Vietnamese always at a disadvantage when doing business with Chinese

April 8, 2013

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China has always been gaining the upper hand in doing business with Vietnam. Experts believe that Vietnam has been yielding to the big foreign partner on many issues. China remains the No. 1 trade partner for Vietnam. A report of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) showed that the two-way trade turnover in […]

Posted in: Corruption, Economy, Politics

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Dies

April 8, 2013

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Former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher talked with British Prime Minister David Cameron inside Number 10 Downing Street on June 8, 2010, in London. Suzanne Plunkett/Getty Images

‘Iron Lady’ Was Among Most Influential Global Leaders of Postwar Period Margaret Thatcher, the former British prime minister who became one of the most influential global leaders of the postwar period, died on Monday, April 8, 2013. LONDON—Margaret Thatcher, the former British prime minister who became one of the most influential global leaders of the […]

Posted in: Human Rights, Politics

China’s Xi Sets Tone on Regional Relations

April 7, 2013

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Xi Jinping delivers a speech in Boao, in southern China's Hainan province, on Sunday, April 7, 2013. - Reuters

BOAO, China—Chinese President Xi Jinping acknowledged Asian “frictions” and “hot spots” in an address on Sunday to regional business and political leaders amid mounting alarm over North Korea’s nuclear threat and territorial disputes between China and its neighbors. Mr. Xi didn’t single out any country in his address at the three-day Boao Forum for Asia, […]

Posted in: Economy, Politics

Vietnamese folk hero jailed for 5 years

April 7, 2013

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Doan Van Vuon (standing, 4th L), Doan Van Quy (standing, 2nd L) and Doan Van Sinh (standing, 3rd R) stand with policemen in front of the court dock to hear a verdict in Hai Phong, April 5, 2013, photo provided by the Vietnam News Agency (VNA).

HANOI — A court in northern Vietnam has sentenced two shrimp farmers charged with attempted murder during a land seizure to five years in prison. The case has stoked debate over crucial land use reforms in the country. On Friday, the Hai Phong People’s Court handed down the sentence to shrimp farmer Doan Van Vuon and […]

Vietnam’s Prosecutors Seek Lenient Sentence for ‘Folk Hero’ Farmer

April 4, 2013

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Vietnamese prosecutors on Thursday (April 4, 2013) asked a court to impose a lenient sentence on a former soldier who fought off a government eviction from his farm, a move some say is meant to avoid angering a public fed up with land seizures and corrupt officials. Prosecutors proposed that Doan Van Vuon be sentenced […]

EU-Vietnam weigh FTA

April 4, 2013

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A production line of the Viet Nam-Korea Ex-Import Garment Joinstock Company in Hoa Binh Province. The Viet Nam-EU Free Trade Agreement (FTA) that is expected to conclude by the end of 2014, would provide many tax preferentials for key Vietnamese commodities such as garments and textiles, leather, footwear and food. — VNA/VNS Photo Trong Dat

HANOI – A proposed free-trade agreement (FTA) between the European Union and Vietnam promises to bolster already fast-rising bilateral trade. While both sides agree an FTA would on the whole be mutually beneficial, negotiations will likely be complicated by the potential socio-economic impacts a pact would have on Vietnam’s fragile transitional economy. Negotiations, which started […]

Vietnamese Women Fall Prey to Sex Racket

April 4, 2013

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A group of young Vietnamese women poses for a photo at a toy market in Hanoi, Sept. 25, 2012. - RFA

Fifteen Vietnamese women have been forced into sex slavery after going to work in Russia, according to one of them who managed to escape following a one-year ordeal at a Moscow brothel but is still living in fear of her captors. Huynh Thi Be Huong said she was among four women who initially fled the […]

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