Chinese scientist who claimed to create gene-edited babies sentenced to 3 years in prison

washingtonpost.com Chinese scientist He Jiankui was heavily criticized by the scientific community after saying he had edited the genes of twins. (Anthony Wallace/AFP )Chinese scientist He Jiankui was heavily criticized by the scientific community after saying he had edited the genes of twins. (Anthony Wallace/AFP )

Dec. 31, 2019 at 4:46 a.m. GMT+7

The Chinese researcher who stunned and alarmed the international scientific community with the announcement that he had created the world’s first gene-edited babies has been sentenced to three years in prison by a court in China.

He Jiankui sparked a bioethical crisis last year when he claimed to have edited the DNA of human embryos, resulting in the birth of twins called Lulu and Nana as well as a possible third pregnancy. The gene editing, which was aimed at making the children immune to HIV, was excoriated by many scientists as a reckless experiment on human subjects that violated basic ethical principles.

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Vietnam’s graft crackdown in 2019: No exceptions

DEC 31, 2019 / 16:47

The Hanoitimes – President Nguyen Phu Trong said that settling big corruption cases indicated the Part and State’s efforts in anti-corruption which is good for economic development.

Vietnam has continued to ramp up the fight against corruption and more progress has been made in 2019 with more high-ranking officials facing severe penalties.

 CPV chief, State President Nguyen Phu Trong steers the fight against corruption

Since the beginning of the year, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam and State President Nguyen Phu Trong affirmed no exceptions or “forbidden zone” in corruption crackdown no matter the position which the wrongdoer holds. Trong has made this stance clear several times and the latest was at a meeting by the Central Steering Committee for Anti-Corruption in January. Tiếp tục đọc “Vietnam’s graft crackdown in 2019: No exceptions”

Quang Tri province starts construction of 3 more wind power plants

A ground-breaking ceremony was held in the central province of Quang Tri on December 31 for three wind power plants with a combined capacity of 144 MW.
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Quang Tri province starts construction of 3 more wind power plants hinh anh 1A wind power project in the mountainous district of Huong Hoa, Quang Tri. (Photo: VNA)

Quang Tri (VNA) – A ground-breaking ceremony was held in the central province of Quang Tri on December 31 for three wind power plants with a combined capacity of 144 MW. Tiếp tục đọc “Quang Tri province starts construction of 3 more wind power plants”

37 foreigners suffer alleged food poisoning in tourism hotspot

By Xuan Ngoc   January 1, 2020 | 03:20 pm GMT+7 VNExpress

37 foreigners suffer alleged food poisoning in tourism hotspot

Chinese tourists buy souvenirs from a street vendor in Nha Trang, central Vietnam. Photo by VnExpress/Xuan Ngoc.

Authorities in central Nha Trang Town are investigating the hospitalization of 37 foreigners showing symptoms of food poisoning.

The group of tourists ate a buffet breakfast at Diamond Bay Condotel Resort in Nha Trang of Khanh Hoa Province on Tuesday that contained 30 dishes and served around 600 customers, including Vietnamese, Russians and Chinese.

Several hours later, many began suffering stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhea and were sent to the emergency room at a local hospital, said Le Tan Hung, deputy director of the provincial health department.

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Sun Group slides to the top with new Phu Quoc water park

By Phat Dat   January 1, 2020 | 09:00 am GMT+7 VNExpress

Designed by leading global experts, Aquatopia in Phu Quoc may well be the most modern water world in Southeast Asia.

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Vietnam’s premier developer of theme parks and entertainment complexes, Sun Group has officially opened the doors of Aquatopia Water Park on Hon Thom Island in the island district of Phu Quoc, southern Kien Giang Province.

The modern water park will immediately draw more travelers looking to ring in 2020 or celebrate Tet (Lunar New Year holiday) on the pearl island, now one of the world’s leading beach destinations.

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Indonesia rejects China’s claims over South China Sea

JANUARY 1, 2020 / 7:02 AM / UPDATED 16 HOURS AGO Reuters

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia said on Wednesday it rejected China’s claims over a disputed part of the South China Sea as “having no legal basis”, after two days earlier protesting to Beijing over the presence of a Chinese coastguard vessel in its territorial waters.

FILE PHOTO: Indonesia’s Deputy Minister for Maritime Affairs Arif Havas Oegroseno points at the location of North Natuna Sea on a new map of Indonesia during talks with reporters in Jakarta, Indonesia, July 14, 2017. REUTERS/Beawiharta/File Photo

The boat trespassed into Indonesia’s exclusive economic zone off the coast of the northern islands of Natuna, leading Indonesians officials to issue a “strong protest” and summon the Chinese ambassador in Jakarta.

Speaking in Beijing on Tuesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang had said China had sovereignty over the Spratly Islands and their waters and that both China and Indonesia have “normal” fishing activities there. Tiếp tục đọc “Indonesia rejects China’s claims over South China Sea”

ASEAN Outlook to solve South China Sea dispute?

In this file photo, US coastguard ship Bertholf manoeuvres during a joint exercise with their Philippine counterpart near Scarborough shoal in the South China Sea. (AFP Photo)
This year marks one of the most important years for ASEAN’s geopolitical landscape. During the plenary session of the 34th ASEAN Summit in June, all member states agreed to adopt the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific. The brief five-page document emphasised the ASEAN led mechanism in dealing with strategic issues in the Indo-Pacific region. It could not be denied that one of the most important ongoing issues in the region is still the South China Sea dispute, so will the Outlook help to solve the ongoing dispute? Tiếp tục đọc “ASEAN Outlook to solve South China Sea dispute?”

ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific

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The AsiaPacific and Indian Ocean regions are amongst the most dynamic in the world as well as centers of economic growth for decadesAs a result, these regions continue to experience geopolitical and geostrategic shiftsThese shifts present opportunities as well as challengesOn the one hand, the economic growth of the region opens up possibilities of cooperation to alleviate poverty and elevate living standards of millions of peopleOn the other hand, the rise of material powers, i.eeconomic and military, requires avoiding the deepening of mistrust, miscalculation, and patterns of behavior based on a zerosum game.

Download the full statement here.

‘We are losing control’: China’s ‘dangerous’ South China Sea plan almost complete

It’s a mission that has existed in the shadows, seizing control little-by-little – and now China’s ultimate plan is almost complete.

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news.com.au JANUARY 2, 20209:56AM

Nghề hạ bạc, vài ba chữ dùng trong giới bình dân

TĐH: Các footnotes số và chữ đỏ là của TĐH thêm vào bài.

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Trong lời tựa cuốn “Văn Minh Miệt Vườn”, Sơn Nam có viết “văn minh là nếp sống vật chất, là ăn, mặc, ở, cách thức sinh nhai.”(1) Là một người lớn lên ở miệt vườn ấy với địa thế đất ruộng bao la của một cõi Nam phần được tưới tràn một mạng nhện sông rạch chằng chịt, chúng tôi biết được “cách sinh nhai”, một mảng văn minh ở miền này, ngoài nghề chánh là làm ruộng, còn có nghề bắt cá mà ông bà xưa thường gọi là nghề hạ bạc.(i)

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