BANGKOK (Reuters) - Southeast Asian countries, among the world’s worst ocean polluters, need tougher regulations for plastic packaging to curb leakage, a United Nations report said on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: A rubber duck toy is pictured in a vast carpet of plastic trash on a seashore on Freedom Island, Paranaque City, Metro Manila, Philippines, July 15, 2019. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez/File Photo Southeast Asia is a major contributor to land-based plastic waste leaking into the world’s oceans, with more than half of it coming from four nations - Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand - along with China, the top single polluter. Many countries in the region struggle with poor waste sorting and disposal systems, and their growth in population and explosive demand for consumer products mean more single-use plastic ends up in landfill or leaks into the environment. To battle the growing crisis, Southeast Asia, home to 641 million people across 10 countries, … [Read more...] about Southeast Asian countries need tougher plastic policies to curb pollution: U.N.
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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Exiled Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy said Tuesday the European Union’s assessment of whether to suspend trade privileges for his country will add momentum to efforts to restore democracy despite a government crackdown. The EU finalized a preliminary report Tuesday that Sam Rainsy said would be the basis for suspending trade privileges for Cambodia. The EU announced earlier this year that it would begin a monitoring process to decide on the ending of preferential duty-free and quota-free imports from the Southeast Asian nation. It said it acted on concerns that Cambodia was limiting human and labor rights. The EU did not immediately make the report public but said it had been sent to the Cambodian authorities. The report comes amid several developments that have shaken the Cambodian political scene. Sam Rainsy made a well-publicized trip in which he vowed to return to his homeland to spark a popular movement to unseat long-serving … [Read more...] about Rainsy: EU trade move to bolster bid for Cambodian democracy
Video PlayerClose Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi (R) meets with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono on the sidelines of the ASEAN foreign ministers' meeting and related meetings, in Singapore, Aug. 2, 2018. (Xinhua/Then Chih Wey) SINGAPORE, Aug. 2 (Xinhua) -- China on Thursday called for joint efforts to continue developing the China-Japan ties along the right path. Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi made the call while meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) foreign ministers' meeting and related meetings. As this year marks the 40th anniversary of the signing of the China-Japan Treaty of Peace and Friendship, the two sides should learn from the past, and consolidate the political foundation of the bilateral relationship laid out in the four political documents signed between the two sides, Wang said. The Chinese top diplomat hoped that the Japanese side cherishes … [Read more...] about China calls for joint efforts to continue developing Sino-Japanese ties along right path
In October, the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) announced the suspension of preferential trade policies for Thailand under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), which will affect over 500 products, including all of those related to the Thai seafood industry. The reason cited for the removal, which will take effect on April 25 next year, was Thailand's failure to adequately safeguard workers' rights. Some have cast doubts over the measure's true motives, suggesting there are political influences involved, but reports in recent months over the poor state of working conditions have shown that the move was not entirely unfounded. Read more: Forced labor still rampant in Thai fishing industry Plight of workers Lured by the promise of good wages by a broker, 18 fishing crew members set off from Thailand for Iran earlier this year. Everything was smooth-sailing until they entered Somali waters when the flag was switched to that of the eastern African nation. The … [Read more...] about Thai fishing industry makes headway, but challenges remain
Swiss lawyer Pierre Schifferli (Photo: VNA) Geneva (VNA) – It is necessary to maintain and respect international law, especially the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), in the settlement of disputes in the East Sea, Swiss lawyer Pierre Schifferli has said. In an interview with the Vietnam News Agency (VNA)’s correspondent in Geneva, Schifferli, who is an expert on international law regarding sovereignty disputes, said all countries, big or small, must comply with international law in the spirit of respect for law, referring to China’s defiance of the Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration’s ruling on the Philippines’ lawsuit against China’s claim in the East Sea. He affirmed that security in the East Sea is of special importance as it not only affects regional countries but also has close relations with peace and security in the world. Many countries in the region and the world have supported the respect for … [Read more...] about Swiss lawyer emphasises observance of int’l law in East Sea