International partners join Việt Nam to combat plastic pollution

Update: June, 04/2018 – 16:30

Trash are seen along the coast in the south of Phước Diêm Commune, Thuận Nam District in central province of Ninh Thuận. — VNA/VNS Photo
Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — Dozens of embassies and international organisations marked the World Environment Day (June 5) by signing a Code of Conduct on Combating Plastic Pollution.

The signatories include Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, the European Union, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Slovakia, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States of America as well as 16 UN agencies, funds, programmes, offices and World Bank. Continue reading “International partners join Việt Nam to combat plastic pollution”

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Remarks by US Secretary of Defense James Mattis at Plenary Session of the 2018 Shangri-La Dialogue

Remarks by Secretary Mattis at Plenary Session of the 2018 Shangri-La Dialogue

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Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis; John Chipman, Director-General and Chief Executive, IISS
June 2, 2018

Allow me first to thank very warmly Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for his splendid keynote opening address last night, which was a joy to listen to, and I think his text deserves a full reading. And I’m quite certain by now it’s on the IISS website, possibly even on your telephone apps, and I think it’s something that should not just be heard, but also studied in slower time.

Let me thank also, of course, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong for graciously hosting our dinner last night, Deputy Prime Minister Teo, Minister Ong, foreign minister and other hosts of the government of Singapore for insuring that yesterday’s dinner was such an excellent celebration of the spirit of the Shangri-La Dialogue and all that it represents.

This morning’s proceedings in plenary are on the record. The prepared remarks of each of the speakers are on the record. The answers to questions are on the record. I’d also like to underscore the questions themselves that are on the record. So, as you pose your questions, think, also, of your own reputations, as you make those brief remarks.

I will ask, when we do come to questions and comment that, you take no more than about 90 seconds in making that comment or question and perhaps, if you have something particularly profound to say, stretch to a maximum of two minutes. If I sense a speech coming on or serious momentum or building to a crescendo, I might, with the powers available to me here, turn off your microphone, so do exercise discipline.

I will be doing so, only in the democratic interest of insuring that as many of you as possible are able to join the conversation, as we say.

If you do want to make a brief comment or ask a question from the floor and we do want to engage as many people as possible, you need to do three things. First, you take your name badge and tap it on the left side of the microphone unit. And the second thing you do is touch the screen, either the left or right, depending on where you’re sitting in respect to the microphone, and then press the silver button on either the left or the side — or the right side. And when you do that, you will be joining the queue.

The microphone unit will turn green. That does not mean your microphone is on. So if you whisper something to your neighbor, you can be confident that not everybody in the hall will hear it. I will turn on your microphone when I call you, but it is important to put your name badge on the microphone. Press the green button. Press the silver button. Do those three things. You’re in the queue. There could often be 10 or 12, 15 people in the queue, and then I’ll shall call people as — as I can.

Our first plenary is on U.S. leadership and the challenges of Indo-Pacific security, and we’re delighted, of course, for the second year running to have the Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis address us in this opening plenary. Continue reading “Remarks by US Secretary of Defense James Mattis at Plenary Session of the 2018 Shangri-La Dialogue”

Mattis takes hard line on China in Singapore speech

US Defense Secretary James Mattis accused China of “intimidation and coercion” in the Indo-Pacific and declared that the United States does not plan to abandon its role in the region during a speech Saturday in Singapore.
Friday, June 1st 2018, 9:17 pm EDT

Updated:

Friday, June 1st 2018, 10:22 pm EDT
By Joshua Berlinger CNN

SINGAPORE (CNN) — US Defense Secretary James Mattis accused China of “intimidation and coercion” in the Indo-Pacific and declared that the United States does not plan to abandon its role in the region during a speech Saturday in Singapore.

“Make no mistake: America is in the Indo-Pacific to stay. This is our priority theater,” Mattis said. Continue reading “Mattis takes hard line on China in Singapore speech”

Australia won’t bite its tongue, Defence Minister warns in clear signal to China

Defence Minister Marise Payne has issued a coded but clear demand on China not to bully other countries that disagree with it.

In a speech to military and political leaders from Asia and the Pacific region on Saturday, Senator Payne will say that no one country can tear up the system of international rules – which she pointedly notes has let countries such as China grow and prosper peacefully.

Senator Marise Payne listens to Foreign Affairs Secretary Frances Adamson during estimates.
Senator Marise Payne listens to Foreign Affairs Secretary Frances Adamson during estimates.Photo: Dominic Lorrimer

In the speech to the Shangri-La dialogue in Singapore, Senator Payne makes it clear Australia will continue calling out behaviour that tries unilaterally to change what Australia and its allies call “the rules-based order”.

While she doesn’t name China, Senator Payne makes thinly veiled references to China’s behaviour, making it apparent the Turnbull government means to keep pressing Beijing over issues such as the South China Sea and foreign interference even as it tries to improve the relationship after a rocky six months. Continue reading “Australia won’t bite its tongue, Defence Minister warns in clear signal to China”

Sự thật về hiện trạng đất đai tại Việt Nam

English: The truth about the lie of the land

Đó chính là Mark Twain, với câu nói độc nhất vô nhị: “Hãy mua đất, vì chúng không tạo ra thêm đất nữa.”

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Tổng quan khu đô thị Nam Sài Gòn, TP HCM. Hình minh họa. – Ảnh của VNA / VNS

Đó là lời khuyên có lý khi đất đai biến thành một loại hàng hóa được mua và bán trong một “thị trường tự do”, nhưng đây lại là một thứ bí hiểm cho người dân Việt Nam, bởi vì để sở hữu được một mảnh đất hoặc một ngôi nhà tại thành thị nhiều người chỉ có thể nằm mơ mà thôi.

Mặc dù về mặt lý thuyết, theo điều lệ quốc gia, tất cả các đặc trưng địa lý của đất nước – đất đai, nguồn nước, khoáng sản dưới lòng đất cũng như tài nguyên dưới biển đều thuộc về “người dân”, nhưng Nhà nước đại diện cho người quản lý tất cả những tài sản đó – có nghĩa là Nhà nước có thẩm quyền cao nhất. Continue reading “Sự thật về hiện trạng đất đai tại Việt Nam”

Từ biển Đông đến RIMPAC

  • DANH ĐỨC
  • 02.06.2018, 16:04

TTCT – Tình hình Biển Đông đang thay đổi chóng vánh và dồn dập, kèm theo những “bình luận” trích từ nhiều nguồn dễ gây ngộ nhận tương quan “nhân quả”. Các sự kiện trên Biển Đông liên quan gì tới cuộc tập trận RIMPAC và những động thái mới của Mỹ? Các dữ kiện sẽ cho phép nhận chân tình hình.

Từ biển Đông đến RIMPAC
Tàu chiến Trung Quốc tham gia cuộc tập trận RIMPAC 2016. Ảnh: Asia News

“Chúng tôi có bằng chứng mạnh mẽ rằng Trung Quốc đã triển khai các tên lửa đối hạm, đối không, cùng các thiết bị nhiễu sóng tại các thực thể tranh chấp ở khu vực Trường Sa của Biển Đông. Việc Trung Quốc vừa cho hạ cánh máy bay ném bom trên đảo Phú Lâm cũng đã làm căng thẳng nổi lên” – người phát ngôn Bộ Quốc phòng Mỹ loan báo hôm 23-5. Continue reading “Từ biển Đông đến RIMPAC”

RENEWABLES 2018 GLOBAL STATUS REPORT: A comprehensive annual overview

This document presents the overarching trends and development from 2018 so that policy makers and others can more easily understand the significance of the latest renewable energy development. It outlines what is happening to drive the energy transition and details why it is not happening fast enough or as fast as possible. It draws on the meticulously documented data found in REN21’s Renewables 2018 Global Status Report. See the endnotes and methodological notes in the full report for further details at http://www.ren21.net/gsr-2018/