. Vietnamese authorities arrested 21 illegal migrants from China on the same day as a gunfight between border guards and another group of Uyghurs killed seven people, according to Vietnamese media. The 21 were detained by border guards from the coastal Tra Co border station in northeastern Vietnam’s Quang Ninh province, Thanh Nien News reported Sunday. The border guards made the ar...

Chinese Backlash Over Hong Kong’s Treatment of Mainland Visitors
By GERRY MULLANY   The tensions between Hong Kong residents and mainland Chinese visitors are bubbling up yet again — with a video showing a confrontation involving a mainland family whose child was videotaped defecating on a busy street. But this time, the video has stirred a backlash from mainland Chinese angered by the treatment of the well-dressed young couple, raising questions about whether animosity directed at cross-border visitors has gone too far. In the video, the mother is se...

Search for MH370 reveals a military vulnerability for China
By Greg Torode and Michael Martina Chinese patrol ship Haixun 01 is pictured during a search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, in the south Indian Ocean April 5, 2014, in this photo courtesy of China News Service. HONG KONG/BEIJING -- When Chinese naval supply vessel Qiandaohu entered Australia's Albany Port this month to replenish Chinese warships helping search for a missing Malaysian airliner, it highlighted a strategic headache for Beijing -- its lack of offshore bases and f...

China's threat: Obama reassures Japan, other allies on China ahead of visit
"Our engagement with China does not and will not come at the expense of Japan or any other ally." Barack Obama. By Linda Sieg and Elaine Lies U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi following their meeting at Villa Madama in Rome March 27, 2014. TOKYO -- U.S. President Barack Obama has said Washington welcomes China's rise but that engagement with Beijing would not come at the expense of its Asian allies -- as Chinese state media gr...

Myanmar’s Kachin General Wants Foreign Involvement in Peace Talks
He claims the government is bent on weakening the rebels before a cease-fire agreement is forged.

Vietnamese Government Under Fire Over Its Handling of Measles Crisis
Netizens call for the embattled health minister's resignation.

Vestiges Of Son Tay Ancient Citadel
Commentary: Unfortunately, wars have damaged the historical vestiges of Ancient Vietnam. Son Tay Citadel, one of the most fortified citadel of feudal of North Vietnam was destroyed to oblivion. One can only appreciate the architecture of the fort through the … Continue reading → From: Tây Sơn News Wire

Chinese Labor Camp Whistleblower Escapes, Vows to Pursue Lawsuit
Former Masanjia inmate Liu Hua escapes from house arrest after being released from a detention center.

Obama Visit to Asia Seen as Counterweight to China
Obama’s failure to prevent Russia from annexing Crimea has sharpened concerns that America lacks the will to follow through on its much-touted “pivot” to the Asia-Pacific. By  Elaine Kurtenbach   TOKYO — President Barack Obama ’s travels through Asia in coming days aim to reassure partners about the renewed U.S. commitment to the region, with an eye both to China’s rising assertiveness and the fast-growing markets that are the center of gravity for global growth. The question: Will ...

China Should Just Shut Up About Its Territorial Ambitions
By Ying Ma A Japan Coast Guard vessel, left, sails along with a Chinese surveillance ship near the Japanese Senkaku islands  in the East China Sea in April 23. As territorial tensions continue to hover over the Asia-Pacific, Beijing has grown increasingly agitated at what it sees as Western efforts to portray it as a bully in the region.  China’s territorial conflicts have indeed prompted negative coverage in the foreign press, but how much of that is due to anti-China bias and how ...

China is setting up covert spy networks in US and Australian universities
By Gwynn Guilford The Communist Party is always with them. The ever-rising droves of Chinese people studying abroad is generally considered an all-around win.  It’s good for Chinese students, who get a coveted credential, as well as for host universities and local communities, which benefit from the spending boost. It’s also good, it turns out, for China’s Communist Party.  The Chinese government is rolling out a sprawling spy network inside Australia’s top universities, reports Joh...

Obama’s Strategic Shift to Asia Is Hobbled by Pressure at Home and Crises Abroad
By DAVID E. SANGER and MARK LANDLER On the Minute, the Times White House correspondent Mark Landler on the coming trip of President Obama to Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines. WASHINGTON — President Obama is expected to announce an agreement with the Philippines next Monday that would give American ships and planes the most extensive access to bases there since the United States relinquished its vast naval installation at Subic Bay in 1992. The deal, which will be the centerpie...

Obama’s Asia policy is distracted and ambiguous
The rise of China is the big strategic challenge facing the US and should focus its attention By Gideon Rachman Obama "speaks loudly and carries a small stick". Ukraine is a distraction. Syria is a distraction.  For believers in America’s “ pivot to Asia ”, the centre of Barack Obama ’s foreign policy must remain the region of the future – Asia.  The pivoters will be delighted that this week – despite a raging crisis with Russia – the president is embarking on a four-nation tour of ...

Investigated by China’s Leaders, Powerful Family Has a Defender: Its Hometown
By JONATHAN ANSFIELD An inquiry is drawing curiosity seekers to the home in Xiqiantou of Zhou Yuanqing, brother of a former Communist Party official.  XIQIANTOU, China — Older villagers knew the eel fisherman’s boy who would become one of China’s most fearsome men.  Until recently, his two younger brothers were their neighbors.  “All three brothers were good people,” said a 69-year-old woman who lived next door.  “They would not do bad things.” Many residents were stunned ...

Russian And Chinese Aggression, Brought To You By US Multinationals
China and Russia can flex military muscle overseas secure in the knowledge that their US business partners will work assiduously behind the scenes to head off and water down economic sanctions. By Igor Greenwald Western multinationals have worked even harder to ensure that China’s human rights abuses are never, ever linked to trade or economics. Who lost Russia, China and Turkey?  These countries were once assumed to be reliable international partners progressing toward, if not exactly d...

Obama's China Challenge
U.S. allies look for support against Beijing's new aggression. The Wall Street Journal In this photo taken March 29, 2014, an aerial view shows a Philippines Navy vessel that has been grounded since 1999 to assert the nation's sovereignty over the Second Thomas Shoal, a remote South China Sea reef also claimed by China. President Barack Obama lands in Japan Wednesday to kick off a week-long Asian Reassurance Tour, and not a moment too soon.  Amid the summitry in Tokyo, Seoul, Kuala Lumpu...

Will China Use Russian-Style Tactics to Settle Territorial Disputes in Asia?
Considering that the US is unwilling to take military action to stop Russia, treaty allies such as Japan, South Korea and the Philippines are worried Washington will be equally reluctant to stop China in its tracks if it emulates Moscow's aggression. By Parameswaran Ponnudurai Russian armored personnel carriers and a truck are parked near the town of Bakhchisarai, Ukraine on Feb. 28, 2014. Russia's blatant seizure and rapid annexation of Crimea last month and its potential designs on the rest...

In Hong Kong, Some Bankers Back an ‘Occupy’ Movement
“Mainland corruption culture has now already come to Hong Kong.” By CHRIS BUCKLEY HONG KONG — In this city awash with money from mainland China, a former hedge fund manager, Edward C. K. Chin , hopes to spark a political awakening among the bankers, stockbrokers and financial traders whose livelihoods have become increasingly enmeshed in the mainland’s cash and influence. If Mr. Chin and his 70 or so current supporters have their way, growing numbers from the city’s financial class will join ...

Japan warns over China ship seizure
AFP Mr Suga said Japan was "deeply concerned" about the seizure of a cargo ship in China TOKYO -- Tokyo on Monday warned that the seizure of a Japanese ship in Shanghai over pre-wartime debts threatened ties with China and could undermine the basis of their post-war diplomatic relationship. Authorities in Shanghai seized the large freight vessel in a dispute over what the Chinese side says is unpaid bills relating to the 1930s, when Japan occupied swathes of China. The move is the latest to i...

Chinese spies at Sydney University
Chinese government-led student associations are used to gather intelligence and promote core political objectives. By John Garnaut CHINA SUSPICIOUS OF STUDENTS OVERSEAS: Chinese government spies on its students in Australian universities, with an 'amateur' network of agents keeping tabs on discussion of issues such as Falun Gong and Tibet. "Chinese students are useful for welcoming leaders at airports, blocking protest groups from sight, and collecting information": Chen Yonglin. China i...

Rats are leaving the sinking ship
"China's Warren Buffett" Selling Off His China Assets By Gordon G. Chang Li Ka-shing On the 8th of this month, Pacific Century Premium Developments and PCCW  announced they had signed an agreement to sell Pacific Century Place.   The disposal of a landmark project in the center of Beijing—two office buildings, two blocks of serviced apartments, and a mall—confirmed that Li Ka-shing  and son Richard have turned bearish on Chinese real estate. Li, reputed to be the richest m...

Corruption Case Cracks Door on China’s Internet Police
By Josh Chin and Yang Jie The Haidian River in Haikou, Hainan. A small corruption case in southern China, recently unearthed by the dogged Southern Weekly newspaper, offers an illuminating peak at one corner of China’s shadowy Internet-censorship machinery. A story published Thursday but since removed from the Southern Weekly website, calls attention to the conviction in December of Wei Yining , a former official with the Internet division of the Haikou police, on charges of accepting a littl...

Investigating Family’s Wealth, Xi Jinping Signals a Change
Zhou Yongkang family’s financial dealings lost their immunity only because Mr. Zhou fell from favor, not because elite business dealings were being criminalized. By MICHAEL FORSYTHE, CHRIS BUCKLEY and JONATHAN ANSFIELD A visitor at the Zhou family’s ancestral graves in Xiqiantou, eastern China. Intrigue surrounds the family after a spate of arrests.  HONG KONG — His son landed contracts to sell equipment to state oil fields and thousands of filling stations across China.  His son’s ...

Heartfelt Speeches Commemorating Black April By National American Miss Cung Hoàng Kim
Commentary: It is with pride that the younger Vietnamese Americans, who are attending The University of Texas-Austin, know how to appreciate the price of freedom happiness and cultural heritage. The pride of a lifetime Longhorn! It is always wise to … Continue reading → From: Tây Sơn News Wire

China's Latest Porn Purge Underway
China’s porn crackdowns leave major porn hubs unblocked while sites featuring user content face punishment.  By Tyler Roney   Party secretary of Lujiang county in Anhui Province, Wang Minsheng, his deputy, Jiang Dabin, and the party’s youth leader at Hefei University, Wang Yu doing porn with two females. “Cleaning the Web 2014″ is underway, in which “all online texts, pictures, videos and advertisements with pornographic content will be deleted without exception,” according to a cir...

More Than 3,000 Soviet Soldiers Fought In Vietnam War
Commentary: Vietnam was the biggest victim of the cold war when the communism and capitalism waged hot war in Vietnam from 1960-1975. Communist propaganda was good at misleading the world’s public opinion that American involvement as aggressors and occupying force of … 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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