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On July 20, 2016, the destruction of Larung Gar monastery & the Institute’s residences & quarters has begun in Tibet. As per reports, a large number of residences has been bulldozed & demolished by the local Chinese authorities to evict Buddhist monks & nuns from the Institute & the monastery.

The Larung Gar Buddhist Academy, which is probably the world’s largest Buddhist monastic community, was founded by Choeje Yishin Norbu Khenpo Jigme Phuntshok. The academy, as framed by the late Khenpo, has been serving as the wellspring of knowledge. It is also the home for many Buddhist practitioners and the source of happiness for people across the globe. The Chinese government has issued an order to reduce the population of the institute to 5,000 residents when there are well over 10,000 monks and nuns alone. The Chinese government also announced the planned demolition of living quarters, which would leave residential space for only five thousand members.

The obvious concern is regarding religious freedom for the thousands of monks and nuns that have renounced the world and made Larung Gar their home just to practice their religion. As the Chinese government continues to manipulate the number of monks and nuns in monasteries all over Tibet, this directly obstructs the practice of religion for many.


[Documentary] Vietnamese Seas and Islands: Their Long-Established Roots

Our thousands-of-years history is made up of marvelous stories about the development of the Vietnamese nation in the long course of struggle for survival. These heroic pages have cultivated in the mind of generations of Vietnamese people the perception of Biển Đông (East Sea) as our living and cultural space, especially with regard to Hoàng Sa (Paracel) and Trường Sa (Spratly) as part and parcel of our country. “Vietnamese seas and islands: their long-standing roots,” features genuine and objective evidence of how the Vietnamese feudal dynasties Vietnam established and exercised their sovereignty over the sea areas and islands in Biển Đông (East Sea), which are traced back not only within Vietnam but in the documents of many countries around the world, and from that we can affirm that Việt Nam has been the true master of the concerned sea areas and islands for thousands of years.

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[Phim Tài Liệu] Biển Đảo Việt Nam – Nguồn Cội Tự Bao Đời

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“Xin giới thiệu đến các bạn bộ phim tài liệu về Hoàng Sa, Trường Sa, Biển Ðông do HTV thực hiện trong 3 năm qua, đoàn làm phim đã đi 9 nước trên thế giới để thu thập tài liệu, phỏng vấn các học giả & nhà nghiên cứu về Biển Ðông.

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Lịch sử hàng ngàn năm văn hiến của dân tộc Việt Nam với bao sử tích và kỳ tích về sự phát triển của dân tộc như một chuỗi dài đấu tranh sinh tồn. Cũng từ những trang sử hào hùng đó đã để lại trong ký ức bao người dân Việt qua các thế hệ hình ảnh của một Biển Đông như là một không gian sinh tồn, không gian văn hóa từ bao đời nay của người Việt, trong đó Hoàng Sa – Trường Sa luôn mãi trường tồn cùng dân tộc. Bộ phim “Biển đảo Việt Nam, nguồn cội tự bao đời” sẽ khắc họa những hình ảnh chân thật, khách quan sự xác lập chủ quyền các vùng biển, đảo trên biển Đông từ các triều đại phong kiến Việt Nam, không chỉ từ những chứng cứ lịch sử trong nước mà cả từ những nguồn tư liệu tại nhiều nước trên thế giới, để từ đó khẳng định dân tộc Việt Nam đã thực sự làm chủ biển đảo từ ngàn đời nay.”

NYT | Vietnam & China Trade

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Last week I was up near the Vietnam-China border, in Lao Cai, a town better known as the entry point for the mountainous old hill station town of Sapa than for being anything whatsoever on its own. Lao Cai isn’t a tourist town. Most travelers pass through on the bus or train and go no further than the station parking lots, there only long enough to scuttle from one air-conditioned mode of transportation to the next. I was there for a grueling two days, battling bad weather and shifty-eyed smugglers and unhelpful border guards. All for a story on border trade between locals in Vietnam and China for The New York Times. You can read the story in the link. And here are some image outtakes.

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Cam Ranh Bay: Vietnam’s ace in the hole against China

Peace and Freedom

By ATSUSHI TOMIYAMA, Nikkei staff writer

HANOI — Vietnam is David to China’s Goliath when it comes to strategic competition. China’s economy is 54 times larger and its navy is 10 times bigger.

But as far as territorial disputes in the South China Sea are concerned, Vietnam has an ace up its sleeve: Cam Ranh Bay. To make the most of its leverage, Hanoi is apparently letting Russia use the natural harbor on its central coast.

Cam Ranh Bay is one of the most strategically important bays in Asia. The U.S. used it as its center for naval operations during the Vietnam War.

Now, the U.S. Navy wants to return on friendly terms. It is locked in a strategic rivalry with Russia over the use of the bay. Vietnam could tremendously alter the balance of power in Asia-Pacific waters simply by granting one or the other preferential access.

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[Repost] Vietnam Is Becoming the ‘New China’ With Foreign Manufacturers

My friend, who is an engineer and works for famous German specialized equipment company, told me that his company moved their factories from China to Vietnam to protect their intellectual property. Everything will be learned and copied easily in China, even complicated components.

Consequence: Chinese state-owned companies have become their tough competitors on market now, beside Danish. They have occupied 50% of market though they are new player!

He said “the cost in Vietnam is not significantly different, and our paperwork system is still a messy story, but I guess we still have our advantages”.

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By Ralph Jennings

TAIPEI, Taiwan (TheStreet) — Vietnam may still be communist, but the Southest Asian country is all about business.

Helped by low costs and an eager government,  Vietnam is taking over China’s role as Asia’s hotspot for foreign investment in manufacturing.

While China’s economy slows and labor becomes more expensive, Vietnam is becoming to go-to place for manufacturing, making cars for Ford(FGet Report) and Toyota Motor(TMGet Report)Offshore capital is expanding now into high-value, high-tech assembly. Hanoi is working on rules to bring in more of it.

Chinese officials, worried about pollution and dependence on foreign capital, are promoting private domestic investment and consumer spending instead.

“The Vietnamese government welcomes most sectors with open arms and market entry, so licensing and operating have become much simpler than in China,” says Ralf Matthaes, partner in the Ho Chi Minh…

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