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US cannot accept China military power: state media

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:10 am

BEIJING, Jan 7, 2011 (AFP) – China will eventually have a military powerful enough to compete with the United States, state media said Friday ahead of the visit of US Defence Secretary Robert Gates.


The claim in a newspaper editorial followed reports that China had completed a prototype of a stealth fighter and after a top US military official said Beijing was stepping up efforts to deploy a “carrier-killer” missile system.


“Whether the reported new weapons are true or not, in the long run, China will own first-class weapons that are capable of competing with the US war machine,” said the Global Times, known for its nationalist tone.

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi (R) meets with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon at the United Nations headquarters in New York, January 6, 2011. AFP

Gates arrives in China on Sunday to smooth over tense defence relations between the two countries — one year after Beijing cut military ties with Washington in protest against US arms sales to rival Taiwan.


“Apparently, the US is not ready to treat China as a major power. They cannot accept the fact that China will sooner or later possess a first-class military,” the editorial said.


“They are too used to the old power structure, in which China and other developing countries have long been treated unfairly.”


In an interview last week with a Japanese newspaper, the head of the US Pacific Command Admiral Robert Willard said China was pushing development of “carrier-killers” and aimed to project its influence beyond its regional waters.


US military analysts have warned China is developing an anti-ship ballistic missile — a new version of its Dongfeng 21 missile — that could pierce the defences of even the most sturdy US naval vessels and has a range far beyond Chinese waters.


Whereas Gates’s Chinese counterpart Liang Guanglie has said that China will push forward with modernisation of its military thanks to a booming economy, the United States is facing major cuts.


Citing “dire” fiscal pressures, Gates on Thursday proposed deeper cuts than planned in US military programmes, scaling back ground forces for the first time since the 1990s.


Gates, in a compromise with the White House, said the 78 billion dollars in cuts and other measures would result in a slower pace of growth in defence budgets over the next five years, despite earlier plans to keep spending at a higher rate.


China has long described its military build-up as “defensive” in nature but top armed forces officials have recently made increasingly strong statements about its quest for a powerful military. 

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Source: SGGP

Twelve killed in China coal mine flood: media

In Uncategorized on October 28, 2010 at 7:10 am

Twelve workers were killed and one injured in a flood in a coal mine in southwest China’s Guizhou province, state media said Thursday.

A Chinese miner unloads coal from a train in eastern China’s Anhui province.

The brief report by the Xinhua news agency did not provide further details of the accident, the latest to strike the country’s notoriously dangerous mining sector.


More than 2,600 miners were killed in job-related accidents last year, according to official data — or about seven people a day. Independent labour groups say the actual number of deaths is probably much higher.

Source: SGGP

Media, entertainment tech show opens in city

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 7:55 am

PALME Vietnam 2010, an international exhibition on professional audio, lighting, AV and system integrations, opened in Ho Chi Minh City Thursday.

A corner of PALME Vietnam 2010 on July 22 (Photo: Truong Son)The three-day show at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Centre in District 7, showcases modern audio visual techniques from world famous-brands like Bosch, Robe, Desisti Asia and Pioneer.

Highlights include the Robin 3 Plasma Spot – an extreme light output of 18,000 Lumens with a 10,000 hour lifespan; the DJM-2000 from Pioneer, a professional DJ tool with PRO DJ LINK function that allows Djs to connect with multiple players; the New Touch Link from Extron Electronics, described as the first fully configuration-based touch-panel control system, equipped with the power to handle the control needs of single display rooms, dual display rooms, divisible rooms, multi-image system and video conference suites.

The Vietnam DJ contest will kick off its final round after treating audiences to a full-day of music mixed by local Djs and the world Dj – Dj JoshM. The show will last two hours, starting from 2pm at the main stage of the SECC hall.

Other must-see musical performances on the second day to hear boom out of the professional giant speaker system at the west gate include: a live outdoor performance by some rock bands at the Palme Lounge at 5pm; the Control Room Showcase, featuring a presentation on Jupiter Systems’ Pixelnet Display Wall System Processor by Tien Phong Co.; and Danish Interpretation and Emblaze Vcon by Hans Technology on creating good experiences in video conferencing.    

For those who want to learn more how to use or control the new technologies, they may freely attend conferences hosted by LifeSize Communications, Nexo and Krammer at 11am, 1pm and 3pm respectively, in Convention Rooms No.1 and 3. The schedule will repeat tomorrow as well.

The PALME Vietnam is co-organized by the HCMC Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism and Singapore’s IIR Exhibitions Pte. Ltd.

Source: SGGP

Last US combat brigade pulls out of Iraq: US media

In Uncategorized on August 19, 2010 at 7:22 am

WASHINGTON, Aug. 18 (AFP) – The last US combat brigade pulled out of Iraq and crossed into Kuwait almost seven and a half years after the US-led invasion to oust Saddam Hussein, US media reported.


Television footage showed an NBC reporter travelling with the 4th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division crossing the border around midnight local time to be followed in the coming hours by the rest of the brigade.

US soldier stands in front of a line of armoured vehicles at Camp Victory, a giant sprawling military base on the edge of Baghdad airport, in June 2010. AFP file

But the US military said there were still several thousand more US troops in Iraq that had to go before the drawdown was complete.


When it does the official name of the US mission in Iraq will change from “Operation Iraqi Freedom” to “Operation New Dawn,” said Major General Stephen Lanza in an interview with MSNBC.


The pullout comes just one day after a suicide bomber blew himself up at a crowded army recruitment center in Baghdad killing 59 people, as violence coinciding with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan raged across Iraq.


The attack, blamed on Al-Qaeda and the deadliest this year, wounded at least another 100 people and came a day after Iraq’s two main political parties suspended talks over the formation of a new government.


News of the milestone withdrawal was also carried by Al-Jazeera and US media such as The Washington Post, CNN and The Los Angeles Times, many of which had reporters embedded with the departing troops.


Lanza, the military spokesman, said there were still nearly 56,000 US troops in Iraq, but the number would fall to 50,000 by the end of the month.


“And we’ll continue to go through our responsible drawdown to meet that drawdown by 1 September. It is about a transition to a change of mission, going from combat operations to stability operations,” he said.


US State Department spokesman Philip Crowley, live on MSNBC as the footage was shown, described the end of combat operations as a “historic moment,” but vowed that America’s long-term commitment was unwavering.


“The last thing that we want to see is an occasion where we have to send troops back into Iraq yet again so we are ending the combat phase of our involvement in Iraq for a second time.


“We’re not ending our involvement in Iraq. We will have important work to do. This is a transition. This is not the end of something. It’s a transition to something different. We have a long-term commitment to Iraq.”


Crowley said that after spending one trillion dollars in Iraq and with 4,400 lives lost, the conflict had come “at high expense.”


“We’ve invested heavily in Iraq and have to do everything we can to preserve that investment to integrate Iraq along with the neighborhood into a much more peaceful situation that serves their interests as well as ours.”


In a letter dated August 18 and posted on the White House website, President Barack Obama also hailed the end of combat operations but made no mention of the final combat troops leaving.


“Shortly after taking office, I put forward a plan to end the war in Iraq responsibly,” the letter said.


“Today, I’m pleased to report that — thanks to the extraordinary service of our troops and civilians in Iraq — our combat mission will end this month, and we will complete a substantial drawdown of our troops.”


While most reports suggested the pullout of the 4th Brigade would take only a few hours, The Los Angeles Times said it would take three days for the 360 military vehicles and 1,800 soldiers to get down the road from Baghdad, through the Shiite south and into Kuwait.


The Pentagon would not confirm it was the pullout of the final combat troops, but has long said the number of American soldiers in Iraq would fall to 50,000 by the end of the month when combat missions officially end.


All US troops are supposed to leave the country by the end of next year, according to the terms of a bilateral security pact, and Obama has insisted the ongoing withdrawal is on schedule and will not be altered.


The US troop pullouts have come despite warnings from senior Iraqi politicians and officers about the dangers of an early exit given the security situation and political uncertainty.


Iraq’s top military officer told AFP last week on the sidelines of a defense ministry conference in Baghdad that American forces may be needed in the conflict-wracked nation for a further decade.


“At this point, the withdrawal is going well, because they are still here,” Lieutenant General Babaker Zerbari said.


“But the problem will start after 2011 — the politicians must find other ways to fill the void after 2011. If I were asked about the withdrawal, I would say to politicians: the US army must stay until the Iraqi army is fully ready in 2020.”


The pullout also coincided with the arrival of James Jeffrey, the new US ambassador to Iraq, who presented his diplomatic credentials Wednesday to the conflict-torn nation’s head of state, President Jalal Talabani.

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Source: SGGP

Floods kill 37 in China’s northeast: media

In Uncategorized on July 31, 2010 at 7:18 am

The death toll from floods sweeping through northeastern China has risen to 37, state media said Saturday, as the country continues to battle the worst floods in a decade.


Torrential rains in Jilin province have left a further 35 missing as more than 364,000 people were evacuated from waterlogged areas, the official Xinhua news agency reported.


The weather bureau has predicted more heavy rain for the central and eastern parts of the hard-hit province, with experts warning of further flooding and landslides.


Water, electricity and telecommunications services were cut in parts of the province, while train services in the town of Kouqian were suspended after the railway station was surrounded by flood waters, previous reports said.


More than 95,500 buildings have been damaged in the floods, with 25,400 destroyed, Xinhua said.

A general view shows the town of Kouqian in China’s Jilin province, on July 28

Floods up to three metres (10 feet) deep in some places submerged factories and houses, reports said earlier this week, before the waters receded to about one metre.


Elsewhere in Jilin, hundreds of workers scrambled to recover 3,000 barrels full of explosive chemicals that were washed by flood waters into the Songhua River, a major waterway.


Water supplies to the nearby city of Jilin were temporarily cut after the incident on Wednesday, leaving 4.3 million people dependent on bottled water.


A total of 7,000 barrels were washed into the river, with 2,500 containing the chemical trimethyl chloro silicane — a highly explosive, colorless liquid — while 500 contained the compound hexamethyl disilazane, Xinhua said.


About 3,700 barrels had been recovered by Friday afternoon, the report said, but it was not clear how many of them contained the chemicals.


Jilin is the latest province to have been hit by recent deadly floods that have killed more than 300 people since July 14 and left another 300 missing, according to the latest official figures.


Until now, torrential rains have mostly hit China’s south, swelling the Yangtze River — the nation’s longest waterway — and some of its tributaries to dangerous levels.


In the far-western Xinjiang region, rescuers were trying to reach 700 residents, construction workers and tourists trapped by floods.


Floodwaters have damaged three bridges and a dozen buildings in Kuqa county in the central part of the region, with more than 13,000 people from the area preparing to reinforce dykes to contain floods.


The worst floods in a decade have left 991 dead and 558 missing since the beginning of the year and caused more than 28 billion dollars in damage, latest official figures show, and authorities have warned of more to come.

Source: SGGP

Media, entertainment tech show opens in city

In Uncategorized on July 23, 2010 at 11:16 am

PALME Vietnam 2010, an international exhibition on professional audio, lighting, AV and system integrations, opened in Ho Chi Minh City Thursday.

A corner of PALME Vietnam 2010 on July 22 (Photo: Truong Son)The three-day show at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Centre in District 7, showcases modern audio visual techniques from world famous-brands like Bosch, Robe, Desisti Asia and Pioneer.

Highlights include the Robin 3 Plasma Spot – an extreme light output of 18,000 Lumens with a 10,000 hour lifespan; the DJM-2000 from Pioneer, a professional DJ tool with PRO DJ LINK function that allows Djs to connect with multiple players; the New Touch Link from Extron Electronics, described as the first fully configuration-based touch-panel control system, equipped with the power to handle the control needs of single display rooms, dual display rooms, divisible rooms, multi-image system and video conference suites.

The Vietnam DJ contest will kick off its final round after treating audiences to a full-day of music mixed by local Djs and the world Dj – Dj JoshM. The show will last two hours, starting from 2pm at the main stage of the SECC hall.

Other must-see musical performances on the second day to hear boom out of the professional giant speaker system at the west gate include: a live outdoor performance by some rock bands at the Palme Lounge at 5pm; the Control Room Showcase, featuring a presentation on Jupiter Systems’ Pixelnet Display Wall System Processor by Tien Phong Co.; and Danish Interpretation and Emblaze Vcon by Hans Technology on creating good experiences in video conferencing.    

For those who want to learn more how to use or control the new technologies, they may freely attend conferences hosted by LifeSize Communications, Nexo and Krammer at 11am, 1pm and 3pm respectively, in Convention Rooms No.1 and 3. The schedule will repeat tomorrow as well.

The PALME Vietnam is co-organized by the HCMC Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism and Singapore’s IIR Exhibitions Pte. Ltd.

Source: SGGP

N.Korea to pick new leaders: media

In Uncategorized on June 26, 2010 at 12:41 pm

SEOUL (AFP) – North Korea’s ruling party will convene a rare meeting of its political bureau in September to elect new leaders, Pyongyang’s official media reported Saturday.


It will be only the third such meeting of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) since the state was founded in 1948 and would likely designate leader Kim Jong-Il’s son as his political heir, analysts said.

This 2007 picture, released from Korean Central News Agency, shows North Korean soldiers, carrying a large portrait of late N.Korean leader Kim Il Sung (AFP/KCNA/File)

The session would be “for electing its (the party’s) highest leading body,” said an announcement carried by the North’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).


“The Political Bureau of the WPK Central Committee decides to convene early in September, Juche 99 (the year 2010), a conference of the WPK for electing its highest leading body,” KCNA said.


Analysts said the conference would have enormous political significance and would raise the status of Kim Jong-Un, Kim Jong-Il’s youngest son.


“This is an extremely rare meeting,” Kim Yeon-Chul, a professor at Inje University, told AFP, adding that the two previous sessions were held in the 1950s and 1960s.


Kim Yong-Hyun, a professor at Dongguk University, said the conference would be the most important party event since 1980, when a full-fledged convention of all members made public Kim Jong-Il’s status as Kim Il-Sung’s successor.


“There will be an important reshuffle of the party’s official posts aimed at preparing for an eventual succession,” he said.


Speculation about succession in North Korea has intensified after Kim Jong-Il, now 68, suffered a stroke in August 2008, but he has since recovered sufficiently to allow him to return to work.


Yang Moo-Jin, a professor at the University of North Korean Studies, said the conference was part of a series of events aimed at reshuffling the country’s military, party and the government.


Over the past year, North Korea carried out personnel changes at the powerful National Defence Commission chaired by Kim Jong-Il and reshuffled its government cabinet.


“The September meeting, which is aimed at reorganising the party leadership, will wrap up the reshuffle,” Yang said.


“We cannot rule out the possibility that the party may anoint Jong-Un as successor behind close doors.”


But the North is likely to wait until 2012 before it makes public the son’s status as his father’s official successor, Yang said.


North Korea has vowed to build a prosperous socialist state by 2012, when it celebrates Kim Il-Sung’s 100th birthday.


South Korea’s spy chief said this week that Kim Jong-Il’s poor health is driving him to speed up preparations for the transfer of power to Kim Jong-Un.


Won Sei-Hoon, director of the National Intelligence Service, told parliament Thursday that Jong-Un, 27, was taking a greater role in policy-making than before and frequently accompanied his father on inspection tours.


Saturday’s announcement comes with tensions high over the sinking in March of a South Korean warship, the Cheonan, leaving 46 dead. A multinational investigation concluded it was attacked by a North Korean torpedo.


A US State Department spokesman said Friday Washington was aware of a North Korean notification that it was declaring a nine-day “no sail” zone off its western coast, which in the past has signalled the onset of missile tests.


“North Korea should refrain from actions that aggravate tensions,” spokesman Philip Crowley said. “We would hate to see North Korea go through another round of missile launches.”


South and North Korea fired off a volley of cross-border accusations Friday as they marked the 60th anniversary of a war that killed millions of people and has kept the peninsula divided to this day.

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Source: SGGP

Media agencies asked to raise news quality

In Uncategorized on June 21, 2010 at 4:32 pm




Media agencies asked to raise news quality


QĐND – Monday, June 21, 2010, 22:17 (GMT+7)


The National Assembly, Party and Government leaders have asked the media to further enhance its news quality while asserting its important role in social life.

At his meeting in Hanoi on June 20 with journalists on the occasion of Vietnam’s 85th Revolutionary Journalism Day (June 21), NA Chairman Trong praised the media as “a close friend” and “an important information channel” of the National Assembly.


“Whether the National Assembly’s sessions can drum up public interest or not are largely attributed to the press,” Chairman Trong said, urging the media to improve the quality of coverage so that readers can understand the legislative body’s activities more thoroughly.


He particularly hailed the press in general, and the newspapers of the NA in particular, for disseminating information on activities related to the NA, its committees and the people’s councils.


Mr Trong said he expects the media to focus more on covering positive trends in society and combating negative phenomena as well as sabotage schemes under the guise of democracy and human rights to undermine the national unity.


The same day, To Huy Rua, who is politburo member, secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee (CPVCC) and head of the CPVCC’s Education Commission, visited the Vietnam News Agency (VNA).


Rua spoke highly of the VNA’s contributions to the national construction and development, emphasising that the VNA has successfully fulfilled its role and responsibility as an important and reliable strategic information channel of the Party and State. Its provision of timely and accurate information has served well the policy-making and execution as well as meeting the research and information demands of other agencies.


He also affirmed that the VNA has well performed its tasks to bring the news to the Vietnamese community and foreign friends abroad.


The VNA should continue to raise the quality, effectiveness and competitiveness of its services, and develop the multi-media news service, including the creation of its own television channel, Mr Rua noted, expressing hope that the country’s only news agency will be able to keep pace with regional and international news agencies.


Later, Mr Rua made a tour of the Nhan Dan (People) newspaper, Radio the Voice of Vietnam, the Communist Review, the Quan doi Nhan dan (People’s Army) newspaper, the Vietnam Television, the Cong an Nhan dan (People’s Police) newspaper, and the Journalism and Propaganda Institute.


Congratulating the journalists on their anniversary, Mr Rua asked the media to focus on covering on Party congresses at all levels in preparation for the 11thth National Party Congress, and the implementation of the campaign “Studying and following the moral example of President Ho Chi Minh” and other major events in 2010.


The same day, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan held a working session with the staff of the Governmental e-portal, where he asked them to improve the accuracy, timeliness and efficiency of the information.


The portal should also provide in-depth analysis of the Government’s viewpoints and policies to help the public gain a better understanding, Mr Nhan said.

Source: VNA/PANO

Source: QDND

Media campaign against wildlife trade exhibits pictures in Hanoi

In Uncategorized on May 12, 2010 at 8:50 am

A media campaign aiming to curb the smuggling of rare wildlife, warns citizens not to sell endangered species protected by law.

Foreign visitors look at pictures at the Noi Bai Airport (Photo: Thien Nhien)

At Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi on May 11, organizers of the campaign displayed 16 pictures of endangered animals typically caught and sold illegally, including tigers, bears, elephants, and rhinos.


The campaign titled “Don’t buy complications,” encourages people to refrain from buying illegal animal products.


Those who engage in the sale of rare wildlife are subject to fines and criminal prosecution, the campaign’s message said.


Campaign organizers selected the Noi Bai International Airport for its high level of visibility, hoping to draw as much attention as possible to the issue of illegal animal smuggling. The northern Vietnamese airport serves about 4 million passengers a year. 


The campaign, headed by the organization TRAFFIC, also has the support of TRAFFIC, the Wildlife Trade Monitoring Network, the Party Central Committee Commission for Propaganda and Education, the Ministry of Transport, World Wildlife Fund and the Department of Forestry.

Source: SGGP

Japanese islanders rally against US base plan: media

In Uncategorized on April 18, 2010 at 7:29 pm

TOKYO, April 18, 2010 (AFP) – Thousands of people rallied on a remote Japanese island Sunday, protesting against a possible government move to relocate a major US air base there.


The issue centres around a decision by Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama to review a 2006 agreement with the United States to allow the Futenma Marine Corps Air Station to be moved from an urban area to a quieter coastal part of Okinawa.


But media have since reported that the government is planning to transfer the base to Tokunoshima, a subtropical island in Kagoshima prefecture, 200 kilometres (125 miles) north of Okinawa.


Hatoyama’s apparent indecision on the issue has become a thorn in Japan-US relations while he battles a slide in his popularity at home.


“Let us spread this protest movement to the end,” Hideki Takaoka, mayor of a town on Tokunoshima, told the rally, according to television footage.


“Down with the US base,” the protesters chanted at the rally on Tokunoshima, which has 27,000 islanders.” The sugar cane industry and dairy farming are major contributors to the island’s economy.


“We prepared 13,000 flyers and all of them were gone,” island official Osamu Minobe told AFP by telephone. Organisers estimated that 15,000 people turned out but police said they did not count the numbers.


“I believe we can change the government’s attitude by sending our message today,” another town mayor, Akira Okubo, told Japanese media.


Premier Hatoyama has told US President Barack Obama he will find a solution by the end of May.


The Okinawa chain, strategically located close to China and the Korean peninsula, hosts more than half of 47,000 US troops based in Japan.


The 1995 rape of a Okinawan school girl by three US servicemen prompted mass protests that led to the relocation plan, coupled with the transfer of 8,000 marines to the US Pacific territory of Guam.


But Hatoyama has yet to present a definite alternative plan while the Obama administration has repeatedly said the 2006 agreement is the best option.


Japanese media have speculated Hatoyama might have to resign if he fails to resolve the row before this self-imposed deadline expires.


Tokunoshima hosted a former Japanese military air base during World War II and was returned to Japanese rule in 1953 after US military occupation.

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Source: SGGP