South Koreans still eat a million dogs a year, but changing attitudes have cut demand

 

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Just 25 miles from the Olympics, the painful sight of Korea’s dog meat trade is laid bare. USA TODAY Sports

HONGSEONG, South Korea – Jasmine, Hector, Winnie and dozens more like them barked, whined and paced in their cages. Most were undernourished, with patchy and matted fur, and shivered in the biting cold of a February day.

Some cowered in meager scraps of hay as humans approached while others forced paws and damp snouts between rusty iron bars, eager for any sort of contact.

Scenes like this can still be found at thousands of farms all over South Korea, where dogs are bred in wretched settings as both pets, and as meat, for a controversial industry that consumes up to a million dogs a year, according to Korean Animal Rights Advocates, a Seoul-based non-profit group. Continue reading “South Koreans still eat a million dogs a year, but changing attitudes have cut demand”

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Vietnam’s Energy Dilemma Is About To Become A Crisis

Vietnam can’t seem to get a break. The country lies just beneath China, its giant neighbor to the north, and shares many of the same socialist ideals that Beijing promulgates. However, Sino-Vietnamese relations have been a source of tension for years dating back to the colonization of Vietnam by China centuries ago – a historical fact that the average Vietnamese citizen has never forgotten. Even after the protracted and costly war between North Vietnam and the U.S.-backed South Vietnamese government, that ended more than 40 years ago, China (which had proven a valuable ally for Hanoi during the war) turned on its smaller communist ally and invaded the country in 1979. It was a brief but bloody border war which showed Beijing that Vietnam could still hold its own. Continue reading “Vietnam’s Energy Dilemma Is About To Become A Crisis”

GLOBAL ECONOMY-Growing China downdraft chills Asia factory activity

* China factory activity remains in contraction territory

Japan, Vietnam PMI slumps as China slowdown hits

* South Korean exports contract at steepest pace in nearly 3 yrs

* Weak readings add pressure on central banks, China, for stimulus

By Leika Kihara

TOKYO, March 1 (Reuters) – Weak demand in China and growing global fallout from the Sino-U.S. trade war took a heavier toll on factories across much of Asia in February, business surveys showed on Friday.

Activity in China’s vast manufacturing sector contracted for the third straight month, pointing to more strains on its major trading partners and raising questions over whether Beijing needs to do more to stabilise the slowing economy.

In many cases, business conditions were the worst Asian companies have faced since 2016, with demand weakening not only in China but globally. Continue reading “GLOBAL ECONOMY-Growing China downdraft chills Asia factory activity”

Women power helps boost Viet Nam’s economy

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Le Ngoc Anh, owner of Deborah JSC, shows customers bathroom equipment provided by the company. — Photo courtesy of the company

 As far as Viet Nam’s economy is concerned, sisters really are doing it for themselves.

More and more women are running businesses across the country.

There are around 145,000 small-and-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) currently run by women in Viet Nam. Continue reading “Women power helps boost Viet Nam’s economy”

Unexploded bombs continue to haunt Hà Giang

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Unexploded ordnance littered the forest floor in Hà Giang Province. — VNS File Photo
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HÀ GIANG — Residents of Thanh Thuỷ Commune in Vị Xuyên District said they are still occasionally startled by an explosion somewhere in the mountains nearby, a cruel reminder of a bloody border war 40 years ago.

They first prayed that no one gets hurt by stepping on the unexploded ordnance (UXO) buried in the terrain throughout the north-eastern uplands, especially the northernmost province of Hà Giang, where the bloodiest battles were waged.

Bồn Văn Hòn lives just 10km from the centre of Thanh Thuỷ Commune but the journey easily takes more than two hours.

Having lost both of his legs in two separate incidents related to unexploded bombs, Hòn uses his arms to move around

The changeable weather at this time of the year causes him major aches all over and he could no longer rely on crutches. Continue reading “Unexploded bombs continue to haunt Hà Giang”