U.S. Acting Assistant Secretary for Southeast Asia W. Patrick Murphy also said the United States was keen to help Pacific countries protect their sovereignty, in a region where the United States and is allies are competing for influence with China. "Our encouragement on countries that have relations with Taiwan is to maintain the status quo," Murphy told reporters in Canberra, on a three-day visit to Australia. China claims self-ruled and democratic Taiwan as sacred Chinese territory and merely a province with no right to state-to-state ties. Taiwan is one of a growing number of flashpoints in the U.S.-China relationship, which include a trade war, U.S. sanctions and China's increasingly muscular military posture in the South China Sea. "China is changing (the) status quo, and the Pacific is a good example where China is attempting to reduce Taiwan’s diplomatic relations in the region," Murphy said. "And that's kind of heavy handed." "Countries should be able to make their own … [Read more...] about US official urges Pacific Island nations to keep ties with Taiwan
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Many European companies said they expected the trade war between the US and China to be 'long-lasting' AFP/STR The world's two biggest economies have been entangled in a lingering trade war for over a year, which has weighed on the global economy and resulted in hundreds of billions of dollars in punitive tariffs slapped on two-way trade. European companies in China "have effectively negated the tariff effects in a relatively short space of time," said the president of the EU Chamber of Commerce in China, Joerg Wuttke. Many companies have "effectively side-stepped" the steep tariffs by rejigging their supply chains and leveraging their global corporate networks, the chamber said in a statement. According to a survey of its members released Monday, 64 per cent of respondents said they have not noticed "any change" in their business as a result of the trade war. Another 10 per cent said they were "completely affected" by the trade war. However many European companies said they … [Read more...] about European companies minimise risks from US-China trade war
They will carry out promotions in South Korea and Taiwan, jointly put up booths at major events and showcase popular beach destinations such as Ha Long Bay, Nha Trang and Phu Quoc. "Vietnam remains one of the most favorite destinations for South Koreans," Park Jong Sun, head of the Korea Tourism Board office in Vietnam told VnExpress International. "Famous tourist spots such as Ha Long Bay, Hanoi, Da Nang, and Hoi An are heavily favored, particularly by middle-aged tourists." More than 2.8 million South Koreans visited Vietnam in the first eight months of this year, up 22.5 percent from a year ago, while the number of Taiwanese jumped 27.5 percent to 596,000, according to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism. The carriers also pledged to expand code-share cooperation on flights to South Korea and Taiwan and to the U.S. and Canada transiting in Taiwan. Code-share flights to North America would also help the national flag carrier begin its own direct flights to the U.S. Earlier … [Read more...] about Vietnam Airlines joins hands with foreign carriers for tourism push
Three young Vietnamese women were lauded for their effort by former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama when they met in the southern province of Long An on Monday. The meeting at Can Giuoc High School in Long An was part of Obama’s trip to Vietnam with American actress Julia Roberts to spotlight girls’ education on behalf of the Obama Foundation’s Girls Opportunity Alliance. They were joined by Vietnamese-American actress Lana Condor, Vietnamese actress Ngo Thanh Van, American news personality Jenna Hager, and American actress Liza Koshy. A video published on Michelle Obama's verified Facebook account on December 9, 2019 about her trip to Long An, Vietnam the same day. At the event, Obama and Roberts listened to the life stories of the Vietnamese women who were the scholarship winners of Room to Read, a program that works to help female students pursue education. The former first lady praised the young women for their effort in overcoming hardship in life to gain … [Read more...] about Who are the women Michelle Obama praised in Vietnam?
It has raised the base salaries of pilots flying Boeing 787 and Airbus A350, its long-haul aircraft, by 22 percent, the carrier said. The raise had been scheduled only for June 1, 2020. Flight instructors and captains are now paid VND116 million ($5,000) per month, up from VND95 million ($4,100), while first officers are paid VND56 million ($2,400), up from VND46 million ($1,980). But with seniority bonuses, allowances, overtime, per diem, etc. instructors and captains on long-haul flights earn on average VND220 million ($9,480) per month, while first officers earn around VND135 million ($5,800), the airline said. Budget carriers Vietjet and Jetstar Pacific pay them VND140-240 million ($6,030 - 10,340) and VND100 -180 million ($4,300 - 7,750) respectively, sources told VnExpress. New entrant Bamboo Airways last year announced it would pay pilots 12-15 percent higher than market rates. Some pilots who had been involved with its recruitment process told VnExpress that first officers … [Read more...] about Vietnam Airlines raises pilots’ salaries to ward off poachers