‘Beautifying Phnom Penh’: Muslim Cham face eviction in Cambodia

TĐH: These Muslim Chams in Cambodia are descendants of the Vietnamese Chams from the Champa Kingdom that VN annexed from the 14th century and completed the annexation in the 17th century. Should the Vietnamese government come to Cambodia and help them?

Future of minority group living along Mekong River unclear as government seeks to ‘beautify’ city before world summit.

by 10 hours ago December 13, 2019
The Cham is an ethnic minority living in parts of Cambodia and Vietnam's southern region [Thomas Cristofoletti/Ruom via Al Jazeera]
The Cham is an ethnic minority living in parts of Cambodia and Vietnam’s southern region [Thomas Cristofoletti/Ruom via Al Jazeera]

Phnom Penh, Cambodia – On a good day, fish vendor Sen Ror can make about $7.50 but that is on a good day.

Usually, she only makes about a third of that, taking home roughly $2.50, which is all she has to buy food for her four children and elderly father, for whom she is the sole support after divorcing her husband a few years ago because of his drug addiction.

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Keeping Vietnam’s flavors alive

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Vietnam is changing at a breakneck speed. But who’s keeping its rich food culture alive?
The women of Hanoi are the ones feeding a transforming nation and preserving its past.

Joi Lee and HyoJin Park go to Hanoi in the third episode of Fork the System to ask how food can root a nation’s identity in the face of rapid change.

After Samsung shifts operation to Vietnam, Chinese city turns into ghost town

New draft document on solar power projects to be filed

Update: December, 12/2019 – 08:55

Rooftop solar panels are installed in Ninh Thuận Province. — Photo evn.com.vn

HÀ NỘI — A draft document on solar power development will be filed to the Prime Minister for approval on December 15, local media reported.

Under the draft, bidding price for the output of solar power production, also known as the feed in tariff (FiT), is set at VNĐ1,916 (8.38 US cents) per kWh for rooftop projects, VNĐ1,620 (7.09 cents) per kWh for ground projects and VNĐ1,758 (7.69 cents) per kWh for floating projects. Tiếp tục đọc “New draft document on solar power projects to be filed”

Update: China Risks Flare-up over Malaysian, Vietnamese Gas Resources


December 13, 2019  |  AMTI Brief

Update: China Risks Flare-up over Malaysian, Vietnamese Gas Resources

The Chinese survey vessel Haiyang Dizhi 8 along with its coast guard and paramilitary escorts left Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone on October 23, ending a standoff with Vietnamese ships that began more than four months earlier. The de-escalation seems to have been in response to the departure a day earlier of the drilling rig Hakuryu 5 from Vietnam’s oil and gas Block 06-01, which is operated by Russia’s Rosneft.

The standoff began on June 16 when a China Coast Guard (CCG) ship started harassing the Hakuryu 5 and the offshore supply vessels servicing it. Automatic Identification System (AIS) data shows that several CCG ships were deployed in succession to keep up the harassment over the course of the standoff, including the 35111, 45111, 4203, 3308, 5303, and 2305. As ships were relieved, they often traveled to the Chinese outpost on Fiery Cross Reef to resupply before either joining the escort mission around the Haiyang Dizhi 8 or heading back to China.

Exactly how many Chinese and Vietnamese vessels were involved in these two related operations over the course of the standoff is unclear. Those broadcasting AIS—mostly the CCG—almost certainly account for just a small percentage of the total number. Some Vietnamese law enforcement vessels had broadcast AIS during the early weeks of the standoff in July, but soon ceased doing so. In October, Vietnamese Major General Nguyen Minh Hoang announced that 50 Vietnamese and 40 Chinese vessels were involved, while others reported as many as 80 Chinese participants.

Only a few opposing ships seem to have been regularly deployed around the Hakuryu 5 throughout the standoff, suggesting that most of these reported vessels were busing escorting the Haiyang Dizhi 8 or, in the case of the Vietnamese, trying to block its operations. A satellite image from late August captured a Vietnam Fisheries Resource Surveillance vessel positioned between the Hakuryu 5, which was being serviced by an offshore supply vessel (identified via AIS as the Crest Argus 5), and CCG ship 5303. The 56-meter Vietnamese vessel is effectively unarmed and less than half the size of the 138-meter 5303, one of China’s advanced Type 818 Zhaoduan-class cutters which sports a 76-mm cannon.

The Hakuryu 5 broadcast AIS only sporadically during the standoff. Its signal was last seen in Block 06-01 on October 17 and then again in port at Vung Tau, Vietnam, on October 26. This lends credence to social media reports that it had left Block 06-01 on October 22 after completing its drilling work. AIS data shows that the last CCG vessel assigned to the area, the 31302 (since renamed the 2305) left the same day heading north. It joined up with the Haiyang Dizhi 8 and its escorts a day later and together the group returned to Hainan.

As for the Haiyang Dizhi 8, it moved north after the first few weeks of the standoff, extending its survey over a much wider area for the next three months. In hindsight, it is clear that the survey area closely matched a group of oil and gas exploration blocks that the China National Offshore Oil Corporation unsuccessfully offered up for foreign bidding in 2012.

Over the course of the standoff, the Haiyang Dizhi 8 and its CCG escorts made multiple resupply trips to Fiery Cross Reef. While ultimately unsuccessful in persuading Vietnam to halt Rosneft’s drilling work in block 06-01, China’s operations demonstrated that its Spratly outposts now allow it to conduct extended pressure campaigns, increasing the costs and risks for its neighbors to operate within the nine dash line.


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Vietnam makes more drastic efforts to end illegal fishing


Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung urged ministries, agencies and 28 coastal localities to make more drastic efforts to terminate violations of Vietnamese fishing boats in international waters within the next six months.

Dung stressed the point while chairing a meeting of the National Steering Committee on illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing on Tuesday.

He tasked the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to thoroughly consider recommendations of the European Commission (EC) delegation sent to Viet Nam last month to review the country’s efforts in fighting IUU fishing. Tiếp tục đọc “Vietnam makes more drastic efforts to end illegal fishing”

Congestion in aviation infrastructure needs resolving


Does aviation industry develop too rapidly? Are flight tickets sold lower than cost prices? Why does authority continue to grant permission for new airlines enterprises while infrastructure is overloading? These were hot issues that received special attention at the talk ‘ Vietnam Aviation Industry: Opportunities and Challenges’ held by the Ministry of Transportation on December 11 in Hanoi.

Tan Son Nhat Airport has been overloading and waiting for upgrading and expansion. (Photo: SGGP)

Tan Son Nhat Airport has been overloading and waiting for upgrading and expansion. (Photo: SGGP)

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Ô nhiễm không khí lên mức ‘khủng khiếp’, tất cả… im lặng


13/12/2019 11:56 GMT+7

TTO – TS Hoàng Dương Tùng, chủ tịch Mạng lưới không khí sạch Việt Nam: Đây là đợt ô nhiễm không khí khủng khiếp ở một số tỉnh miền Bắc và Hà Nội, đến hôm nay 13-12 đã sang ngày thứ năm.
Ô nhiễm không khí lên mức khủng khiếp, tất cả... im lặng - Ảnh 1.

Chỉ số chất lượng không khí thể hiện màu tím ngắt – ngưỡng chất lượng không khí xấu ở hầu hết các điểm quan trắc của thành phố Hà Nội – Ảnh: XUÂN LONG

Ngày 13-12, mức độ ô nhiễm không khí ở một số tỉnh miền Bắc và Hà Nội càng tệ hơn, tới mức ảnh hưởng nghiêm trọng tới sức khoẻ con người nhưng cả Sở Tài nguyên – môi trường Hà Nội và Tổng cục Môi trường đều không có khuyến cáo gì.

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New research on development issues in Vietnam Volume 11, number 11 (2019 November)

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