China, the world's second-largest economy, and Japan, the third-largest, have a difficult political history, with ties strained by the legacy of Japan's World War Two aggression and conflicting claims over a group of uninhabited East China Sea islets. Relations have been thawing recently, with meetings between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, but Beijing remains deeply suspicious of Japan, particularly of moves by Abe to allow the military the right to fight overseas for the first time since the war. Meeting at a state guest house, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida ties had fallen to a low ebb. "We have recently seen the Japanese side repeatedly expressing its hope of improving the bilateral relationship. You have also shown your willingness to take the first step. If you come with sincerity, we welcome you," Wang said. "As the Chinese saying goes, we should make a judgment based on not only what people … [Read more...] about China, Japan more upbeat on ties but challenges remain
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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’
Group of Seven (G7) leaders agreed on Thursday on the need to send a strong message on maritime claims in the western Pacific, where an increasingly assertive China is locked in territorial disputes with Japan and several Southeast Asian nations. The agreement prompted a sharp rejoinder from China, which is not in the G7 club but whose rise as a power has put it at the heart of some discussions at the advanced nations' summit in Ise-Shima, central Japan. "Prime Minister (Shinzo) Abe led discussion on the current situation in the South China Sea and East China Sea. Other G7 leaders said it is necessary for G7 to issue a clear signal," Japan's Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Hiroshige Seko told reporters after a session on foreign policy affairs. At a news conference late on Wednesday, Abe said Japan welcomed China's peaceful rise while repeating Tokyo's opposition to acts that try to change the status quo by force and urging respect of the rule of law - principles expected to be … [Read more...] about G7 agrees need strong message on South China Sea, China says don’t “hype“ World
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
Sports and Culture Newspaper interviewed painter Ngo Thanh Nhan on the sideline of an exhibition named “The Color of Autumn” at The Lee Garden in Hong Kong from November 22-29, sponsored by Asia Fine Art Gallery (Hong Kong). How did you come in contact with the AsiaFineArtGallery to have your paintings displayed in the “The Color of Autumn” exhibition?In 2004, Asia Fine Art Gallery experts came to Vietnam to survey the local painting market. They met me and invited me to introduce my paintings in Hong Kong. Asia Fine Art Gallery’s executive director Sidney Cowell said they wanted to introduce Vietnamese paintings, especially lacquer paintings, in Asia-Pacific, starting in Hong Kong, and I agreed. In 2005 I took 34 paintings to an exhibition held by the Asia Fine Art Gallery in Hong Kong. In this “The Color of Autumn”, I have 18 paintings, which are portraits and landscapes. Other paintings belong to three artists from Myanmar. I will send … [Read more...] about Ngo Thanh Nhan presents Viet lacquer to Hong Kong
Nguyen Dinh Dang didn't choose Japan so much as Japan chose him. The Soviet-trained Vietnamese nuclear physicist and painter first came to live here in 1995 at the invitation of Riken, a semigovernmental science and technology research institute. "I was first invited to the University of Tokyo for 10 months in 1994 on the recommendation of my former teacher at Moscow State University, and then in 1995 I was invited to Riken," Dang explained. He has been working at the Wako, Saitama Prefecture, facility ever since, first as a research fellow and now as a contract researcher. Dang lives in Wako with his Vietnamese wife and, until recently, his son, who is now going to college in the United States. Dang was born in 1958 in Hanoi, during the war against the US. In the mid-1960s Dang was evacuated with his family to the countryside. "There was no ground fighting in the north, but there were airstrikes," he explained. "I remember one night watching the whole horizon light up with … [Read more...] about Vietnamese physicist thrives in Japan
The Vietnam Fine Arts Association celebrated the 120th birthday of late painter Nguyen Phan Chanh last week. Chanh is considered the founder of Vietnamese silk painting. The artist from Ha Tinh Province in north-central Vietnam introduced the country's silk painting arts after several of his works were praised at an exhibition in Paris in 1931, three years after he had begun working with silk. His paintings depict life in rural Vietnam, inspired by the simplicity of life: children playing a traditional rock game, a girl washing vegetables, a little girl feeding birds. The Paris-based photojournalism publication L'Illustration published pictures of four of his paintings in 1932. His works were then exhibited in Milan in 1934, San Francisco in 1937, and Tokyo in 1940. A group of Chanh's Japanese fans paid to have three of his paintings restored for display earlier this year at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan, Hanoi Moi reported. Two of the … [Read more...] about Vietnam celebrates birthday of late great silk painter
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