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Der Jangtse spült am meisten Plastik ins Meer
13.10.2017 (SZ) - Zehn Flüsse befördern weltweit mit großem Abstand den meisten Plastikmüll ins Meer. Zu diesem Ergebnis kommen Forscher des Helmholtz-Zentrums für Umweltforschung Leipzig und der Hochschule Weihenstephan-Triesdorf in einer umfassenden Studie.
In der Hitliste der Schande sind acht asiatische Gewässer vertreten. Das meiste Plastik spülte der Jangtse-Fluss in die Weltmeere, schreiben die Wissenschaftler im Fachmagazin Environmental Science & Technology. Der längste Fluss Asiens fließt vom Hochland Tibets aus ins Ostchinesische Meer, dabei passiert er Megastädte wie Chongqing oder Shanghai.
Am zweitschlimmsten für die Plastikbelastung der Weltmeere ist der Indus, der in Pakistan ins Arabische Meer mündet, auf Platz drei folgt der Gelbe Fluss Chinas. Die einzigen nichtasiatischen Flüsse in der Liste sind der Nil und der Niger. Die übrigen der zehn schlimmsten Flüsse sind der Haihe (China), der Meghna in Indien und Bangladesch (zu diesem Flusssystem werden auch Ganges und Brahmaputra gerechnet), der Perlfluss (China), der Amur (Russland, China), und der Mekong (u.a. Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Kambodscha). [Weiterlesen]

Vietnam has a debt problem
27.09.2017 By Khai Nguyen (Asia Times) - Country's communist leadership has failed to arrest a rising budget deficit rooted in government inefficiency and waste.
Last month, Vietnam’s Ministry of Finance (MoF) proposed a plan for raising various taxes to curb rising budget deficits and public debt. It’s not immediately clear, though, the plan will work.
Since 2000, the Vietnamese government has consistently overspent its budget. The budget deficit forecast for 2017–2018 is about 5.8% of GDP per annum. Government revenue had increased over the last 15 years, partially due to economic growth of over 6% on average over the period. However, this growth cannot keep up with the government’s expenditures. [read more]

Malaria: Resistente Parasiten erreichen Vietnam
24.09.2017 (Deutsches Ärzteblatt) - Bangkok – Ein resistenter Stamm von P. falciparum, der sich seit einigen Jahren in Kambodscha ausbreitet, hat jetzt Vietnam erreicht. Britische Tropenmediziner sprechen von einer bedrohlichen Situation.
Schon seit einigen Jahren hat die Artemisinin-basierte Kombinationstherapie in Kambodscha ihre Wirkung verloren. Grund sind verschiedene Mutationen im Gen „PfKelch“ des Erregers. Die größten Probleme bereitet derzeit die Punktmutation C580Y, die zuerst in Pailin im Westen Kambodscha nahe der Grenze zu Thailand entdeckt wurde. [Weiterlesen]

Malaria warning as resistant strain spreads to Vietnam
22.09.2017 (France24) - BANGKOK (AFP) - A form of malaria that is resistant to standard treatment has spread to Vietnam for the first time, researchers warned Friday.
The strain was originally detected in Cambodia in 2007, and experts are calling for action before it reaches other areas such as India or Africa.
"It spread like a wildfire to Vietnam," professor Arjen Dondorp, head of malaria department at the tropical medicine research unit at Mahidol University in Bangkok, told AFP. [read more]

Vietnamese Protesters to Maintain Blockade of Polluting Textile Factory
22.09.2017 (RFA) - Protesters in northern Vietnam’s Hai Duong province have vowed to continue blocking the entrance to a textile factory that has polluted local water supplies, despite threats from local authorities, until the company ceases operation and moves from the area.
For more than two years, Hong Kong-owned Pacific Crystal has been discharging smoke into the air which people have described as “horrible” and smelling like “burnt plastic.” Noise from its production operations has prevented residents from sleeping at night, and water in the vicinity has turned black, protesters said. [read more]

China's projects in Vietnam earn reputation for poor quality, delays
20.09.2017 (Nikkei Asian Review ) - Hanoi stuck with rising costs on 'cheap' projects with poor expectancies .
HO CHI MINH CITY -- Hanoi's first elevated railway line has had its trial run in September cancelled without an alternative being proposed by the builders from China.
On Monday, Vietnamese authorities told reporters that further work on the project is not possible until China disburses $250 million in official development assistance (ODA) promised last year.
The delayed test run is the latest problem on the controversial project, which has been dogged by accidents, fatalities, and injuries to passersby.
Poor quality materials, faulty installations, and untrained workers have raised safety concerns. [read more]

Death by dam for the Mekong
14.09.2017 (Asia Times) - The sleepy town of Pak Beng, best known as a stopover for slow boats connecting the Laos-Thailand border to the ancient Lao capital of Luang Prabang, will be transformed later this year by the launch of a third major hydro-dam on the lower Mekong River.
The dam’s plan came under heavy fire during the six-month consultation process concluded in June organized by the Mekong River Commission – an intergovernmental body that brings together the four riparian states of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam towards the goal of sustainable development of the region’s water resources.
The MRC’s panel of experts found many flaws in the dam’s design and a lack of credible environmental impact studies, Le Anh Tuan, a Mekong expert at Can Tho University located in Vietnam’s Mekong delta, told Asia Times. [read more]

Vietnam will Autos bauen
09.09.2017 Von Christoph Hein (FAZ) - „Vinfast“, eine Zusammensetzung aus Vietnam und dem englischen „schnell“, lautet der Name des jüngsten Automobilprojektes Asiens. Er könnte passen: Denn ein Konglomerat in Vietnam will in nur zwei Jahren ein eigenes Automobil für die mehr als 90 Millionen Vietnamesen entwickeln und bauen.
Die Vietnamesen haben für den Bau der Autofabrik einen Kredit der Schweizer Bank Credit Suisse über 800 Millionen Dollar zugesichert bekommen. Allerdings scheint noch offen, ob sie ihn ziehen werden. Ihr Ziel lautet, den Bau so weit wie möglich aus eigenen Mitteln zu finanzieren. [Weiterlesen]

‘Passive’ Vietnamese exporters struggling to cope with US regulations
04.09.2017 By RJ Whitehead (FoodNavigator-Asia) - Vietnamese food exporters remain “passive and sluggish” in complying with the demands of their target markets, especially America.
Under US Food and Drug Administration rules, all foreign firms exporting food and beverages must re-register for food-safety approval every two years.
Yet even though Vietnamese businesses have “tried hard” to comply with the FDA’s Food Safety Modernisation Act, an increasing number have been put on America’s alert list. [read more]

Vietnam may scuttle Trans-Pacific trade
30.08.2017 (SBS) - Vietnam may be reluctant to undertake tricky reforms to be part of a controversial Pacific free trade deal if there is no sweetener of better US market access.
Vietnam could be shaping up as the weakest link on the prospects of salvaging a controversial Pacific-wide free trade deal.
US President Donald Trump pulled America out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement earlier this year, but the remaining 11 countries are in talks to push ahead. [read more]

In Vietnam poverty and poor development, not just floods, kill the most marginalised
29.08.2017 (The Conversation) - Flooding and landslides in northwest Vietnam have caused widespread devastation since the start of August. The disaster crippled the provinces of Son La, Dien Bien, Yen Bai and Lai Chau, situated within one of the most disadvantaged regions of the country.
Disasters are widely misunderstood in Vietnam – as they are elsewhere – as “natural” occurrences. As a consequence of this, there is little open discussion about the social, political and economic factors that are inextricably linked to the issue. [read more]

Vietnam's Rural Areas Face Environmental Pollution
29.08.2017 (Bernama) - HANOI -- The use of pesticides and chemical fertiliser in farming and the discharge of solid waste from craft villages and households are the main causes of rural environmental pollution in Vietnam where nearly 67 per cent of the population live in rural areas, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.
According to the Vietnam Environment Administration (VEA), a lot of waste is generated in dense-population regions such as the north central and central coastal areas (25 per cent), the Red River Delta (23 per cent), the Mekong Delta (22 per cent) and the south eastern region (15 per cent).
The rural environment is under pressure from manufacturing at industrial parks and clusters, daily activities of residential and adjacent urban areas, and impacts from climate change, such as rising sea levels, and natural disasters. [read more]

High costs and new taxes burden Vietnamese business enterprises
25.08.2017 (The Nation) - HANOI - According to the World Bank’s 2017 World Business Environment Survey, the costs of running a business in Vietnam are much higher than those in its regional neighbours.
Private Vietnamese businesses are bearing the burden of high business expenses and struggling with increased pressure from new taxes and fees already adopted or being planned by authorities, which hinder competitiveness and reduce business efficiency.
The survey said Vietnamese enterprises have to pay taxes at 31.9 per cent of profit, two times higher than in Singapore. In addition, export-import costs in Vietnam are four times higher than in Singapore and three times higher than in the Philippines. [read more]

Wind energy in Vietnam – blowing in the right direction?
23.08.2017 by David Foxwell (Offshore Wind Journal) - To encourage the development of wind power projects the Vietnamese government introduced a feed-in tariff (FIT) scheme back in 2011. The FIT of VND1,614/kWh (excluding VAT, equivalent to US$0.078) was seen at the time as an important step towards realising the country’s renewable energy ambitions.
The low rate, however, has proved unappealing to investors. Despite a range of tax benefits offered to developers, including exemptions from customs duties, a preferential corporate tax rate of 10% and income tax and land use fee exemptions, Vietnam has just four operational windfarms. [read more]

Vietnam's GDP Won't Meet Its Goal This Year -- And That's OK With Most Investors
23.08.2017 Ralph Jennings (Forbes) - Vietnamese officials declared in early August that their legendarily fast-growing economy would gain another 6.7% this year. Dips in mining and agriculture have nipped growth, but new export manufacturing, tourism and consumption can make up for those setbacks and more, economists say. Still the GDP growth rate, often seen as a statement to the world about a country’s economic might, could come in lower than predicted. Economic growth came in a hair lower than its 6.26% forecast in the second quarter, and third-quarter growth is forecast at 7.23% GDP growth despite a historic norm of 6.6%. [read more]

Energy dilemma weighs on Vietnam
21.08.2017 By Dan Southerland (Asia Times) - State planners say more than 50% of national power will be coal-fired by 2030, a big boost in the fossil fuel's use that will worsen pollution and undercut climate change goals
As a rapidly industrializing nation, Vietnam needs more electricity for both industries and homes.In order to reach its goal for 2030, Vietnam will not only build more coal-fired power plants but also is likely to import more of the fuel. Chinese companies appear ready to supply Vietnam with both coal and equipment, even as China closes some of its own coal-fired plants at home. [read more]

How climate change is already disrupting lives in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta
18.08.2017 (Climate Change News) - Climate change its causing flooding and droughts that damage agricultural land in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam. The "rice bowl" of Asia produces 57 percent of rice production for the country - including 80 percent of its exports. ROBYN WILSON met the farmers facing ruin.
Farmers in the tropical southern region of Vietnam’s Mekong Delta today continue to build dams around their fields to protect the land from severe weather. [read more & watch video clips]

Vietnam battles dengue outbreaks with 42 per cent more cases
18.08.2017 Tran Van Minh (The Globe and Mail) - Vietnam has been battling raging dengue fever outbreaks with more than 10,000 new infections reported over the past week stretching its medical system.
The number of admitted patients represents a 42-per cent increase over the same period last year along with seven more deaths, the Ministry of Health said Friday. A total of 90,626 people have been infected, of whom 76,848 have been hospitalized and 24 have died. [read more]

Mehr als 90.000 Menschen mit Denguefieber infiziert
18.08.2017 (Stuttgarter Nachrichten) - Vietnam hat mit einem Ausbruch des Denguefiebers zu kämpfen. 24 Menschen sind bereits gestorben, mehr als 90.000 sollen verletzt sein.
Hanoi - In Vietnam breitet sich das Denguefieber aus. Das Gesundheitsministerium meldete am Freitag mehr als 10 000 Neuinfektionen in der vergangenen Woche. Das seien 42 Prozent mehr als im gleichen Zeitraum des letzten Jahres. Insgesamt seien 90 626 Menschen infiziert. Fast 77 000 von ihnen würden stationär behandelt. 24 Menschen starben an der Krankheit. [Weiterlesen]

10 000 cas de dengue en une semaine au Vietnam
18.08.2017 (Métro) - HANOÏ, Viêtnam — Quelque 10 000 infections à la fièvre dengue ont été détectées au Vietnam depuis une semaine, et le système de santé du pays croule sous le poids de ce fardeau.
Le nombre de patients hospitalisés représente un bond de 42 pour cent par rapport à la même période l’an dernier, avec sept décès de plus, selon le ministère de la Santé.
Au total, on rapporte 90 626 infections, 76 848 hospitalisations et 24 décès. [en savoir plus]

Church against the pollution of Montagnard water resources in Kon Tum
17.08.2017 Nguyen Hung (AsiaNews) - Hanoi – In Vietnam’s mountainous Central Highlands (Tây Nguyên), water pollution is a serious threat to the environment and to health of the local indigenous population, the Montagnards.
The diocese of Kon Tum, whose territory includes the homonymous province and that of Gialai, is involved in a number of social and charitable activities to counter the problem. [read more]

Hanoi makes sharp U-turn on Japan-built bridge
17.08.2017 Atsushi Tomiyama (Nikkei Asian Review) - HANOI -- A dramatic about-face by the Vietnamese government on its assessment of a Japanese-built bridge in northern Vietnam, which went from "major" flaws to no issues at all in a couple of days -- suggests to some involved in the project that the Hanoi government may be playing for time to delay payment.
In early July, as the bridge was nearing completion and its handover to the government approaching, government inspectors performed a check on the span. When local newspapers reported the findings July 11-13, the situation looked grim. Many problems had been found, according to one. The bridge had subsided by as much 5cm in certain sections, claimed another. Yet only a few days later, senior officials from the Ministry of Construction inspected the structure again and declared that the bridge had no safety issues.
The government's odd behavior may have more to do with the strain on its finances than any on the bridge. Excessive borrowing via foreign aid loans and reckless fiscal management have swelled the Southeast Asian nation's public debt, which reached 64.7% of gross domestic product at the end of 2016 -- just shy of an official target of no more than 65%. [read more]

Kontum, la Iglesia contra la contaminación de las reservas hídricas de los Montagnard
17.08.2017 Nguyen Hung (AsiaNews) - Hanoi – En la región montañosa central de Tây Nguyên, la grave contaminación de las reservas hídricas constituye un serio peligro para el ambiente y la salud de la población indígena local, los Montagnard.
La diócesis de Kontum, cuyo territorio comprende la homónima provincia y la de Gialai está realizando innumerables actividades sociales, también caritativas para contrastar el fenómeno. [seguir leyendo]

'We are jobless because of fish poisoning': Vietnamese fishermen battle for justice
14.08.2017 (The Guardian) - A year after Vietnam’s worst environmental disaster, lives remain ruined while the government cracks down on protesters seeking compensation.
“Before the marine disaster happened, I could earn up to 15m Vietnamese dongs [£500],” reflects Nguyen. “But after, I didn’t sell any fish at all. I was sick of my profession.”
He moors and ties his small boat in the dock of Tan An village. Today, he has caught nothing.
Anger has been growing over the government’s handling of what is thought to be the country’s worst environmental disaster – affecting 450 hectares (1,112 acres) of coral reefs, of which about half were totally destroyed.
Slow government response and denials of wrongdoing sparked angry protests not often seen in four decades of Communist party rule. [read more]

Interview: ' We Are in a Very Unfavorable Situation'
14.08.2017 (RFA) - Vinh Diocese Bishop Nguyen Thai Hop led a delegation this month from his coastal region of Vietnam to Taiwan, home to Formosa Plastics Group's headquarters to seek redress for local fishermen affected by a marine disaster of April 2016. The toxic spill from a Formosa steel plant in central Vietnam polluted more than 125 miles of coastline along four coastal provinces and killed an estimated 115 tons of fish and left fishermen and tourism industry workers jobless. He spoke to RFA's Vietnamese service about his visit to Taiwan.
RFA: Tell us about your recent visit to Taiwan.
Bishop Nguyen Thai Hop: Our Marine Disaster Victim Support Committee has three or four people and there are also some others who currently live in Taiwan. In Taiwan, we met some lawyers, professors and members of civil society who are also in the process of litigation over the environmental disasters that Formosa caused in Taiwan itself over the years. We explained that the Vietnamese government is cooperating with Formosa to alleviate the impact, moreover that many times the government has repressed supporters of the victims of Formosa. [read more]

Vivir del metal, morir por el metal
04.08.2017 Sheila Torres (El Pais) - DAI BAI (VIETNAM) - En el poblado vietnamita de Dai Bai proliferan los casos de cáncer entre fábricas en las que se trabaja el alumnio sin regulación
Bustos de Ho Chi Min, objetos grabados con motivos religiosos, tuercas y cacerolas... Son el resultado final de las aleaciones, fundiciones y quemas de productos fabricados con aluminio, un trabajo que provoca un desagradable humo inquietante para los habitantes de la localidad vietnamita de Dai Bai, al este de Hanoi. Muchos vecinos creen que tienen un alto índice de cáncer por trabajar este material. El aluminio es uno de los productos más usados para la fábrica de ollas en esta ciudad, un metal considerado con riesgo de cáncer, según una estimación de la Agencia Internacional para la Investigación del Cáncer (IARC) de entre 118 elementos que afectan a humanos. [seguir leyendo]

Millions of cubic metres of toxic mud dumped into the sea
04.08.2017 Thanh Thuy (AsiaNews) - Ho Chi Minh City – Millions of cubic metres of toxic mud are being “sunk” at sea. Indifferent to the consequences for human health, provincial authorities in Binh Thuận, southern Vietnam, have allowed the Electricity Group of Viêt Nam (EVN) to contaminate the waters off the coast of Vĩnh Tân, through this 'innovative' method of waste disposal.
On 13 July 2017, Mr Phạm, deputy director general of the Department of Sea and Islands at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, told the local People's Council that "the Vinh Tân 1 Electricity Company was authorised to 'sink' about a million of cubic metres of toxic mud into the sea at Vĩnh Tân."
Prof Lê Anh, deputy director of the Institute for Research on Climate Change at Cần Thơ University, slammed the government for its complicity in this.
"The authorities call this system of disposal ‘toxic waste immersion', but in fact it is no more than dumping at sea. The law is very vague on this subject. In the specific case, we are talking about tropical waters, rich in resources, delicate and very vulnerable." [read more]

En Vietnam central, ‘sepultan’ en el mar millones de metros cúbicos de lodo tóxico
04.08.2017 Thanh Thuy (AsiaNews) - Ho Chi Minh City – Millones de metros cúbicos de lodo tóxico son “sepultados” en el mar. Despreocupándose por las consecuencias que esto pueda tener sobre la salud y sobre la vida de los ciudadanos, las autoridades de la provincia centro-meridional de Bình Thuận permiten que las plantas de la empresa Electricity Group of Viêt Nam (Evn) contaminen las aguas del mar de Vĩnh Tân, a través de este ‘innovador’ método de eliminación de residuos.
El 13 de julio de 2017, el Sr. Phạm, vice director general del Departamento del Mar e Islas, del Ministerio de Recursos Naturales y Medio Ambiente, informó al Consejo de pueblo del ámbito provincial  que “se concedió el permiso para que la compañía de electricidad de Vinh Tân 1 pueda ‘sumergir cerca de un millón de metros cúbicos de lodo tóxico en el mar de  Vĩnh Tân”.
El Prof. Lê Anh, vice director del Instituto de investigación sobre cambio climático de la  Cần Thơ University, protesta por la complicidad mostrada por el gobierno y afirma: “A este sistema de eliminación de residuos las autoridades lo llaman ‘inmersión de residuos tóxicos’, pero de hecho, no es otra cosa que una simple descarga en el mar. [seguir leyendo]

Vietnam’s tale of two metros, one built by the Japanese and the other by the Chinese
30.07.2017 By Michael Tatarski (SCMP) - Delays and cost overruns are to be expected as the nation tries to recreate the transportion systems of its two largest cities, but accidents and mistakes on the Chinese-led project are feeding into some longstanding prejudices
For the first time in their histories, Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi are both in the middle of desperately needed major metro-system projects that aim to transform their cities. Both are facing delays, but a series of high-profile accidents has already cast a larger shadow over the Chinese-led effort in the capital.
In contrast, the metro project led by Japanese conglomerates in Ho Chi Minh City has been accident-free. This feeds into longstanding assumptions in Vietnam about the perceived superiority of Japanese workmanship and engineering. [read more]

“We can make a difference,” says Vietnamese Youth
27.07.2017 Peace Parks Foundation (National Geographic) - The continued senseless killing of African rhino for their horn, is driven by the demand for horn in primary consumer countries in Asia, such as Vietnam and China. More than 90% of horn goes to or through Vietnam. With the older generations for the most part set in their ways, much hope lies with changing the hearts and minds of the 10-24 year olds who make up almost 25% of Vietnam’s 94 million population. The Wild Rhino demand reduction campaign focusses on tapping into these young minds and motivating change before it is too late.
Realising the challenge that lies ahead for the next generation of Vietnamese in halting illegal rhino horn trade in their country, the Wild Rhino campaign reaches out to schools in Ho Chi Minh City with initiatives that aim to educate, empower, awaken and inspire. Tweet this
This campaign is implemented in 11 international schools throughout the city by Wilderness Foundation Africa, in partnership with Peace Parks Foundation, Olsen Animal Trust, and Soul Music and Performing Arts Academy. [read more]

Ho Chi Minh City Faces High Risks Of Land Erosion In Rainy Season
27.07.2017 (Bernama) --Ho Chi Minh City faces high risks of land erosion in the rainy season due to invasion of river banks, canals and illegal sand mining, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.
The threat is compounded with climate change causing rains, storms and rising sea levels, it added.
Fast urbanisation has made the invasion of canals and rivers more severe. [read more]

Taxation desperation in Vietnam
23.07.2017 By David Hutt (Asia Times) - ... While taxation from standard taxi firms accounts for annual revenue of US$91.7 million, according to local media reports, the app-based businesses have contributed a mere fraction of the total tax haul.
Grab paid US$250,000 in taxes last year in Vietnam; Uber paid about US$1.7 million.
To be sure, the Vietnamese government is desperately seeking new sources of tax revenue. Government expenditure has reached unsustainable levels, with a budget deficit of 4.4% of GDP last year and public debt now near the state-imposed limit of 65% of GDP.
Social media businesses are also in the taxman’s sights. Last month, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City’s taxation departments began drawing up plans on how to collect taxes from e-commerce businesses that operate on social media platforms like Facebook. [read more]

With TPP’s demise, Vietnam looks to Europe for free trade
23.07.2017 By David Hutt (Asia Times) - Vietnam and the European Union are tentatively set to agree to and ratify a wide-ranging free trade pact, known as the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement, or EVFTA, by early 2018. The agreement was first envisaged in 2012 and once enacted is expected to accelerate trade between Vietnam and individual EU states.
Recent developments mean that timeframe could be delayed, due namely to a ruling that means each EU member state must individually agree to the deal. Phuc’s visit was to Germany was thus largely a lobbying effort to expedite the deal’s enactment. [read more]

Pollution de l'air : le Vietnam veut interdire les deux roues à moteur à Hanoï
22.07.2017 (Sud Ouest) - Initiative radicale au Vietnam pour lutter contre la pollution de l'air : le 4 juillet, les autorités ont annoncé leur volonté d’interdire les mobylettes et motos d’ici à 2030 à Hanoï. Dans une ville où l’essentiel du trafic se fait à deux-roues, la mesure fait tousser et les réactions, en s'en doute, sont mitigées. Mais ne pas les prendre, ferait tousser la population bien davantage. Au sens propre du terme.
Au Vietnam, l'un des pays d’Asie du Sud-Est qui compte le plus de deux-roues, Hanoï est connu pour ses légions de mobylettes pétaradant aux feux rouges. Dans une ville où les transports en commun sont peu développés, la mobylette fait office de voiture familiale (avec les enfants entassés entre les deux parents).  [en savoir plus]

Vietnam pollution fight hits supplier to global fashion brands
21.07.2017 Mai Nguyen (Reuters) - HANOI - Vietnamese villagers blockading a textile plant that serves global fashion brands are seeking the permanent closure of the factory due to pollution concerns, highlighting a growing readiness in Vietnam to campaign over environmental issues.
Hundreds of people from Hai Duong, 50 km (30 miles) east of Hanoi, have kept watch in shifts day and night since April to stop work at the Pacific Crystal Textiles mill, operated by Hong Kong-based Pacific Textiles. [read more]

Gemüse aus Asien mit wahren Giftcocktails an der Grenze abgefangen
19.07.2017 (Blick) - Gemüse aus Asien enthält mitunter wahre Giftcocktails. Auch 2016 musste bei Kontrollen an der Grenze fast ein Drittel der Proben wegen überhöhten Pestizidgehalts beanstandet werden. Kritisch waren vor allem Produkte aus Thailand und Vietnam wie Koriander und Chilis.
Schon frühere Untersuchungen auf Pflanzenschutzmittel-Rückstände hatten bei Grünzeug aus asiatischen Ländern Beanstandungsraten von 20 bis 53 Prozent ergeben. Das Bundesamt für Lebensmittelsicherheit und Veterinärwesen (BLV) hat deshalb erneut eine nationale Einfuhrkontrolle für Frischgemüse und Früchte aus Asien organisiert. [Weiterlesen]

FDP Wirtschaftspolitik - Zusammenarbeit mit Vietnam vertiefen
14.07.2017 (FDP) - In Zeiten von Abschottung und Protektionismus setzen sich die Freien Demokraten für mehr internationalen Austausch und Freihandel ein. In Rheinland-Pfalz etwa engagiert sich Landeswirtschaftsminister Volker Wissing für eine vertiefte Zusammenarbeit mit Vietnam. Hierzu unterzeichneten er und der vietnamesische Industrie- und Handelsminister Tran Tuan Anh einen entsprechenden "Letter of Intent".
"Wir haben vereinbart, eine Arbeitsgruppe einzusetzen, die bis zum Frühjahr 2018 die Möglichkeiten der praktischen Zusammenarbeit für die Zukunft weiter konkretisiert", erklärte Wissing. Er sehe viel Potenzial, um mit Vietnam über eine wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit zu sprechen. [Weiterlesen]

Report: Asia facing dire future toll from climate change
14.07.2017 (AP) - A report by the Asia Development Bank says Asia will endure extreme heat, rising sea levels, growing losses from severe weather and increasing food insecurity in coming decades as climate change raises temperatures and alters weather patterns across the globe.
The survey released Friday by the Manila-based lender paints a grim outlook for many communities in Asia, home to about 4 billion people.
It's based on the latest scientific research, with or without more aggressive efforts to curb carbon emissions that contribute to global warming. [read more]

Unwetter tobt in Vietnam - Überschwemmungen fordern 13 Todesopfer
12.07.2017 (n-tv) - Im Norden Vietnams sind bei schweren Überschwemmungen mindestens 13 Menschen ums Leben gekommen. Unter den Todesopfern ist auch ein Elternpaar mit zwei Kindern im Alter von vier und acht Jahren.
Insgesamt wurden in dem südostasiatischen Staat seit Beginn der schweren Regenfälle am Wochenende mehr als 175 Häuser beschädigt. [Weiterlesen]

Vietnam reports outbreak of H5N1 bird flu in north - OIE
12.07.2017 (Reuters) - PARIS - Vietnam has reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu among backyard birds in the northern province of Ha Nam, the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Wednesday, citing a report from the Vietnamese farm ministry.
The virus was detected at a backyard location with 1,135 birds. It directly killed 300 birds, with the rest of the flock slaughtered, the report said. [read more]
 
Christenverfolgung in Vietnam
Vortrag und Diskussion mit Peter Kinast (Open Doors Deutschland)
13. Juni 2015

Im Weltverfolgungsindex (WVI) von 2015 liegt Vietnam mit 68 Punkten auf Platz 16. 2014 befand sich Vietnam mit 65 Punkten auf Platz 18.

Christenverfolgung in Vietnam Vortrag und Diskussion mit Peter Kinast

Peter Kinast von Open Doors Deutschland, der Vietnam besuchte und das Leiden der Gläubigen hautnah erlebte, wird vom schweren Los der verfolgten Christen in Vietnam berichten.  [Weiterlesen] - [tiếng Việt]



* Menschenrechte / Human Rights  
Letter from a father: Demand the Vietnamese Authority to review dead penalty for my son Nguyen Van Chuong
19.12.2014 (Dân Làm Báo) - My name is Nguyen Truong Chinh, born in 1945, I am currently residing at Hamlet 1 Binh Dan Village, Kim Thanh, Hai Duong Province. My telephone number is 01626627673 (+84 1626627673). I am writing this letter in desperation, asking you for help by calling on the Vietnamese Government to review my son's - Nguyen Van Chuong - case.
Having a son on dead penalty and soon to be executed, like many normal parents, we could not described the pains and heart aches we have endured in the last 8 years to see my son was unjustly put in jail and was constantly tortured for the crime he did not commit. My son was wrongly accused of murder a police major in Dinh Vu District, Hai Phong City on July 14, 2007 at 21:00 hours. However, at the time the homicide occurred, my son Nguyen Van Chuong was at Hamlet 1 Binh Dan Village, Kim Thanh, Hai Duong Province - our home village which was 40km away from the crime scene, visited friends and relatives as he normally did every weekend. There many alibis and witnesses are willing to prove my son's where about at the time the homicide occurred. [read more]

* Politik - Demokratie  
Streit um Rohstoffe: China baut vierte künstliche Insel
28.11.2014 (Der Spiegel) - Hamburg - Im Südchinesischen Meer lagern große Mengen an Rohstoffen. Jetzt zeigen Satellitenbilder, dass China dort erneut eine künstliche Insel angelegt hat - es ist mittlerweile die vierte. Landebahn und Hafen sind bereits zu erkennen. 
Am Fiery Cross Reef nahe der Spratly-Inseln haben Baggerschiffe demnach in den vergangenen vier Monaten eine drei Kilometer lange und bis zu 300 Meter breite Sandinsel geschaffen. Das Riff habe zuvor großteils unter Wasser gelegen. In den vergangenen Monaten hatte China bereits am Johnson South Reef, am Cuateron Reef und am Gaven Reef künstliche Inseln aufgeschüttet. [Weiterlesen]

* Menschenrechte / Human Rights  
Vietnam: Pervasive Deaths, Injuries in Police Custody
Cover Deaths in Custody and Police Brutality in Vietnam
16.09.2014 (HRW) - Bangkok – Police throughout Vietnam abuse people in their custody, in some cases leading to death, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The Vietnamese government should take immediate action to end suspicious deaths in custody and torture of detainees by police, Human Rights Watch said.

The 96 page report, “Public Insecurity: Deaths in Custody and Police Brutality in Vietnam,” highlights cases of police brutality that resulted in deaths and serious injuries of people in custody between August 2010 and July 2014. Human Rights Watch documented abuses in 44 of Vietnam’s 58 provinces, throughout the country and in all five of the country’s major cities [read more]
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