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Hanoi, Beijing youths sign cooperation deal

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:04 am

Hanoi, Beijing youths sign cooperation deal

QĐND – Tuesday, January 11, 2011, 21:34 (GMT+7)

Youth unions of Hanoi and Beijing signed an agreement on bilateral cooperation for the 2011- 2013 period, following their talks in the Vietnamese capital city on Jan. 10.

Under the terms of the agreement, the two sides will join hands in training young activists and organising cultural exchanges, seminars on the youth union building work and voluntary activities.

As many as 50 young people from each country are expected to participate in annual exchanges in Hanoi and Beijing, where they will share experiences in youth work and strengthen their solidarity and friendship.

Later in the day, the delegation from the municipal Beijing Committee of the Communist Youth League of China was received by Ngo Thi Doan Thanh, Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee and Chairwoman of the People’s Council of Hanoi.

Thanh spoke highly of the exchanges and cooperation between the two cities’ youth unions, and expressed her hope that their relations would be developed to a new level.

Source: VNA

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Vietnam Airlines to link HCM City with Beijing

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:51 am

Vietnam Airlines will open a new air route between Ho Chi Minh City and Beijing, China, starting on December 16.

The national carrier said it would operate three flights a week on Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays using Airbus 321 aircraft.

Vietnam Airlines said that the two-way fare would be VND5.83 million (US$299) for booking between now and December 31. The fare can be changed depending on the exchange rate of Vietnam dong and US dollar, the corporation said.

Source: SGGP

US and China sign trade deals, Beijing seeks more

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:41 am

WASHINGTON, Dec 15, 2010 (AFP) – The United States and China agreed Wednesday to pursue free trade in areas from agriculture to technology, but Beijing insisted that Washington needed to loosen its own export controls.

Top officials from the world’s two largest economies met for two days in Washington to try to iron out persistent tensions — including over the value of China’s currency, which the United States says is artificially low.

AFP file – The United States and China agreed to pursue free trade in areas from agriculture to technology

President Barack Obama’s administration, which has been hit hard by economic worries, offered an upbeat take on the talks and highlighted China’s willingness to restart talks on resuming US beef imports.

The United States said China also pledged to remain “neutral” on the technological standards for third-generation telephones along with smart grids, so as to permit market access for American companies.

“We were able to make progress on significant issues in a number of areas, and on other issues we have established channels that will allow us to continue our robust engagement and pursue timely solutions,” Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said.

Vice Premier Wang Qishan, who headed the 100-strong Chinese delegation, said the two sides had a “candid exchange of views on China-US economic cooperation.”

“We’ve reached many agreements and produced positive outcomes,” he told reporters.

But the Chinese side also called for the United States to relax its export controls — turning the tables on the United States, which frequently presses Beijing to open its markets.

“In our efforts to increase our imports, we very much hope that those countries still having a trade deficit vis-a-vis China could lift or relax export controls towards China,” Chinese Commerce Minister Chen Deming said.

“Therefore if the United States could offer substantial export facilitation to China, and allow an increase of its exports to China, this would be a help against the high unemployment rate in the United States today,” he said.

The United States restricts a range of goods to China that are “dual-use” — meaning that the technology could be put to military use. US businesses have also long worried about counterfeiting of products in China.

US Trade Representative Ron Kirk said that China agreed to do more to crack down on theft of intellectual property theft.

“We expect to see concrete and measurable results, including increased purchase and use of legal software, steps to eradicate the piracy of electronic journals, more effective rules for addressing Internet piracy and a crackdown on landlords who rent space to counterfeiters in China,” Kirk said.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack pointed to “progress” over US beef, which was banned by China among other countries in 2003 over concerns about mad-cow disease.

“Technical talks will resume as soon as possible with the goal of reopening China’s market in early 2011,” Vilsack said.

US officials said that China also pledged to keep off the books rules on “indigenous innovation,” which state that high-tech goods must hold Chinese intellectual property rights. China rescinded such guidelines early this year after an international outcry.

Topping other concerns, US officials — and particularly members of Congress — have pressed China to let its currency appreciate, accusing Beijing of keeping its yuan low to pump out more exports.

Chen said China “has stated again and again its firm position” that it will reform its yuan “to improve the flexibility of the exchange rate regime and also to stabilize the value of the currency.”

But Chen questioned if the size of the US trade surplus had been overestimated, saying that China often exports back finished products made of components imported from the United States.

Such trade “is hardly affected by the fluctuations of currencies,” he said.

Many analysts believe that China is determined to move methodically on its currency rates, fearing that any sudden revaluation would jolt its manufacturing hubs and trigger social instability.

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Google stops China censorship, Beijing condemns move

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2010 at 5:17 am

 Google stopped censoring search engine results in China in a move that drew anger from Beijing and leaves the Web giant facing an uncertain future in the world’s biggest online market.

Google announced in a blog post that it had shifted mainland Chinese users of its Chinese-language search engine to an uncensored site in the former British colony of Hong Kong.

“Users visiting are now being redirected to, where we are offering uncensored search in simplified Chinese, specifically designed for users in mainland China and delivered via our servers in Hong Kong,” Google chief legal officer David Drummond said.

While ending censorship in China, the Mountain View, California-based Google said it planned to keep sales, research and development teams in the country of some 384 million Internet users. Chronology: Google’s operations in China

A banner is left on a sidewalk to wish Google well in Hong Kong ( China ) in January 2010.

Google’s decision came a little more than two months after the Internet titan threatened to close its Chinese operations because of censorship and cyberattacks it said originated from China.

China reacted quickly to Google’s move saying it was “totally wrong” for it to stop censorship and to blame Beijing for the cyberattacks that Google said targeted email accounts of Chinese human rights activists. Related article: Google ‘thinks out of box’, say activists

“Google has violated its written promise it made when entering the Chinese market by stopping filtering its searching service,” said the official in charge of the Internet bureau of the State Council Information Office.

“We’re uncompromisingly opposed to the politicization of commercial issues, and express our discontent and indignation to Google for its unreasonable accusations and conduct,” the Chinese official said.

The White House said it was “disappointed” Google could not reach a deal with Beijing and reiterated that US President Barack Obama is “committed to Internet freedom and… opposed to censorship.”

“The US-China relationship is mature enough to sustain differences,” added National Security Council spokesman Mike Hammer.

Drummond, Google’s top lawyer, said “figuring out how to make good on our promise to stop censoring search on has been hard.

“We very much hope that the Chinese government respects our decision, though we are well aware that it could at any time block access to our services.”

Google co-founder Sergey Brin told The New York Times that shifting the Chinese service to Hong Kong was not given a clear-cut stamp of approval by Beijing but “there was a sense that Hong Kong was the right step.”

“There’s a lot of lack of clarity,” he said. “Our hope is that the newly begun Hong Kong service will continue to be available in mainland China.”

“The story’s not over yet,” Brin added.

Drummond said “the Chinese government has been crystal clear throughout our discussions that self-censorship is a non-negotiable legal requirement.”

He said providing uncensored search from Hong Kong is “entirely legal and will meaningfully increase access to information for people in China.” Related article: Google China says ‘business as usual’

Beijing tightly controls online content in a vast system dubbed the “Great Firewall of China,” removing information it deems harmful such as pornography and violent content, but also politically sensitive material.

Google launched in January 2006 after agreeing to censor websites for content banned under Chinese law. is the second-largest search engine in China after Chinese search engine

Google’s decision to end censorship in China was welcomed by human rights and technology groups and members of the US Congress.

“It is a remarkable, and welcomed, action and an important boost of encouragement for millions of Chinese human rights activists and political and religious dissidents,” said US Representative Christopher Smith, a Republican from New Jersey.

Arvind Ganesan, business and human rights director at Human Rights Watch, called it “an important step to challenge the Chinese government’s use of censorship to maintain its control over its citizens.”

“The onus is now on other major technology companies to take a firm stand against censorship,” Ganesan said.

Sharon Hom, executive director of New York-based Human Rights in China, said Google was throwing the ball in the court of Beijing, which promised to respect freedoms in Hong Kong when it regained the territory in 1997.

“They are technically staying in China but stopping censorship,” she said.

“Google has taken a courageous position against censorship,” said Lucie Morillon of Paris-based media rights group Reporters Without Borders.

Leading Chinese dissident Wei Jingsheng, who spent nearly two decades in prison and now lives in the United States, said he knew China “would not back down.”

“But we also knew that Google’s motto was ‘Don’t be evil.’ So there was no point on which to compromise,” Wei said.

Leslie Harris, president of the Center for Democracy & Technology, praised what she called Google’s “continued effort to enable China’s people with unfiltered access to robust sources of information from all over the world.”

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China’s sandstorms blast Beijing with dust, sand

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2010 at 5:14 am

The dust works its way through keyholes and window frames, and smells like a filthy brew of dirt, smoke and metallic particles. The sky turns magenta and whole buildings disappear. Eyes tear up and throats get sore from coughing.

Northern China’s spring sandstorms blew in with particular ferocity over the weekend, bringing misery to people working outdoors Monday in Beijing and across a wide swath of the country.

“It gets in your throat, under your clothes, in your bed,” said Beijing street sweeper Xue Yuan. “I hate it, but there’s really nothing you can do.”

Tourists wearing face masks stand amid a sandstorm on Tiananmen Square in Beijing March 20, 2010.

The storms are a product of worsening desertification in Inner Mongolia and other Gobi Desert regions hundreds of miles (kilometers) to the north and west of Beijing caused by overgrazing, deforestation, drought and urban sprawl. Strong winds pick up the loose dust and dirt, mixing them with industrial pollution.

Beijing’s air quality index was set at Level 4, one grade better than the most serious Level 5 that was reached Saturday as the mixture of sand, dust and pollution blasted the capital. City meteorologists said conditions would improve, but warned the sand would linger through midweek.

Record pollution levels were registered in Hong Kong, 1,240 miles (2,000 kilometers) to the south, partly because of the storms. Schools were advised to cancel outdoor activities and at least 20 elderly people sought medical assistance for shortness of breath, Hong Kong’s radio RTHK reported.

Across the 100 mile-(160-kilometer)-wide Taiwan Strait, island residents covered their mouths to avoid breathing in the grit that can cause chest discomfort and respiratory problems even in healthy people. Sand covered cars in just 10 minutes and some flights were canceled because of poor visibility caused by the sandstorm.

Beijing residents hunkered indoors as the fine dust worked its way into homes and offices, cutting visibility to about 3,000 feet (1,000 meters).

Outside, people scurried along sand-strewn sidewalks, covering their faces with gauzy handkerchiefs or donning surgical masks. There were no immediate reports of illnesses connected to the dust.

In a warning posted Monday on its Web site, China’s Central Meteorological Station urged Beijing’s 22 million people to close doors and windows and safeguard sensitive electronic and mechanical equipment.

China Central Television told viewers to clean out their noses with salt water and remove grit from ears with cotton swabs dipped in alcohol.

In the past decade, Beijing has sought to counter the effects of desertification by planting grass and billions of trees to hold back the desert, mostly to no avail. Along with bringing pollution, the storms underscore a looming water crisis in the north that the government is seeking to head off with a massive project to pump water from the south.

Li Dongping, a tourist visiting Tiananmen Square from southern China, said more needs to be done to boost environmental protection and public awareness.

“We need to improve our environment, we should plant more trees and improve the soil infrastructure, and also we should raise our sense of environmental protection,” Li said.

The latest sandstorm was expected to sweep into South Korea on Tuesday, said Kim Seung-bum of the Korea Meteorological Administration. The sandstorm that raked across China over the weekend caused the worst “yellow dust” haze in South Korea since 2005, and authorities issued a rare nationwide dust advisory.

Grit from Chinese sandstorms has been found to travel as far as the western United States.

State television’s noon newscast showed the tourist city of Hangzhou on the east coast of China, where graceful bridges and waterside pagodas were hidden in a mix of sand and haze.

The U.S. Embassy in Beijing warned that particulate matter in the air made conditions “hazardous,” although high winds dispersed some of the pollution and the air quality was later upgraded to “very unhealthy.”

Duan Li, a spokeswoman for the Beijing Meteorological Station, said conditions in the city seemed more severe because a sandstorm Saturday deposited grit on rooftops, sidewalks and trees. The winds Monday carried in even more sand and stirred up what was already there.

The last massive sandstorm to hit Beijing was in 2006, when winds dumped about 300,000 tons of sand on the capital.

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Obama, Hu open talks in Beijing

In World on November 17, 2009 at 4:57 am

US President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao opened bilateral talks on Tuesday at the Great Hall of the People, where the US leader was greeted with pomp and circumstance.

US President Barack Obama (L) speaks with Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) after his arrival at the Diaoyutai state guest house in Beijing. (AFP Photo)

A military honour guard and a brass band welcomed the US president, who is making his first visit to the Asian giant since taking office in January.

The band played the national anthems of both countries, and each president introduced his delegation to the other, an AFP reporter saw.

The leaders were expected to focus on economic and trade issues, especially the value of the Chinese yuan and trade tensions, with Beijing repeatedly accusing the United States in recent months of protectionism.

The disputed nuclear programmes of Iran and North Korea were also expected to be discussed.

Obama and Hu were expected to speak to the press after their meetings.


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US, Japanese, RoK nuke negotiators met in Beijing

In Uncategorized on December 8, 2008 at 4:47 pm

Hanoi (VNA) – Top nuclear negotiators from the United States, Japan and the Republic of Korea (RoK) met on December 7 on the eve of six-party talks on denuclearization of the Korean peninsula in a bid to prepare for the next round of the six-party talks.

According to Kyodo News, all three nuke negotiators reaffirmed their commitment to try to set in writing methods for verifying nuclear information supplied by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

The verification issue will be a main task for the upcoming meeting involving the RoK, the DPRK, the US, China, Japan and Russia, which is slated for December 8 in Beijing.

In their talks in Beijing, the six countries will also try to set timelines for finishing the disablement of DPRK’s key nuclear facility and completing the delivery of energy assistance promised in return.

Under the terms of a key six-party deal reached last year, the DPRK is disabling facilities at its Yongbyon nuclear complex.

In return for the disablement work and the submitting of a list of its nuclear programmes, the DPRK has been promised energy aid worth a total of 1 million tonnes of heavy oil.

The three negotiation leaders met for the second time in less than a week, following their meeting in Tokyo on December 3.-

Six-party talks to open in Beijing next month

In Uncategorized on November 25, 2008 at 3:39 pm

Seoul (VNA) – A fresh round of six-party talks will be held in China on December 8 to discuss the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s nuclear disarmament, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told reporters on November 23.

“December 8th, they’re scheduled for in China … And we expect that there will be a push to finalise the verification protocol,” she was quoted by the Korea Times as saying en route from the Asia-Pacific Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting summit in Lima, Peru.

Rice was talking about the DPRK’s recent rejection of the US claim that Pyongyang agreed to allow access to its nuclear facilities and sampling for scientific and forensic verification of its declared nuclear programmes.
The talks have been stalled for months over how to verify DPRK’s nuclear facilities as part of a nuclear deal signed by the six parties in the multilateral talks.

US Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill had earlier visited the DPRK capital in early October to settle on a verification regime.-

VN swimmer fails to splash at Beijing Paralympics event

In Uncategorized on September 10, 2008 at 4:55 pm

I’ll be needing a spotter: Weightlifter Le Van Cong (men’s under 48kg) was unable to finish his lift yesterday after three attempts. — VNA/VNS Photo Quoc Khanh

HA NOI — Vietnamese swimmer Nguyen Quang Vuong disappointed fans as he failed to qualify for the men’s 100m breaststroke finals at the National Aquatics Centre yesterday.

Vuong completed his heat in one minute 23.46 seconds, and came in fifth out of seven athletes.

Weightlifter Le Van Cong (men’s under 48kg) was unable to finish his lift yesterday after three attempts; Nigerian Ruel Ishaku placed first in the category with a total lift of 167.5kg.

Nguyen Thi Hai finished 12 out of 14 in the women’s shot-put yesterday.

She tried her best and achieved a 7.6m throw after three attempts.

Wheelchair racer Nguyen Thi Thanh Thao managed 1:08.75 in the women’s 400m, but it was not enough to qualify her for the final race.

Vietnamese athletes continue their competition today with Chau Hoang Tuyet Loan contesting in the women’s 48kg weightlifting, and Dinh Thi Nga will be lifting in the women’s 52kg.

Viet Nam sent nine athletes to compete in athletics, swimming, weightlifting and judo at the Summer Beijing Paralympics.

About 4,000 athletes from 150 nations will be competing in 20 events at the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing, which will continue until next Wednesday. —

Beijing says Olympic preparations in place

In Uncategorized on August 5, 2008 at 2:07 pm

– From power supply to traffic service, and from air quality to food safety, Beijing is ready for the Olympic Games in all aspects, according to the city government on August 4.

The capital was fully prepared in energy and water supply, transport services, air-quality control, public hygiene, health services, commodity supplies, hotel booking, tourism services and entertainment, the city government spokesman, Liu Zhi, was quoted by Xinhua news agency as saying at a press conference in the 2008 Beijing International Media Centre.

“Besides these, we have a strong backup from Beijing residents,” Liu Zhi said, adding that many of them have greatly contributed to the Olympics preparatory work.

He said many locals had picked up English, learned foreign etiquette and applied to be volunteers.

“After seven years of hard work, Beijing is opening its arms,” he said.-