Shots fired as U.S.-China tariffs take effect in deepening trade rowThe Saigon Times Daily A waiter delivers a lunch of lobster, that was imported from Boston, U.S., at a sea food restaurant in Beijing, China July 5, 2018 – PHOTO: REUTERS BEIJING/WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - U.S. tariffs on US$34 billion in Chinese imports took effect as a deadline passed on Friday, and with Beijing having vowed to respond immediately in kind, the world’s two biggest economies took a high-stakes turn toward all-out trade conflict. China’s commerce ministry said in a statement shortly after the deadline passed that it was forced to retaliate, meaning US$34 billion worth of imported U.S. goods including autos and agricultural products also faced 25% tariffs. “China promised to not fire the first shot, but to defend national core interests and the interests of the people it has no choice but to strike back as necessary,” the Commerce Ministry said in a statement. The … [Read more...] about Shots fired as U.S.-China tariffs take effect in deepening trade row
Take the high road
Neil Armstrong was a soft-spoken engineer who became a global hero when as a steely-nerved pilot he made "one giant leap for mankind" with a small step onto the moon. The modest man, who had people on Earth entranced and awed from almost a quarter-million miles away, but credited others for the feat, died Saturday. He was 82. Armstrong died following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures, his family said in a statement. Armstrong had had a bypass operation this month, according to NASA. His family didn't say where he died; he had lived in suburban Cincinnati. Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the moon July 20, 1969, capping the most daring of the 20th century's scientific expeditions. His first words after becoming the first person to set foot on the surface are etched in history books and the memories of those who heard them in a live broadcast. "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind," Armstrong said. (Armstrong insisted … [Read more...] about Neil Armstrong, 1st man on the moon, dies at 82
Sapa Tourism: Growth Rate and Cultural Identity on the Same Road? It will surely take you by a surprise visiting Sapa these days because of a strange Sapa. Keeping its particular beauty as a 1,600m high mountainous area, Sapa is developing into a crowded tourism town with such professional services that people may worry whether Sapa will have its traditional culture lost by “the modern”? Fast development in services Although Sapa is a small mountainous town in Lao Cai province, it has a very good tourism infrastructure. Great deal of hotels and restaurants have been built in the last few years with modern services like massage, sauna and karaoke, etc to satisfy the demand of visitors. As reported by the Department of Culture, Sport and Tourism, the number of staying facilities increased from 42 in the year 2000 to 148 in the year 2008 with more than 2300 rooms, including 10 luxury hotels ranked from two to four stars. Additionally, the service of home stay has … [Read more...] about Sapa Tourism: Growth Rate and Cultural Identity on the Same Road?
Vietnam is not a country short of spectacular landscapes and history. But, while the country and its people strive to become more modern and developed, many have started to forget Vietnam's true beauty and past. The Hai Van Pass is one site drenched in history and beauty that remains. Even with the introduction of the Hai Van Tunnel in 2005 that makes the journey from Da Nang to Hue much shorter, many bus drivers and motorists choose to travel along the picturesque mountain road steeped in history and with panoramic views of Da Nang. Hai Van (sea clouds) Pass is located on National Highway 1A at the border of Thua Thien-Hue Province and Da Nang City and is part of the Truong Son Range. Its history begins in 1306, before which, it belonged to the Champa Kingdom. In the summer of that year, the beautiful Princess Huyen Tran, daughter of King Tran Nhan Tong, agreed to marry King Che Man of Champa, at the request of her father. In return, King Che Man, also known as Jaya Sinhavarman … [Read more...] about Taking the high road
The first reason driving Vietnamese brides to South Korea is economic, and the first reason they have difficulty living there is also economic. Part 1: Viet brides' nightmares in the land of Kimchi Part 2: When money ruins dreams of marital happiness Part 3: Smile on their face, steel in their spinePart 4: Finding opportunities on the rough road ahead As many girls nod their heads in agreement after seeing the Korean men only once, they easily become disillusioned when their Korean husbands, of whom they form high expectations based on popular Korean dramas, turn out to be poor or mentally or physically handicapped. Responsibilities for failures in these international marriages, however, are not theirs alone. After all that is said about their economic motives for tying the knot with Korean men, the fact remains that the majority -- 52.9 percent -- of Korean men who marry foreign wives live in absolute poverty, according to the Korea Women Migrants' Human Rights Center in Seoul … [Read more...] about Finding opportunities on the rough road ahead