Long Tan commemoration cancelled, then rescheduled with modifications agreed upon by Vietnamese and Australian PMs

For Aussies and New Zealanders, the Battle of Long Tan is the highlight of their wartime experience in Viet Nam, a singular event in which an outnumbered force of ANZAC infantry and artillery held off more than 1500 Viet Cong, inflicting serious casualties while suffering relatively few casualties of their own. Over the years, Vietnamese authorities have quietly permitted groups of Australian and New Zealand veterans to return on special occasions to commemorate the battle at the site near the beach resort town of Vung Tau. This year, the event threatened to balloon out of proportion and the Vietnamese cancelled their authorization at the last minute, later amending the decision to permit a much smaller event as had been the practice in the past. The situation has stirred considerable comment, not unlike the controversy surrounding the appointment of former Sen. Bob Kerrey to be Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the new Fulbright University Vietnam. Kerrey, who eventually admitted his role as a U.S. Navy Seal in the killing of more than a dozen Vietnamese women, children, and old men in a nighttime raid intended to wipe out suspected Viet Cong, has said he does not intend to step down from his appointment despite the controversy. Continue reading “Long Tan commemoration cancelled, then rescheduled with modifications agreed upon by Vietnamese and Australian PMs”

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Vietnam Lifts Ban on Australian Commemoration of 1966 Battle

AUG. 18, 2016, 1:45 A.M. E.D.T.

New York Time

VUNG TAU, Vietnam — Under pressure from top Australian officials, Vietnam on Thursday lifted its sudden ban on veterans who had traveled to the country to mark the 50th anniversary of Australia’s most costly battle of the Vietnam War, with the government allowing low-key commemorations. Continue reading “Vietnam Lifts Ban on Australian Commemoration of 1966 Battle”

Thư ngỏ gửi Thủ tướng Australia về vấn đề Hồ sơ Panama

AA – Tuesday, May 10, 2016 – 10:22

Thưa Ngài Thủ tướng,

Chúng tôi đại diện cho một bộ phận người dân Australia đến từ nhiều nơi và nhiều ngành nghề khác nhau có cùng chung sự tin tưởng rằng xã hội của chúng ta phải được xây dựng trên một nền tảng bình đẳng và công bằng. Continue reading “Thư ngỏ gửi Thủ tướng Australia về vấn đề Hồ sơ Panama”

Post CEO remembers starting the Vietnam Investment Review in the early 90s

Fri, 25 January 2013 Phnom Penh Post

When Post Media Ltd CEO Chris Dawe first landed in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, in the late 1980s, the business landscape was barren and there wasn’t much infrastructure for taking care of visitors.

“I vividly remember stepping off the plane and walking into a tin shed where my suitcase was delivered on the back of a truck and from there it was placed in a pile which I then had to find as everybody together scrambled to find theirs, no trolleys – total confusion,” Dawe said.

“Finally after escaping customs, there were no taxis no anything just thousands of locals surrounding me and offering me everything from foodstuffs to women. I finally succumbed to the pressure and accepted a lift in a cyclo to eventually arrive at my hotel exhausted.” Continue reading “Post CEO remembers starting the Vietnam Investment Review in the early 90s”

Indo-Pacific Economic Corridor: Opportunity for U.S., Indian, & ASEAN Statesmanship

by  • September 2, 2015

By James Wallar

The Gokteik Viaduct in western Shan State, Myanmar, built in 1900 by the Pennsylvania and Maryland Bridge Construction company. Plans for greater connectivity between India and Southeast Asia will require upgrading infrastructure in east India, Myanmar, and neighboring Bangladesh. Source: Lacest20's flickr photostream, used under a creative commons license.
The Gokteik Viaduct in western Shan State, Myanmar, built in 1900 by Pennsylvania and Maryland Bridge Construction. Plans for greater connectivity between India and Southeast Asia will require upgrading infrastructure in east India, Myanmar, and neighboring Bangladesh. Source: Lacest20’s flickr photostream, used under a creative commons license.

CogitASIA – The U.S. administration’s rebalance toward Asia is fundamental to U.S. economic, commercial, and security interests and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is the fulcrum for the economic pivot. Although facing headwinds typical in the end game of trade negotiations, the smart money is on the TPP delivering the most advanced trade agreement ever. Continue reading “Indo-Pacific Economic Corridor: Opportunity for U.S., Indian, & ASEAN Statesmanship”

Survival drill unites US, Chinese, Australian forces Down Under

Stars & Stripes

 

U.S. Marines, U.S. and Australian Army soldiers and People’s Liberation Army personnel move to the survival training camp during Exercise Kowari 15 in the Northern Territory, Australia, Aug. 31, 2015. Kowari is environmental survival training hosted by Australia that includes the U.S., Australia and China.

Ten U.S. Marines and soldiers are in the Australian Outback for Kowari 15, a trilateral exercise with Chinese and Australian forces that focuses on survival in harsh environments.

Kowari, which runs through Sept. 12 and first took place last year, provides participants with an understanding of the basic principles, procedures, techniques and equipment to survive severe conditions, the Australian army said in a statement.

Continue reading “Survival drill unites US, Chinese, Australian forces Down Under”

Australia alarmed by strategic rivalry in South China Sea

Wed Sep 2, 2015 5:31am EDT

 
Australia expressed alarm on Wednesday at escalating strategic rivalry in the South China Sea, saying it puts Asia at the risk of a military blunder with potentially serious consequences. Continue reading “Australia alarmed by strategic rivalry in South China Sea”

How Asia-Pacific Publics See Each Other and Their National Leaders

Japan Viewed Most Favorably, No Leader Enjoys Majority Support

Pew Research Center
Japan Viewed Most Favorably by Publics in the Asia-Pacific RegionThe coming decades promise to be the Asian Century, when the most populous region, with some of the world’s fastest growing economies, is likely to become the global nexus of commercial, cultural and geopolitical activity. For this reason, how people in the Asia-Pacific region, including Australia, see each other and their leaders is of growing importance. Continue reading “How Asia-Pacific Publics See Each Other and Their National Leaders”