Asia, US Defense Ministers Fail to Reach South China Sea Agreement

U.S. Defense Secretary to Join Aircraft Carrier on South China Sea Patrol

Asean summit founders after China insists on no mention of territorial dispute

Updated Nov. 4, 2015 10:23 a.m. ET

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter will visit a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier on patrol in the South China Sea on Thursday in a show of strength to reinforce Washington’s resistance to Chinese assertiveness in the disputed region.

The growing U.S.-China rivalry in the South China Sea overshadowed a high-level Asian defense summit in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday as the Malaysian hosts confirmed there would be no agreement to cap talks, which ultimately foundered on the question of how to mediate territorial disputes. Tiếp tục đọc “Asia, US Defense Ministers Fail to Reach South China Sea Agreement”

Xi, Obama go tieless to untie various issues at private dinner

( Updated: 2015-09-25 09:43

US President Barack Obama hosts a private dinner for Chinese President Xi Jinping at Blair House in Washington DC, September 24, 2015. [Photo by Lan Hongguang/Xinhua]

Xi, Obama go tieless to untie various issues at private dinner

President Xi Jinping and President Barack Obama held a three-hour private dinner Thursday night, investing more time in building personal ties.

The private dinner, scheduled for two hours, extended to about three hours, with people around the event saying the two leaders explored many issues.

The two presidents walked shoulder to shoulder through the Pennsylvania Avenue before arriving at the Blair House, reminding audience of their talks during the past two years.

State Councilor Yang Jiechi, Foreign Minister Wang Yi, and Xi’s presidential office head and chief aid Ding Xuexiang joined the dinner.

On the US side, Secretary of State John Kerry and National Security Adviser Susan Rice were on hand for the informal dinner. Tiếp tục đọc “Xi, Obama go tieless to untie various issues at private dinner”

Vietnam demands Thailand probe deadly attacks on fishing boats

Tuoi Tre News

Updated : 09/18/2015 11:48 GMT + 7

The fishing ship KG 94059 TS, from the southern province of Kien Giang, was shot by a ship of the Thai Coast Guard on September 11, 2015, leaving Captain Ngo Van Sinh dead.

Vietnam has required Thailand to investigate a case in which a Thai police boat attacked some Vietnamese fishing ships last week, leaving a fisherman dead and two others injured, according to the Vietnamese foreign ministry.  

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Vietnam Then and Now

August 26, 2015

This article was adapted from a speech presented at “Advancing Prosperity: U.S.-Vietnam Development Cooperation,” a celebration in Hanoi organized in conjunction with a visit by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

Michael DiGregorio speaking at "Advancing Prosperity: U.S.-Vietnam Development Cooperation."

In the early years of Renovation (Doi Moi), at a time when the market economy was just beginning to gain a foothold, Hanoi was a much greener city than it is today. Nearly all the fruits and vegetables, meats, and fish consumed here were produced in the suburbs and sold fresh in the city’s public markets. Within the city, Ho Tay and Bay Mau lakes produced hundreds of tons of fish per year. South of the city, a network of large lakes that also served as the city’s wastewater treatment system produced hundreds more. There were hardly any cars on the roads, and hardly any gas stations or motorcycle repair shops either. All the motorcycles were new, and the few large trucks that produced plumes of diesel fumes were regarded as a nuisance. The air was so clear in those days that the mountains west of the city were visible much of the year. They are a rare sight now. Tiếp tục đọc “Vietnam Then and Now”