China set to fully control Portugal’s power grid amid Europe’s inertia

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The case could be a game changer when it comes to foreign investments in the EU, considering that currently the Commission lacks the proper legal framework to “protect”EU common interests. [Chiu Ho-yang/Flickr]

China is set to make further inroads into European infrastructure, as a state-owned company attempts to gain full control of Portugal’s power grid.

The case could be a game changer when it comes to third country foreign investments in the EU. Currently, the Commission lacks the proper legal framework to “protect” EU common interests and it could be a wake-up call to speed up the procedure to establish an investments screening mechanism. Continue reading “China set to fully control Portugal’s power grid amid Europe’s inertia”

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Lao Citizens Displaced by China-Linked Railroad Project Still Not Paid For Losses

A stretch of railroad is shown under construction in Vientiane's Na Xaythong district in an undated photo.

A stretch of railroad is shown under construction in Vientiane’s Na Xaythong district in an undated photo.

RFA

Thousands of Lao families ordered from their land and homes to make way for a high-speed railway linking the country with China are still waiting for compensation promised by their government though construction has surged ahead, sources in the country say.

Plans now call for work on the railway to end in 2021, with Chinese companies promising completion by that date despite the challenges of boring tunnels in mountainous areas of the country’s north.

Landlocked Laos expects the railroad to lower the cost of exports and consumer goods while boosting socioeconomic development in the impoverished nation of nearly 7 million people.

Under Lao Decree 84 issued in April 2016, Lao citizens losing land to development projects must be compensated for lost property and income, with project owners guaranteeing that living conditions for those displaced will be at least as good as they were before the project began.

In Chaengsavang village in the Na Xaythong district of the capital Vientiane, meanwhile, construction crews have measured and staked out the railroad’s proposed route and begun to build, though no one has spoken yet to affected households about compensation, a local resident recently told RFA’s Lao Service Continue reading “Lao Citizens Displaced by China-Linked Railroad Project Still Not Paid For Losses”

When you eat a Mekong Giant Catfish, you are paying criminals

By Marc Goichot   July 25, 2018 | 09:39 am GMT+7

When you eat a Mekong Giant Catfish, you are paying criminals

Cambodia Fisheries personnel release a Mekong giant catfish. Photo by Reuters

Vietnamese restaurant owners, chefs and customers are complicit in the crime of catching, advertising, serving and eating an endangered species.

Most people in Vietnam knows it is illegal to sell tiger meat or pangolin scales or rhino horn.

It is common knowledge that trading elephant ivory is a criminal offense, punishable by fines and jail time. But few of us seem to know that it is just as illegal to sell a Mekong Giant Catfish or Giant Barb.

But it is. Every restaurant advertising these endangered giants is breaking the law. Every time you eat a plate of Mekong Giant Catfish in Hanoi or Da Nang or Ho Chi Minh City, you are helping a criminal. In fact, you are paying a criminal.

And you are also helping to drive this extraordinary species toward extinction.

Instead of choosing one of these dishes from the menu, you should choose to contact the Provincial Department of Fisheries. The government and Vietnamese people have taken significant steps in recent years to tackle wildlife crime and trafficking of species like tigers, elephants and rhinos. It is time we ended the illegal trade in the Mekong’s most magnificent fish.

Continue reading “When you eat a Mekong Giant Catfish, you are paying criminals”

Nóng bỏng cuộc chiến chiếm, giữ

TPVới nông dân, đất đai là tài sản lớn nhất. Với những kẻ rắp tâm tranh chiếm, đất là nguồn lợi béo bở phải giành cho được bằng bất cứ giá nào. Vì thế, ở đâu chính quyền buông lỏng trách nhiệm quản lý, ở đó máu có thể đổ xuống những mảnh đất vốn đã thấm mặn mồ hôi dân nghèo…

Công cụ trấn áp nông dân để giành đất của Công ty Long Sơn.
Công cụ trấn áp nông dân để giành đất của Công ty Long Sơn.

Khi nông dân thành tội phạm

Cho tới nay, các thủ phạm gây ra cuộc hỗn chiến trong vụ tranh giành đất lâm nghiệp xảy ra từ cuối năm 2017 ở tiểu khu 263, trên địa bàn xã Ea Bung, huyện Ea Súp (Ðắk Lắk) khiến 1 người chết, 7 người bị thương, vẫn còn đang bị tạm giam để điều tra, chưa được tòa xét xử. Continue reading “Nóng bỏng cuộc chiến chiếm, giữ”