CSIS – AMTI Brief – March 31, 2016

Developing a Scarborough Contingency Plan
by Gregory Poling and Zack Cooper

U.S. chief of naval operations Admiral John Richardson told Reuters on March 19 that the United States was monitoring increased Chinese activity around Scarborough Shoal. He warned, “I think we see some surface ship activity … survey type of activity … That’s an area of concern … a next possible area of reclamation.” Tiếp tục đọc “CSIS – AMTI Brief – March 31, 2016”

CSIS – Southeast Asia from Scott Circle – March 31, 2016


Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi Has China, Myanmar’s Military Watching

By Phuong Nguyen (@PNguyen_DC), Associate Fellow, Chair for Southeast Asia Studies (@SoutheastAsiaDC), CSIS

March 31, 2016

Myanmar experienced a number of firsts over the past week. The Union Parliament—which now counts former political prisoners, doctors, businesspeople, and poets among its ranks—on March 24 approved a new cabinet to serve under the incoming National League for Democracy (NLD) government, the first civilian government to rule the country in over 50 years. In a speech on Armed Forces Day on March 27, Commander-in-chief General Min Aung Hlaing urged Myanmar’s military to cooperate with the incoming government to help fulfill “the country’s fundamental needs of stability, solidarity, and development.” Tiếp tục đọc “CSIS – Southeast Asia from Scott Circle – March 31, 2016”

Waiting for a Rockefeller: Meet the Next `Supermajors’ of Energy

April 4, 2016 — 12:01 AM BST Updated on April 4, 2016 — 6:20 AM BST
  • Dominant global players have yet to emerge in wind and solar
  • Handful of clean-energy companies build `supermajor’ skills

More than a decade after the birth of the modern renewable energy industry, solar and wind await their John D. Rockefeller.

Bloomberg – Clean power remains a tumultuous and fragmented business, crowded with companies grabbing for slices of an emerging market that aspires to reshape how the world meets its energy needs. They rise and fall as technology advances and demand seesaws. Some have grown into sprawling regional players, often propped up by government subsidies. A few, like Suntech Power Holdings Co. and Q-Cells SE, soared to prominence, then all but flickered out.

Yet there are still no companies that dominate the industry. Tiếp tục đọc “Waiting for a Rockefeller: Meet the Next `Supermajors’ of Energy”

Một ngày ở xóm “5 không”

27/03/2016 09:32 GMT+7

TTOHơn chục gia đình với gần 50 con người sống chen chúc trong những căn chòi tạm bợ trong một khu rừng dầu. Người dân địa phương gọi đó là xóm “5 không”: không hộ khẩu, không điện, không nước sạch, không biết chữ và… không biết tương lai về đâu.

Một ngày ở xóm “5 không”
Các túp lều bằng bạt được dựng sát nhau dưới sự che chắn của rừng cây dầu

Đó là câu chuyện của một xóm lao động nghèo là dân ở đồng bằng sông Cửu Long dắt díu cả gia đình con cái lên ở tạm bợ trong các căn lều để làm thuê tại xã Đông Hòa, huyện Trảng Bom, tỉnh Đồng Nai. Tiếp tục đọc “Một ngày ở xóm “5 không””

Water crisis developing in drought-hit Vietnam: UN

chanelnewsasisa – A water crisis is developing in central and southern Vietnam as the region is hit by its worst drought in recent history. The United Nations says 1.5 million people face an acute shortage of drinking water.

KON TUM, Vietnam: Life has become harder for Ta Dinh Hao since the rains stopped earlier than usual last September.

The once teeming fish pond in front of his concrete house in Vietnam’s Central Highlands is now parched earth. His rice field has been dead for months and the cassava is struggling, but the 47-year-old farmer’s biggest worry is the dangerously low water level in his household well.

If the well dries up, he could afford to buy drinking water for another two or three months. “But after that, we won’t last,” he said with a sad smile.

Hao’s cassava is surviving but doing badly. (Photo: Tan Qiuyi)

Tiếp tục đọc “Water crisis developing in drought-hit Vietnam: UN”

Viet Nam’s farmers suffer as El Niño contributes to widespread drought

Published: 4 April 2016 11:48 CET
A Red Cross staff conducts an assessment with a household in Ben Tre province in Viet Nam. Photo credit: Viet Nam Red Cross Society
IFRC – By Ly Nguyen, IFRC

Since the end of 2015, unusually dry conditions and a shortage of rainfall have seriously affected Viet Nam. These conditions which are associated with El Niño, have led to severe drought  in parts of the central, central highlands and southern regions of the country, including the Mekong Delta. Some water levels are at the lowest recorded in 90 years.

“In 2015, there was lower than average rainfall during the rainy season which ended two months earlier than in previous years. Water shortage has been compounded by saltwater intrusion. Salinity is four times higher than seasonal averages,” said Phan Duy Le, Vice Chairman of Quoi Dien commune in Thanh Phu district, Ben Tre province. “The consequences are very concerning. The drought and salty water have been threatening crops and agricultural production, and most importantly, access to drinking water for local people.”

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Xóa trạng thái “kỳ dị”: 63 tỉnh, 63 nền kinh tế

Chủ nhật, 12:43, 03/04/2016

VOV.VNTại Việt Nam, 63 nền kinh tế địa phương và 1 nền kinh tế trung ương giống hệt nhau nhưng độc lập với nhau tạo nên trạng thái “kỳ dị”.

Trình bày bài tham luận tại Hội thảo quốc tế “Liên kết vùng trong quá trình tái cơ cấu kinh tế và chuyển đổi mô hình tăng trưởng ở Việt Nam”, PGS. TS Trần Đình Thiên – Viện trưởng Viện Kinh tế Việt Nam cho biết, ở Việt Nam, nền kinh tế quốc gia được cấu thành từ 63 nền kinh tế địa phương và 1 nền kinh tế trung ương giống hệt nhau nhưng độc lập với nhau.

xoa trang thai "ky di": 63 tinh, 63 nen kinh te hinh 0
PGS. TS Trần Đình Thiên – Viện trưởng Viện Kinh tế Việt Nam

Tiếp tục đọc “Xóa trạng thái “kỳ dị”: 63 tỉnh, 63 nền kinh tế”