Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during the opening ceremony of the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing. — AFP Photo BEIJING — Chinese President Xi Jinping sought on Friday to ease growing concerns about his ambitious Belt and Road Initiative, vowing to prevent debt risks and saying his global infrastructure project "is not an exclusive club". Xi made his remarks at a summit on his signature foreign policy, which aims to reinvent the ancient Silk Road to connect Asia to Europe and Africa through massive investments in maritime, road and rail projects. The initiative offers to bring much-needed modern infrastructure to developing countries, but critics say it mainly favours Chinese companies while saddling nations with debt and causing environmental damage. China has rejected accusations that Belt and Road is a "debt trap" and a geopolitical tool for Beijing's ambitions of becoming a global superpower. "The Belt and Road is not an exclusive club," Xi said at … [Read more...] about China’s Xi defends Belt and Road, says ‘not exclusive club’
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VietNamNet Bridge – The so-called “Silk Road Initiative” in the East Sea is part of China’s three-direction tactic, analyzed by Dr. Nguyen Hong Thao, a senior expert on the East Sea issues. The initiative is aimed at three goals: 1) to support the production network across the region, to boost trade and improve the role of China as an investment opportunity, a capital source in the eyes of ASEAN, 2) to expand and link seaport systems, 3) to strengthen the role of overseas Chinese communities and 4) to enhance reliability in order to help ease tension in the region related to territorial disputes and sensitive historical issues. In July 2014, according to Chinese sources, Hainan province tried to register the "Maritime Silk Road" with UNESCO, and planned to excavate the wrecks at "archaeological sites" around the islands of Hoang Sa Archipelago (Paracel Islands) in the next two years. China also said that since 1990, they had been implementing this project … [Read more...] about Is China’s Silk Road Initiative an interest in the East Sea?
The 13th China-ASEAN Expo (CAEXPO 2016) and the 13th China-ASEAN Business and Investment Summit (CABIS 2016) were held in Nanning, the capital city of China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, on September 11 with the participation of nearly 2,700 businesses from both sides. Prime Minister (PM) Nguyen Xuan Phuc, the Country of Honour at this year’s event, and Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli attended the opening ceremony. Themed "Jointly building the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, Forging an Even Closer China-ASEAN Community of Common Destiny," CAEXPO 2016 features 5,800 pavilions, an increase of 1,200 from the previous event. CAEXPO 2016 spaces display typical products of ASEAN countries and China, their cooperation in investment cooperation and agriculture, new technologies and trade services. As many as 137 Vietnamese enterprises from 19 localities nationwide are displaying their products at 237 pavilions covering a total area of 5,000 square metres, a rise of 30 … [Read more...] about 137 Vietnamese firms attend China-ASEAN Expo 2016 – News – Investment
China has recently accelerated archaeological exploration in the East Sea in order to support its seeking of the UNESCO’s world heritage title for the "Silk Road on the Sea". If UNESCO recognizes the "Silk Road on the Sea" as China’s world heritage, Vietnam's sovereignty in the East Sea will be affected, said Dr. Nguyen Tan Anh, Director of the UNESCO Centre of Science, Technology and Investment, in an interview with VietNamNet. relate news Is China’s Silk Road Initiative an interest in the East Sea? China wants to conserve even Vietnam’s heritage? What do you think about the “trick” of world heritage registration of China? The world has had similar precedent. For example, the border and Preah Vihear temple dispute between Thailand and Cambodia took place for a long time. In 2007 Cambodia applied for UNESCO’s recognition of the Preah Vihear Temple as the World Heritage. On June 7, 2008, the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO met … [Read more...] about East Sea: Behind China’s Silk Road Initiative
It is really a messenger of peace. This was praised by many foreign spectators after they watched the performances by Thang Long Water Puppets Theatre - Hanoi at the Forum 2004 - Barcelona (Spain) held from May to September 2004. This cultural event attracted artistic ensembles, musical bands and theatres from more than 50 countries and territories the world over. Thang Long Water Puppets Theatre is located right by the Sword Lake in downtown Hanoi. According to inscriptions left on the ancient stone stelae, water puppetry is a form of cultural entertainment of the farmers living in the Red River Delta in northern Vietnam, an area that is hot and humid, and with many ponds and lakes. In the Ly Dynasty (1010-1225) and Tran Dynasty (1226-1400), it was a court entertainment. Water-puppet scenery is entirely rural: rice paddies, bamboo gates, fish ponds, banyan trees, wells, and village communal house. The stories used to be from Vietnamese traditional theatre, i.e. tuong … [Read more...] about Water puppetry – A messenger of peace