The Vietnam Association of Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin (VAVA) has collected more evidence for the victims’ lawsuit against the U.S., said VAVA Vice President Tran Xuan Thu in a recent interview. Taking care of an AO/Dioxin victim Mr. Tran Xuan Thu Does VAVA intend to pursue the lawsuit against American chemical companies or struggle for justice in another direction as the lawsuit has lasted seven years without achieving final results? Despite the passage of time, the association will continue to seek justice by legal means. We know there remains a lot to be done. First we are urging the U.S. House of Representatives to compensate both American and Vietnamese victims of AO/dioxin. Then we request the U.S. Congress and Administration to give compensations or subsidies for the victims. The verdict by the U.S. Supreme Court in New York takes effect only in this state. Even though the court rejected the lawsuit lodged by the Vietnamese victims, Vietnam can still sue … [Read more...] about More evidence for dioxin victims’ lawsuit against U.S.
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Wary of China's rise, Pompeo announces U.S. initiatives in emerging AsiaThe Saigon Times Daily U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at a press conference at the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom at the State Department in Washington, U.S., July 26, 2018 – PHOTO: REUTERS WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced US$113 million in new technology, energy and infrastructure initiatives in emerging Asia on Monday, at a time when China is pouring billions of dollars in investments into the region. In a policy speech delivered amid increased U.S. trade frictions with China and other Asian countries, Pompeo sought to define the economic aspect of President Donald Trump’s “Indo-Pacific” strategy, which aims to cast the United States as a trustworthy partner in the region. Pompeo said Washington wants a “free and open” Asia not dominated by any one country, an apparent reference to China’s growing economic clout … [Read more...] about Wary of China’s rise, Pompeo announces U.S. initiatives in emerging Asia
Vietnam hosts a defence symposium this week attended by top American arms manufacturers, ahead of a visit by U.S. President Barack Obama and as Washington weighs whether to lift an arms embargo on its former enemy. Firms including Boeing and Lockheed Martin attended the event. It coincides with the biggest arms buildup in the country since the Vietnam War. Vietnam has accelerated efforts to build a military deterrent and is the world's eighth largest weapons importer, as neighbour China intensifies its push to fortify South China Sea islands (Vietnam's East Sea) it has either occupied or built from scratch. According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute think-tank, which tracks defence trade over five-year periods, Vietnam's total arms imports during 2011-2015 represented a 699 percent jump from 2006-2010. The Hanoi symposium comes amid debate within the U.S. administration over whether to respond to Vietnam's longstanding request to remove an arms embargo that … [Read more...] about Vietnam hosts arms gathering attended by U.S. companies
Vietnam's military is going shopping. Anxious about a more assertive China on its doorstep and frictions over territory in the South China Sea, officials in Hanoi recently hosted a group of foreign defense contractors looking to sell the nation everything from radar systems to night vision technology and aircraft. The military's top officers were not present because of the sensitivity of hobnobbing with U.S. defense companies eight days before celebrations for the 40th anniversary of the defeat of America and its allies. But the meeting shows how Vietnam's leaders are looking past ideology to practical realities. "There are no permanent friends or enemies, only permanent interests," Alexander Vuving, a security analyst at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Hawaii, said by phone. Squeezed by slower U.S. military spending, defense firms are looking to Southeast Asian nations for new markets, capitalizing on their concerns about China's outlays on long-range planes, ships … [Read more...] about Vietnam goes shopping for U.S. military hardware
Both of these statements are true: 1) China possesses a rapidly improving military that, in certain local or regional engagements, could match — and even defeat — U.S. forces in battle. 2) In military terms, China is a paper dragon that, despite its apparent strength, is powerless to intervene in world events far from its shores. Seeing the distinction between these two ideas is the key to understanding China’s strategic aims, its military means and the threat, if any, that the country poses to its neighbors, the United States and the existing world order. Beijing’s goals include “securing China’s status as a great power and, ultimately, reacquiring regional preeminence,” according to the 2015 edition of the U.S. Defense Department’s annual report on Chinese military power. China is not a global military power. In fact, right now it doesn’t even want to be one. But that doesn’t mean the world’s most populous country … [Read more...] about Why China is far from ready to meet the U.S. on a global battlefront