CSIS Southeast Asia Sit-Rep – Jan 14, 2016

CSIS Southeast Asia Sit-Rep – Jan 14

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This issue brings you a preview of the Sunnylands summit between President Barack Obama and ASEAN heads of state in February, an explainer on the Jakarta terrorist attacks, analysis on the timing of the Philippines’ arbitration case against China, and much more. Links will take you to the full publications, multimedia, or to registration for upcoming programs when available. To jump to a section, select one of the following:

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Malaysia to Ban Bauxite Mining for 3 Months to Cut Pollution

January 6, 2016 — 8:33 AM GMT Updated on January 6, 2016 — 10:52 AM GMT
  • Country supplied more than 40% of China’s imports last year
  • Suspension starts Jan. 15 as government seeks to tighten rules

bloomberg – Malaysia, the biggest shipper of bauxite to China, will stop mining ore for three months to cut river and sea pollution, Natural Resources and Environment Minister Wan Junaidi Jaafar said.

The ban takes effect from Jan. 15 in Pahang, the largest producing state, Wan Junaidi told reporters. Exports will be allowed during the moratorium to reduce port inventories, and after the suspension the government will limit bauxite production to the capacity to ship the material, he said on Wednesday.

Malaysia supplied more than 40 percent of China’s imports of the aluminum-making raw material last year after Indonesia imposed a ban on shipments in January 2014. China produces about half the world’s aluminum used in everything from aircraft to door frames and drink cans. The country’s exports of the metal and its products surged 36 percent in November from the previous month, helping push global prices down 19 percent in 2015. Tiếp tục đọc “Malaysia to Ban Bauxite Mining for 3 Months to Cut Pollution”

Vietnam begins huge effort to identify war dead

World’s largest systematic identification project will use smart DNA-testing technology.

12 January 2016 Article tools


Vietnam’s Viet-Laos cemetery contains the remains of thousands of people who died in the Vietnam War — but most are still unidentified.

Nature – Digging foundations for temples or schools, harvesting rice in paddy fields: these are some of the ways that the decaying remains of Vietnam War victims still turn up, 40 years after the conflict ended. Now an effort has begun that will use smart DNA technologies to identify the bones of the half a million or more Vietnamese soldiers and civilians who are thought still to be missing.

It is the largest ever systematic identification effort; only the identification of more than 20,000 victims of armed conflicts in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the 1990s comes close.

“When I was a 21-year-old in the medical corps there, I never imagined that such a project could ever become possible,” says Vietnam veteran and genomics pioneer Craig Venter, head of the J. Craig Venter Institute in La Jolla, California. “We thought of body counts as statistics — now, decades later, it may be possible to put names to them.”

Although the United States has repatriated and identified most of its war dead, Vietnam has so far identified just a few hundred people, using outdated techniques. Yet people in Vietnam remain desperate to acquire the remains of family members. Tiếp tục đọc “Vietnam begins huge effort to identify war dead”

Tình người trong mỗi giọt máu hiến

Phóng sự của Hoàng Thiên Nga

Từ thành thị tới buôn làng vùng sâu vùng xa, mỗi khi nghe vận động hiến máu lập tức đông đảo tình nguyện viên có mặt. Mươi năm trước điều đó chỉ có trong mơ ước, nhưng vài năm gần đây đã thành sự thật, và Đắk Lắk đã là một trong những tỉnh thành tích cực nhất trên cả nước về phong trào hiến máu cứu người.

Hiến máu đã trở thành phong trào rộng khắp trên cả tỉnh Đắk Lắk
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Trở lại vùng sương lạnh Măng Đen

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Hoàng Thiên Nga

          Ngày đầu năm mới 2016, khi nửa triệu du khách náo nhiệt đổ về thành phố Nam Tây Nguyên xem lễ hội Hoa Đà Lạt, thì phía Bắc Tây Nguyên, Măng Đen vẫn lặng lẽ chìm trong sương mù buốt giá. Nhưng sau màn sương ấy hiện rõ dần dáng vóc một đô thị trẻ vừa tỉnh thức, hứa hẹn sẽ trở thành một điểm đến đầy hấp dẫn trong bản đồ du lịch quốc gia. 

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