20 jailed over bomb blast at HCMC police station

By Quoc Thang   September 22, 2020 | 03:22 pm GMT+7 vnexpress

A court in HCMC sentenced 20 people to up to 24 years in jail on Tuesday for their involvement in the bombing of a police station in 2018.

The HCMC People’s Court deemed the bombing a dangerous act that violated national security.

Nguyen Khanh, residing in Dong Nai Province that borders HCMC, that mastermind in the bombing, will serve a 24-year prison sentence for terrorism and illegal manufacturing, possession and purchase of explosives.

The court also imposed a VND10 million ($429) fine per each of 20 defendants, who will have to enter local confinement for three to five years after their release.

Nguyen Khanh after a trial against his directing a police station bombing in HCMC, September 22, 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Huu Khoa.
Nguyen Khanh after a trial against his directing a police station bombing in HCMC, September 22, 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Huu Khoa.

According to the panel, Khanh was upset over a local land dispute and enticed by 68-year-old Ngo Van Hoang Hung in Canada to join Trieu Dai Viet (Vietnam Dynasty), which opposes the Vietnamese government. Khanh was promised the position of the organization’s chief of Dong Nai Province upon the successful purchase of explosives and recruitment of additional organization members.

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Police bust condom recycling facility in southern Vietnam

Tuesday, September 22, 2020, 18:29 GMT+7 tuoitrenews

Police bust condom recycling facility in southern Vietnam
This photo supplied by market monitors shows used condoms being recycled at a facility in Binh Duong Province.

Authorities in Vietnam uncovered a vast number of used condoms being recycled and stocked for sale following a raid on an apartment on Saturday.

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Vietnam a responsible UN member

23/09/2020    09:08 GMT+7 vietnamnet

Since officially joining the United Nations on September 20, 1977, Vietnam has been a responsible member, making positive contributions to the United Nations.

Vietnam a responsible UN member
The opening ceremony of the 32nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York passes a resolution recognising Vietnam as a member of the United Nations, September 20, 1977. Source: VNA
Vietnam a responsible UN member
In 2007, Vietnam was elected as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the term of 2008-2009. This is the first time that Vietnam has participated in the UN’s most important body for international peace and security. In the photo: Delegates congratulate the Vietnamese delegation on the election of Vietnam as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the 2008-2009 term at the UN General Assembly meeting, October 16, 2007. Photo: VNA
Vietnam a responsible UN member
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US-China fight over fishing is really about world domination

China has clashed with neighbors over its fishing in the contested South China Sea, pictured here. Controversially, Chinese fishermen also venture as far as Argentina and Ecuador. Yao Feng/VCG via Getty Images

September 21, 2020 10.15pm AEST The Conversation

Author Blake Earle, Professor of History, Texas A&M University

Author Blake Earle, Professor of History, Texas A&M University

UN General Assembly: US-China tensions flare over coronavirus

  • 22 September 2020 BBC
Media captionTrump, Xi Jinping and Guterres address the UN General Assembly

Tensions between the US and China came to the fore of the annual UN General Assembly in New York, with US President Donald Trump blaming China for the spread of coronavirus.

He called for China to be held “accountable” for the pandemic.

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USCG Releases New Plan to Combat Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing

TĐH: with a focus on China

Posted on  by Seapower Staff

A boarding team from the USCGC Sequoia (WLB 215) approaches a Taiwanese fishing vessel in the Pacific Ocean, March 13, 2020. The crew undertook a fisheries patrol as part of joint efforts for Operation Rai Balang under the Forum Fisheries Agency. U.S. Coast Guard / USCGC Sequoia

WASHINGTON — The Coast Guard has released a new strategy to enhance global safety, security, and stewardship of the maritime domain by combatting Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) fishing, Coast Guard Headquarters said in a Sept. 17 release. 

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SCIENCE JOURNALS: A NEW FRONTLINE IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA DISPUTES


BY NGUYEN THUY ANH | JULY 15, 2020
AMTI UPDATE

China has not only attempted to change facts on the ground in the South China Sea, but is also seeking to gradually change the world’s mind regarding its claims there. This battle over perceptions has not received adequate attention.

China’s Mapfare

The nine-dash line is a representation of China’s expansive claims in the South China Sea. The line itself is a collection of arbitrary dashes or dots without specific coordinates. China has not given any official explanations regarding its precise delimitation or legal origin. This claim has been openly rejected by VietnamIndonesia, the Philippines, and the United States, and has been criticized by numerous international scholars. More importantly, the claim to historic waters within the line was rejected by the arbitral award of the South China Sea tribunal in July 2016. But China has disregarded the ruling and insists on the nine-dash line claim.

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HOW SIGNIFICANT IS THE NEW U.S. SOUTH CHINA SEA POLICY?


BY GREGORY POLING | JULY 14, 2020
AMTI UPDATE

Yesterday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced an important shift in U.S. declaratory policy on the South China Sea. This morning, Assistant Secretary of State David Stilwell elaborated further during remarks at CSIS’s annual South China Sea Conference. The press statement from Pompeo listed specific Chinese maritime claims the United States considers illegal. The statement marks a significant clarification of prior U.S. positions but not a radical break from past policy. It makes explicit things that had been implied by previous administrations. And in that it sets the stage for more effective diplomatic messaging and stronger responses to China’s harassment of its neighbors. U.S. partners and allies in the region were seemingly briefed in advance—the Philippine defense secretary, for instance, was ready with a positive statement within hours. And the new policy sparked excited, and often hyperbolic, coverage in the press and social media.

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India tests new French fighter jets in skies near China border

Sept. 22, 2020 CNA

An Indian Air Force Rafale jet flies over Leh, the main city in the contested Ladakh region on the border with China. (Photo: AFP/Mohd Arhaan ARCHER)

NEW DELHI: India’s new French Rafale jets have flown “familiarisation” flights above the border region contested with China where a deadly clash between soldiers from the nuclear-armed neighbours took place in June, an official told AFP on Monday (Sep 21).

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EXPLORING CHINA’S UNMANNED OCEAN NETWORK


PUBLISHED: JUNE 16, 2020 amti.csis

China has deployed a network of sensors and communications capabilities between Hainan Island and the Paracel Islands in the northern South China Sea. These capabilities are part of a “Blue Ocean Information Network” (蓝海信息网络) developed by China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC), a state-owned company, to aid in the exploration and control of the maritime environment using information technology. The network constructed in the northern South China Sea between early 2016 and 2019 is referred to as a demonstration system. However, future plans for the Blue Ocean Information Network involve expanding the sensor and communications network to the rest of the South China Sea, the East China Sea, and other ocean areas far from Chinese territory. While the Blue Ocean Information Network is largely cast as an environmental monitoring and communications system, the military utility of its sensing and communications functions makes its development important to monitor.

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US claims UN sanctions on Iran reinstated. The world disagrees

Washington isolated as global allies and adversaries say its unilateral move targeting Tehran has no legal standing.

by Maziar Motamedi 20 Sept 2020, Al Jareeza

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Tehran, Iran – The United States has broken with all other permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and unilaterally declared the re-imposition of all UN sanctions against Iran – a claim rejected by Iran and the international community, including Washington’s close allies, as having no legal basis.

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US slaps new sanctions on Iranians for Venezuela trade

Trump administration is seeking to block Iran’s energy trade and to bring down Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

25 Jun 2020 Al Jareeza

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news briefing at the State Department in Washington, DC. Pompeo announced new US sanctions against Iran on Wednesday [File: Nicholas Kamm/AP Photo]
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news briefing at the State Department in Washington, DC. Pompeo announced new US sanctions against Iran on Wednesday [File: Nicholas Kamm/AP Photo]

MORE ON IRAN

The United States on Wednesday imposed sanctions on five Iranian ship captains who had delivered oil to Venezuela, and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reaffirmed the Trump administration’s backing for Venezuelan opposition leader, Juan Guaido.

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Rivalries challenge UN as it marks 75 years since founding

Calls for reform and cooperation as pandemic, US scepticism and growing US-China tensions undermine int’l organisation.

22 Sep 2020 01:25 GMT Al Jareeza

The annual United Nations meetings will be held virtually with those in the hall seated far apart because of the coronavirus pandemic [Eskinder Debebe/UN Photo via EPA]
The annual United Nations meetings will be held virtually with those in the hall seated far apart because of the coronavirus pandemic [Eskinder Debebe/UN Photo via EPA]

World leaders came together, virtually, on Monday to mark the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, as the coronavirus pandemic and economic disruption challenge the effectiveness and solidarity of the organisation that was set up after the horrors of World War II.

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A quick guide to the US-China trade war

16 January 2020, BBC

Containers are unloaded at Qingdao Port

The world’s two largest economies have been locked in a bitter trade battle.

The dispute has seen the US and China impose tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars worth of one another’s goods.

US President Donald Trump has long accused China of unfair trading practices and intellectual property theft.

In China, there is a perception that America is trying to curb its rise as a global economic power.

Negotiations are ongoing but have proven difficult. In January, the two sides signed a preliminary deal but some of the thorniest issues remain unresolved.

Uncertainties around the trade war have hurt businesses and weighed on the global economy.

What tariffs have been imposed?

Mr Trump’s tariffs policy aims to encourage consumers to buy American products by making imported goods more expensive.

The US has imposed tariffs on more than $360bn (£268bn) of Chinese goods, and China has retaliated with tariffs on more than $110bn of US products.

Washington delivered three rounds of tariffs in 2018, and a fourth one in September last year. The most recent round targeted Chinese imports, from meat to musical instruments, with a 15% duty.

Beijing hit back with tariffs ranging from 5% to 25% on US goods.

What’s next?

Under the so-called “phase one” deal signed in January, China pledged to boost US imports by $200bn above 2017 levels and strengthen intellectual property rules.

The US agreed to halve some of the new tariffs it had imposed on China.

The White House said it will tackle additional issues in a second, “phase two” deal but analysts said they didn’t expect anything concrete anytime soon

US-China relations: the pre-Trump warning shot that signalled trouble ahead

The souring relationship between Washington and Beijing was forewarned in 2005 ‘responsible stakeholder’ speechFormer State Department official Robert Zoellick provoked anger when he said China should not take access to the US for granted

Ethan Paul

Ethan Paul

Published: 12:00pm, 21 Sep, 2020 SCMP

Former US State Department official Robert Zoellick, who later served as president of the World Bank, gave a speech in 2005 warning of a rise in protectionist sentiment. Photo: AFP

Former US State Department official Robert Zoellick, who later served as president of the World Bank, gave a speech in 2005 warning of a rise in protectionist sentiment. Photo: AFP

When former deputy secretary of state Robert Zoellick stepped up to the podium to deliver the keynote address at the National Committee on US-China Relations’ annual gala in 2005, he was expected to offer the usual rosy celebration of the relationship reserved for such occasions. That did not happen.

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