China's sweeping claims over the South China Sea (Vietnam's East Sea), where it has built a series of artificial islands capable of supporting military operations despite overlapping claims from other nations, have stoked international alarm. The region's superpower "continues to act in an assertive manner" and its actions "include dangerous acts that could cause unintended consequences", Tokyo said in a defense white paper. Beijing is under pressure to respect a U.N.-backed tribunal's finding last month that there is no legal basis for its ambitions over the South China Sea where the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and others also have claims. The white paper said China was "poised to fulfill its unilateral demands without compromise" including efforts "to turn these coercive changes to the status quo into a fait accompli". And it again called on Beijing to abide by the ruling of the tribunal, which China has denounced as a fraud. Chinese state media in Beijing quoted Defense … [Read more...] about Japan warns China over ‘territorial aggression’
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VietNamNet Bridge – The follow-up article by researcher Nguyen Dinh Dau explains why the East Sea, from the name Giao Chi (Jiaozhi) Sea in the 14th century, was mistakenly noted by Western people as the South China Sea. From the Giao Chi sea to the U-shape line The East Sea disputes In the article “From the East Sea to the U-shape Line”, researcher Nguyen Dinh Dau clarified that in ancient maps of Chinese people; the East Sea was named Giao Chi Sea, Great East Sea or Southeastern Sea.From this aspect, a question emerges. Why the Giao Chi Sea (14th century) was mistakenly called by Western people as the South China Sea as today? We would like to introduce the follow-up article by researcher Nguyen Dinh Dau to answer this question. From the utmost antiquity to the 14th century, ancient people thought that the globe had only three continents: Europe, Asia and Africa. Perhaps the pioneer for this is Greek geographer Ptolemeo who drew the world map with three continents … [Read more...] about Why the East Sea became the South China Sea?
Talk Around Town Is hip-hop mere fashion or a dangerous trend? (03-07-2005) by Trung Hieu Hip-hop is a new wave which has overflowed from the West and infiltrated many areas of Vietnamese modern society. The phenomenon is attracting a lot of young people, especially youth who were born in the 1980s and 1990s. Hip-hop has penetrated into Viet Nam's music market, both professional and amateur, and it is now considered the youth's fashion music. Currently, most music shows are accompanied by dancers who perform break-dance. In an effort to soar to fame, many young singers have "renewed" themselves, using the hip-hop style. They include singers such as Hong Ngoc, Doan Trang, Ly Hai, Thanh Thao and Quang Vinh. While singing his songs, Ly Hai is supported by a break-dance group named The ABC, and a woman rapper, Thuy An. Songs that have hip-hop features such as Bup Be Biet Yeu (Puppet Knows to Love) or Dem Khong Sao (Night without Stars) sung by Thanh Thao have continually ranked … [Read more...] about Is hip-hop mere fashion or a dangerous trend?
Japan rebukes unilateral actions over disputed area Vietnam's Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh (L) talks to the Philippine's Foreign Minister Albert del Rosario (R) during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-Australia ministerial meeting at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh on July 11.Photo: AFP China's East Sea belligerence has provoked yet another non-stakeholder to confront it. At a meeting with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on Wednesday (July 11), Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba said Tokyo has "a great deal of interest" in the East Sea, also known as the South China Sea, as the stability of sea lanes is vital for the economy of every country in the region, Japan's Kyodo News reported. "Unilateral actions must be abstained from and problems must be settled peacefully through dialogue," Gemba told his counterparts from the 10-member ASEAN grouping. Though Tokyo may not have a direct stake in the East Sea, it has every interest in … [Read more...] about Regional power confronts China over East Sea
The Saigon Times Daily The film honors the friendship between the famous Vietnamese revolutionary Phan Boi Chau and Japanese doctor Asaba Sakitaro which started 100 years ago and features Chau's activities in Japan while he was seeking ways to liberate his homeland. The film was shot in just two months in both countries. It is designed to be a meaningful gift for the good relations between the countries. Tre Publishing House at Paju Bookcity Forum in SeoulBy Tuong Vi in HCMC HCMC-based Tre Publishing House represents Vietnam at Paju Bookcity Forum held by Bookcity Culture Foundation in Seoul, Korea today. The firm is one of seven representatives that will make a presentation on publishing in Asia. Themed 'Asia, Beyond the Boundary: Network with Books', this year's event also draws participation of publishers from Japan, China, Taiwan, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, hosts South Korea and India. It is a good opportunity for Asia-based publishing houses to … [Read more...] about The Partner aired in Japan, Vietnam to celebrate friendship