Most of all it gave Hun Sen something he has wanted for a long time; a chance to repair relations with the US. These were badly frayed three years ago when the opposition leader Kem Sokha, who looked on course to beat Hun Sen in the 2018 election, was arrested and accused of plotting, with US backing, to overthrow the government. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: How did Cambodia’s cruise ship welcome go wrong?
My jaw dropped. I must have looked devastated. My husband tried to calm me down by saying things like ‘these things happen’, and ‘wait for the manager to take care of it’. As we waited, we saw other passengers from Taiwan, who did not have a visa like us. But they were advised to apply online, so after a few clicks on their iPad, they got their visa and boarded the boat. Another group of four young people also did not apply for a Hong Kong visa, because they did not plan to leave the ship. … [Read more...] about Peace for tourist who missed tour on Diamond Princess
Minh stressed that in the face of the epidemic, ASEAN needs to promote its cohesive and responsive spirit, and intensify cooperation within the bloc as well as between the bloc and its partners for the effective response to challenges posed by COVID-19, thus preventing negative impacts on people’s life and member countries’ development as well as the process of community building and ASEAN’s joint activities. … [Read more...] about ASEAN, China enhance cooperation in response to COVID-19
Hanoi (VNS/VNA) - Vietnam expects to gain a total export value of 12.5 billion USD from timber, wooden products and forest products this year, up 10 percent year on year, according to the Vietnam Timber and Forest Product Association (VIFORES). Of which, 8.68 billion USD would come from timber exports and 2.99 billion USD from wooden product exports, while other forest products would gain an export value of 830 million USD. In terms of market, the US this year is forecasted to be the largest export market for local timber, wooden and forest products with an expected export value of 6.1 billion USD, up 15 percent year on year. Following is Japan with an export value of 1.52 billion USD, up 10 percent; the EU with 1.13 billion USD, up 10 percent; and China with 1.21 billion USD, up 5 percent. The US housing market is expected to be brighter this year, leading to an increase in the demand for furniture. That will be an opportunity for Vietnamese wood enterprises to … [Read more...] about Forestry industry to gain export value growth of 10 percent this year
South Korea has been hit hard by the economic fallout from the COVID-19 outbreak in neighbouring China. (Photo: AFP/Jung Yeon-je) Almost half the country's patients are linked to a 61-year-old woman who is a member of the Daegu branch of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, an entity often accused of being a cult. … [Read more...] about South Korea reports 31 new cases of COVID-19, bringing total to 82