US-India Talks Come Amid Heightened China Tensions

By Nike ChingUpdated October 25, 2020 01:41 PM VOA

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo waves before boarding his plane departing from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, Sept. 17, 2019.

STATE DEPARTMENT – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper departed for India Sunday to strengthen bilateral security cooperation as Washington looks to confront Chinese geopolitical and economic challenges in the Indo-Pacific region.   

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WHO’S TAKING SIDES ON CHINA’S MARITIME CLAIMS?


PUBLISHED: SEPTEMBER 24, 2020 CSIS

On December 12, 2019, Malaysia made a partial submission to the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) outlining the northern part of its purported extended continental shelf in the South China Sea. It set off a flurry of diplomatic notes from other claimants and interested parties. China lodged its objections the very same day. A few months later, the Philippines weighed in. Then China again followed by Vietnam and so on. The salvos have continued for nearly a year. To date, 12 countries have joined this back and forth via notes to the CLCS. This also coincided with a general review by Washington of the U.S. position on South China Sea claims. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on July 13 clarified that the United States agrees with the merits of the 2016 decision in the Philippines’ arbitration case against China.

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US-China relations: Xi Jinping ups rhetorical ante as Donald Trump and Joe Biden both compete to talk tough

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Published: 10:00pm, 23 Oct, 2020 SCMP

Both Donald Trump and Joe Biden have promised to take a tough stance on China. Photo: Xinhua

Both Donald Trump and Joe Biden have promised to take a tough stance on China. Photo: Xinhua

As the US presidential candidates sparred over how to counter China, the country’s leader Xi Jinping was making clear that a newly emboldened country would not back down from a fight.

In a speech marking the 70th anniversary of China’s entry into the Korean war – the only military conflict between Chinese and American forces – Xi outlined in no uncertain terms that the “century of humiliation” Beijing said it suffered at the hands of Western aggressors was long gone.

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Resilient Shores: Vietnam’s Coastal Development Between Opportunity and Disaster Risk

 OCTOBER 21, 2020 World Bank

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In a country that is among the most exposed to natural hazards, Vietnam’s coastline often bears the brunt. Resilient Shores lays out a resilience strategy that can guide Vietnam through the decisive actions it must take to safeguard the prosperity of future generations from climate change and disaster risks.

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China threatens retaliation after new US arms sales to Taiwan

Two US-made Taiwanese F-16 fighter jets take-of from the Hualien air force base in Taiwan on January
File photo of two US-made Taiwanese F-16 fighter jets. (Photo: AFP/Sam Yeh)

22 Oct 2020 05:44PM

BEIJING: China threatened on Thursday (Oct 22) to retaliate against the latest US arms sale to Taiwan, as the island welcomed the weapons package but said it was not looking to get into an arms race with Beijing.

The Trump administration has ramped up support for Taiwan through arms sales and visits by senior US officials, adding to tensions between Beijing and Washington, already heightened by disagreements over the South China Sea, Hong Kong, human rights and trade.

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TẠI SAO CẦN ĐẦU TƯ VÀO NĂNG LƯỢNG TÁI TẠO NGAY BÂY GIỜ?

English: 3 Reasons to Invest in Renewable Energy Now

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Ảnh: Roland Balik: Các nghiên cứu chỉ ra rằng các khoản đầu tư cho năng lượng tái tạo mang lại doanh thu cao và tạo ra nhiều việc làm.

Khi thảm kịch đại dịch Covid-19 của nhân loại trở nên tệ hơn, các hạn chế toàn cầu để ngăn chặn sự lây lan của vi rút bao gồm lệnh ở tại nhà, đóng cửa kinh doanh và lệnh cấm đi lại – có thể góp phần cho một cuộc suy thoái kinh tế tồi tệ nhất kể từ Đại suy thoái – The Great Depression tại Mỹ trước thế chiến thứ II. Virus đã gây ra tác động không thể quên cho ngành năng lượng: năng lượng sử dụng toàn cầu dự đoán sẽ giảm 6% trong trong năm 2020; ngành công nghiệp năng lượng tái tạo cũng không đứng ngoài cuộc

Theo như ước tính của Wood Mackenize , công suất lắp đặt toàn cầu của năng lượng mặt trời và pin tích điện năm 2020 dự kiến sẽ giảm gần 20% so với dự báo trước COVID -19, công suất lắp đặt tua bin gió dự kiến giảm 4,9 GW, tương đương 6%. Việc giảm công suất lắp đặt năng lượng tái tạo và các biện pháp tiết kiếm năng lượng dẫn đến mất 106,000 việc làm trong tháng 3 tại Hoa Kỳ, so với mất 51,000 việc làm trong lĩnh vực dầu khí trong cùng thời gian. Phân tích cũng chỉ ra rằng 15% tổng lượng lao động trong lĩnh vực năng lượng sạch của Mỹ có thể bị mất việc trong những tháng tới- nghĩa là hơn nửa triệu việc làm. Tiếp tục đọc “TẠI SAO CẦN ĐẦU TƯ VÀO NĂNG LƯỢNG TÁI TẠO NGAY BÂY GIỜ?”

Linking Air Pollution To Higher Coronavirus Death Rates

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recent Harvard analysis led by Professor Francesca Dominici along with Doctoral student Xiao Wu and Assistant Professor Rachel Nethery is the first nationwide study to show a statistical link between COVID-19 deaths and other diseases associated with long-term exposure to fine particulate matter. The paper has been submitted for peer review and publication in the New England Journal of Medicine.
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China commits to share year-round water data with Mekong River Commission

By Reuters   October 23, 2020 | 08:11 am GMT+7 vnexpressChina commits to share year-round water data with Mekong River CommissionA boat of rice in a canal in Hau Giang Province in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, March 13, 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Nguyet Nhi.

China on Thursday signed an agreement with the Mekong River Commission (MRC) to share year-round data on the flow of its portion of the vital waterway.

The move came amid concern that Chinese dams may be causing drought downstream in Southeast Asia.

A push for more data from China’s portion of the Mekong River – which Beijing calls the Lancang River – intensified this year after U.S. government criticism that 11 Chinese dams were “hoarding” water and hurting livelihoods downstream, an accusation Beijing denies.

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US designates six more Chinese media companies as foreign missions

By Ben Westcott and Jennifer HanslerCNN Business

Updated 0541 GMT (1341 HKT) October 22, 2020

Screengrabs from journalists speaking to press after being evacuated from China
Screengrabs from journalists speaking to press after being evacuated from China

Concept illustration released on Aug 23, 2016 by the lunar probe and space project center of Chinese State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence shows the concept portraying what the Mars rover and lander would look like. China's planetary exploration program has been named Tianwen, or Quest for Heavenly Truth, the China National Space Administration announced on Friday.

(CNN Business) The United States government has labeled six more Chinese media companies operating in the US as foreign missions in the latest round of tit-for-tat between Beijing and Washington over restrictions on journalists.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the decision at a press briefing on Wednesday, saying that the six media companies were “substantially or effectively controlled by a foreign government.””We’re not placing any restrictions on what these outlets can publish in the United States,” Pompeo said. “We simply want to ensure that American people, consumers of information, can differentiate between news written by a free press and propaganda distributed by the Chinese Communist Party itself. They’re not the same thing.”The US operations of Yicai Global, Jiefang Daily, Xinmin Evening News, Social Sciences in China Press, Beijing Review and Economic Daily will all be affected by the decision, according to a release from State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus.

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The U.S.-China Conflict Over Chips Is About to Get Uglier

Alan Crawford, DebWu, Colum Murphy and Ian KingFri, October 23, 2020, 12:42 AM GMT+7·11 mins read. Yahoo!Finance

The U.S.-China Conflict Over Chips Is About to Get Uglier
The U.S.-China Conflict Over Chips Is About to Get Uglier

(Bloomberg) — On a scorching hot day in late August, representatives of Taiwan’s government and industry crowded into the clinical cool of a state-of-the-art semiconductor facility for a symbolic moment in the global tech conflict.

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As rivalry with Washington heats up, Beijing commemorates ‘victory’ in ‘war to resist US aggression’

Analysis by James Griffiths, CNN

Updated 0559 GMT (1359 HKT) October 22, 2020

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Get daily analysis on the historic 2020 US election delivered to your inbox.Sign Me UpNo ThanksBy subscribing you agree to ourprivacy policy.In a lengthy front-page commentary in the People’s Liberation Army Daily, the official newspaper of China’s military, the author hailed the “glorious victory” which “left the Americans with the deepest impression that what Chinese people say counts,” and to respect “China’s red lines.”

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SANSHA CITY AND CORPORATE ACTIVITY IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA

TĐH: Woody Island, also called Yongxing Island (simplified Chinese: 永兴岛; traditional Chinese: 永興島; pinyin: Yǒngxīng Dǎo; lit.: ‘Eternal Prosperity Island’) in People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Phu Lam Island (Vietnamese: Đảo Phú Lâm) in Vietnam, is the largest of the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea (SCS), with an area of 2.1 square kilometres (0.81 sq mi). Wooddy Island and the rest of Paracels were taken by China’s intrusion forces from The Republic of Vietnam (Việt Nam Cộng Hòa) in the Paracel Battle of Jan. 1974. War of Aggression to take a disputed territory is a violation of the Charter of the United Nations, and cannot constitute a legitimate an legal possession of the territory. See China’s Three Wars of Aggression against the Vietnamese People)

The island has been under the control of the People’s Republic of China since 1956. It is administered by Sansha, a town located on the island.

BY ZACHARY HAVER | SEPTEMBER 22, 2020
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On August 26, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security added 24 Chinese companies to the Entity List for their activities in the South China Sea. The bureau targeted these entities specifically for “their role in helping the Chinese military construct and militarize the internationally condemned artificial islands in the South China Sea.” On the same day, the U.S. Department of State announced visa restrictions on Chinese individuals involved in reclamation, construction, militarization, and coercion in the South China Sea. While these measures come far too late to halt China’s island building campaign in the Spratly Islands, Washington’s latest steps illuminate the influence of companies in these disputes. Corporate activity, particularly the corporate activity associated with Sansha City, supports China’s efforts to exercise administrative control over the South China Sea.

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