Cột mốc chủ quyền đặc biệt: Lai Châu – Cuối trời Tây Bắc (4 bài)

Cột mốc chủ quyền đặc biệt:

Lai Châu – Cuối trời Tây Bắc: Nóc nhà biên cương

Mai Thanh Hải – 06/02/2023 08:25 GMT+7

TN – Gần 80 năm sau ngày lập nước, Lai Châu vẫn là tỉnh khó khăn, đi lại xa xôi vất vả và có mật độ dân số thấp nhất toàn quốc. Trong 7 tỉnh biên giới phía bắc, Lai Châu có chiều dài đường biên thứ 3, nhưng sự khó khăn trong quản lý, bảo vệ biên giới thì vẫn… đứng đầu cả nước.

Qua một đêm, tôi tới TP.Lai Châu (tỉnh Lai Châu), thêm nửa ngày nữa mới tới huyện lỵ Mường Tè và lên Đồn biên phòng Pa Vệ Sử (đóng ở xã Pa Vệ Sử, H.Mường Tè, Lai Châu), nghỉ qua đêm để sáng hôm sau lên mốc 42 – nóc nhà biên cương, đi lại khó khăn vất vả nhất toàn quốc.

Mốc “3 ngày 2 đêm”

Đại tá Nguyễn Văn Hưng, Chính ủy Bộ đội biên phòng (BĐBP) Lai Châu, bảo: Ở Lai Châu, có 2 cột mốc cao nhất nhì VN là mốc 79 và 42. Mốc 79 tuy cao nhất (2.880,69 m) nhưng đi lại vẫn dễ hơn so với mốc 42 (2.856,5 m); bộ đội đi tuần tra, thường là đi bộ 3 ngày 2 đêm…

Cán bộ, chiến sĩ BĐBP Đồn Pa Vệ Sử tặng lương thực, thực phẩm cho gia đình ông Vàng Và Sừ (người La Hủ) dọc đường lên mốc 42 Tiếp tục đọc “Cột mốc chủ quyền đặc biệt: Lai Châu – Cuối trời Tây Bắc (4 bài)”

Warren Buffett’s shifting Asian portfolio

Geopolitics push ‘Oracle of Omaha’ to move away from China and invest in Japan


KENJI KAWASE, Nikkei Asia chief business news correspondentMAY 24, 2023 04:30 JST

OMAHA, U.S. — For Antonius Budianto, an independent stock investor from Indonesia, it was a dream come true to be in Omaha, Nebraska for the first time.

Traveling from East Java with his wife and 14-year-old daughter, Antonius was standing in a queue in front of Omaha’s CHI Health Center at 3 a.m. to grab a seat at the annual general shareholders meeting of investment company Berkshire Hathaway on May 6. Antonius said they wanted to be “as close as possible” to the podium as his two business idols — Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger — sat and took questions from shareholders in the audience and around the world.

Antonius has been investing in listed stocks in Indonesia for over 20 years, faithfully following the Buffett method: focus on a few companies with strong earnings, handsome dividend payments and sound corporate governance, and hold on to them, sometimes for decades. At Berkshire, this strategy has been distilled into the oft-repeated maxim: “Just hold the goddamn stock,” as Munger put it that day.

For his part, Antonius has been making a living as a full-time professional investor since 2010.

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Xi upends secret world of US$10,000 an hour China experts


Beijing clamps down on ‘expert networks’ over threats to national security, sending shockwaves through the financial world with experts saying the move will derail China’s push to attract foreign investors

Private conversations with corporate insiders and ex-government officials that cost upwards of US$10,000 an hour. Coded language and blurred regulatory lines.

For hedge funds and other global investors, China’s vast web of “expert networks” has become a key tool for navigating an opaque but potentially lucrative economic powerhouse. For Xi Jinping’s (習近平) Communist Party, the secretive industry represents something far more ominous: a threat to national security that must be reined in.

That contradiction is now sending shockwaves through the financial world as China’s government cracks down on the expert networks it had showered in praise less than a decade ago during Xi’s first term as president. The anti-espionage campaign — which centers on Capvision, a giant of the industry with offices in Shanghai and New York — has reignited concern among China watchers that Xi’s fixation on security and tightening grip on information will derail his push to attract foreign investors.

In this image taken from undated video footage run by China’s CCTV, Chinese police raid the Capvision office in Shanghai. China’s chief foreign intelligence agency has raided the offices of business consulting firm Capvision in Beijing and other Chinese cities as part of an ongoing crackdown on foreign businesses that provide sensitive economic data. Photo: AP


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Winning without fighting? Why China is exploring ‘cognitive warfare.’

Visitors stand in front of a giant screen displaying Chinese leader Xi Jinping next to a flag of the Communist Party of China, at the Military Museum of the Chinese People’s Revolution in Beijing last October. | REUTERS

With the U.S. and its allies rapidly bolstering military capabilities around Taiwan, a successful Chinese invasion, let alone an occupation, of the self-ruled island is becoming an increasingly difficult proposition.

But with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) increasingly focused on “intelligent warfare” — a reference to artificial intelligence-enabled military systems and operational concepts — experts warn that Beijing could eventually have a new card up its sleeve: “cognitive warfare.”

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Traffickers switch to Myanmar after China erects border fence

The electrified metal fence, topped with razor wire and cameras, has prompted criminals to seek out new destinations.

China’s new ‘mega fence’, seen here in Ha Giang, runs for more than 1,000km along its border with Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar. [Courtesy of Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation]

By Chris Humphrey

Aljazeera – Published On 24 May 202324 May 2023

Hanoi, Vietnam – When she arrived at her destination in Myanmar’s northern Shan state, expecting to start a new job, Diep* a 19-year-old Vietnamese woman, realised she had been trafficked.

Left in a locked room alone, she could hear other people but not see them. Armed men were guarding the house.

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Berkeley’s $220M Mistake Exposed in Massive Deal With China


U.C. Berkeley repeatedly neglected to disclose its deal with China to the U.S. government.

Yuichiro Kakutani

Updated May. 22, 2023 7:18AM ET / Published May. 22, 2023 4:59AM ET 

U.C. Berkeley has failed to disclose to the U.S. government massive Chinese state funding for a highly sensitive $240 million joint tech venture in China that has been running for the last eight years.

The Californian university has not registered with the U.S. government that it received huge financial support from the city of Shenzhen for a tech project inside China, which also included partnerships with Chinese companies that have since been sanctioned by the U.S. or accused of complicity in human rights abuses.

The university has failed to declare a $220 million investment from the municipal government of Shenzhen to build a research campus in China. A Berkeley spokesperson told The Daily Beast that the university had yet to declare the investment—announced in 2018—because the campus is still under construction. However, a former Department of Education official who used to help manage the department’s foreign gifts and contracts disclosure program said that investment agreements must be disclosed within six months of signing, not when they are fully executed.

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Xuất khẩu tiểu ngạch sang Trung Quốc – 3 bài

Xuất khẩu tiểu ngạch sang Trung Quốc: Bài 1 – Khi tiêu chuẩn thị trường thay đổi

Công thương – 23/04/2023 23:36 – Nhóm phóng viên kinh tế

Nếu trước đây việc xuất khẩu tiểu ngạch sang thị trường Trung Quốc khá dễ dàng thì gần đây thị trường này đã có nhiều thay đổi về tiêu chuẩn nhập khẩu.

Thị trường Trung Quốc rất thích quả vải Việt Nam

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World’s apparel and sneakers hub Vietnam struggles as US ban on Xinjiang cotton bites


By Francesco Guarascio and Khanh Vu

Labourers work at a garment factory in Bac Giang province, near Hanoi
Labourers work at a garment factory in Bac Giang province, near Hanoi October 21, 2015. Vietnam’s textiles and footwear would gain strongly from the TPP, after exports of $31 billion last year for brands such as Nike, Adidas, H&M, Gap, Zara, Armani and Lacoste. REUTERS/Kham
  • Summary
  • Companies
  • Vietnam apparel worst hit by U.S. curbs, data show
  • Apparel suppliers to big brands depend on Chinese input
  • Blow to apparel exports hurts Vietnam’s growth

HANOI, April 27 (Reuters) – Tighter U.S. rules to ban imports from China’s Xinjiang are compounding pressure on Vietnam’s apparel and footwear makers, hitting a sector that has already shed nearly 90,000 jobs since October in the global manufacturing hub as demand slowed.

Among garment exporters, Vietnam has faced the worst hit from the the Uyghur Forced Labor Protection Act (UFLPA), a Reuters review of official U.S. data showed. The law, in place since June, requires companies to prove that they do not use raw material or components produced with Xinjiang’s forced labor.

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Myanmar is a failing state, led by a junta fuelled by Russian arms, says UN rights envoy


Civilians are being killed by Russian weapons just like in Ukraine, says special rapporteur Tom Andrews in call for global action

A man sits in front of a house destroyed by the Myanmar junta’s air strike.

A man sits in front of a house destroyed by a Myanmar junta air strike. The UN special rapporteur for human rights there has called for an arms embargo. Photograph: SOPA Images/LightRocket/Getty Images

Rebecca Ratcliffe South-east Asia correspondentWed 15 Mar 2023 19.00 GMT

Myanmar is a “failing state” and the crisis is getting exponentially worse, a UN special rapporteur for the country has warned, urging countries to adopt the same unified resolve that followed the invasion of Ukraine.

“The same types of weapons that are killing Ukrainians are killing people in Myanmar,” Tom Andrews, special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, told the Guardian in an interview, citing the supply of Russian weapons to the junta since the coup two years ago. The junta relies heavily on aircraft from China and Russia, and has increasingly resorted to airstrikes to attempt to quell determined resistance forces.

The international response to Myanmar has been inadequate and some countries are continuing to enable the junta’s atrocities, Andrews said, calling for an arms embargo.

A man sits in front of a house that was burned by a military air strike


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How online searches for ‘Ukraine’ and ‘Taiwan’ are censored in China: study

Thousands of combinations of keywords attract either no matches on internet platforms or redirect to approved content, Canadian research group saysThree-month project shows infringement of ‘rights to freely access political and religious content’

Sylvie Zhuang

Sylvie Zhuang in Beijing

Published: 7:58pm, 28 Apr, 2023, SCMP

A Canadian study has detailed censored search terms about the war in Ukraine on Chinese platforms.  Photo: Shutterstock Images

A Canadian study has detailed censored search terms about the war in Ukraine on Chinese platforms. Photo: Shutterstock Images

Ukraine” and “Taiwan” are among a wide range of newly discovered keyword combinations censored by Chinese search engines and social media platforms, according to a study by a group of Canadian researchers.

In a report released on Wednesday, researchers from the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab said they looked at eight platforms accessible in China and found “60,000 unique censorship rules used to partially or totally censor search results”.

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China and Taiwan: A Torrid Backstory

Tensions between the United States and China over Taiwan have been on the rise. Here’s what lies behind them.

Monday, April 17th, 2023 New York Times

This transcript was created using speech recognition software. While it has been reviewed by human transcribers, it may contain errors. Please review the episode audio before quoting from this transcript and email transcripts@nytimes.com with any questions.

Sabrina Tavernise: From “The New York Times,” I’m Sabrina Tavernise. And this is “The Daily.” [MUSIC PLAYING]

The posturing between the US and China has been intensifying in recent weeks, especially when it comes to Taiwan. Today, my colleague, Edward Wong, on why China is so fixated on Taiwan and how the US got in the middle of it.

It’s Monday, April 17.

So, Ed, Taiwan has been back in the news again for the past few weeks. Tell us why.

Edward Wong: Well, Sabrina, we saw tensions spike this month over Taiwan. Earlier this month, the president of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen, stopped in Los Angeles on her way back to Taiwan from Central America. Archived Recording (Tsai Ing-Wen)

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Campuchia và sự trỗi dậy của một cường quốc nhỏ

NCLS – Tháng Tư 19, 2023

Thủ tướng Hun Sen, kỹ năng chính trị và kiến thức của ông là vô song. CPP

Kavi Chongkittavorn

19 Tháng Tư, 2023

Biên dịch: GaD

Đối với Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen [Lãnh chúa chỉ huy quân sự tối cao Hun Sen], Thủ tướng Campuchia, thời gian là tất cả. Do đó, không có gì ngạc nhiên khi nhà lãnh đạo tại vị lâu nhất thế giới gần đây đã phát tín hiệu rằng ông sẽ từ chức chính trường. Không thể tin được, phải không? Ông từng nói rằng ông sẽ nắm quyền cho đến năm 90 tuổi. Nếu ông ta không nói trực tiếp điều đó, sẽ không ai tin. Quyết định được cân nhắc cẩn thận của ông được đưa ra vào thời điểm quan trọng nhất do các điều kiện bên trong và bên ngoài hiện tại và những hậu quả lâu dài có thể xảy ra.

Quan trọng hơn, nó cũng chứng tỏ khả năng của Hun Sen vượt qua mọi cơn gió chính trị đang ập đến mình. Sức mạnh bền bỉ ấy là đặc biệt nhờ bản năng chính trị của ông – điều mà người Campuchia sẽ mô tả là “Noyubuy..Ascha Nas!” Và, nó đang lan rộng ra bên ngoài đất nước.

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China doesn’t want peace in Ukraine, Czech president warns

In an interview, Petr Pavel — a former general with NATO — argued China is benefiting too much from the war to play peacemaker.

Allies need to focus more on their military capabilities and ensuring that they have well-equipped forces at high readiness, according to the Petr Pavel | Vldimir Simicek/AFP via Getty Images


APRIL 25, 2023 4:03 AM CET, Politico.eu

China cannot be trusted to mediate peace between Russia and Ukraine, Czech President Petr Pavel is warning, telling POLITICO that Beijing benefits from prolonging the war. 

His comments come as China is trying to position itself as a peacemaker in Ukraine, recently floating a vague roadmap to ending the conflict. And while most Western allies have been skeptical of the overtures, some countries like France insist China could play a major role in peace talks.

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Alison A. KaufmanBrian Waidelich



This paper examines recent writings from the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in order to highlight major themes and evolution in concepts of deterrence, strategic stability, and escalation control, particularly between 2017 and 2022.

PRC writings during this period display growing concern that innovations in military technology over the past several decades undermine strategic stability. Many PRC authors argue that the balance of military capabilities that enabled China to maintain a fairly small nuclear deterrent is becoming more fragile, and that as a result, Beijing can no longer be confident in its ability to deter other countries from attacking China with nuclear or other strategic weapons.

This paper provides a baseline for understanding, from a conceptual perspective, how PRC authors frame the challenges that these dynamics pose to China’s strategic deterrent and to strategic stability, and the implications they may have for Beijing’s approach to strategic capabilities.



PRC writings link the concepts of strategic stability, strategic deterrence, and strategic capabilities. Although PRC authors do not explicitly employ an ends-ways-means construct, based on their discussions we may think of strategic stability as the ends, strategic deterrence as the ways, and strategic capabilities as the means.