Vietnamese fans in the stands with their flag in Saint Petersburg. VNS/VNA Photo Peter Cowan Perhaps the only thing many Vietnamese people love more than football is their country, so it was no surprise to see the yellow-starred red flag flying at several Euro 2020 matches. Vietnamese flags featured prominently in the stands of the quarter-final between Spain and Switzerland last week in Saint Petersburg, prompting lots of head-scratching from European viewers as to why a Southeast Asian country was being so strongly represented. However, for those of us lucky enough to be at least somewhat familiar with Việt Nam, it came as no shock to see members of the diaspora or perhaps Vietnamese tourists putting their country firmly in the limelight. No doubt those same folks were cheering with pride and passion from their apartments in Moscow, Prague, Budapest and countless other locales as the national team made history a few weeks ago in the UAE. … [Read more...] about The Local Game: Where’s the passion for club football?
International researchers and experts while attending a recent teleconference reaffirmed the value of the 2016 ruling on the East Sea by the Permanent Court on Arbitration (PCA). The July 9 teleconference, hosted by the Department of Southeast Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Hamburg, attracted speakers from University of Applied Sciences (Bremen), Charles University (Prague), Deutsche Welle (Bonn), and Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (Berlin). It was held to mark five years after the July 12, 2016 PCA ruling on the East Sea (internationally known as the South China Sea). In his opening speech, Prof. Dr. Thomas Engelbert, University of Hamburg, noted that the situation in the East Sea has witnessed tense developments since the ruling was given. Violations of international law have continued to occur, prompting many countries to voice their objections, he said. The negotiation process on a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC) between the Association of Southeast … [Read more...] about Int’l researchers reaffirm value of PCA ruling on East Sea
The Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN) Committee in coordination with the Customs Administration of the Czech Republic has held a webinar to introduce the electronic customs of the European country. Indonesian Ambassador to the Czech Republic Kenssy Dwi Ekaningsih, who is also Chairwoman of the ASEAN Committee in Prague, and Trousir Jiri, Deputy Director General of the Customs Administration of the Czech Republic, co-chaired the event. It attracted the participation of more than 30 delegates from six embassies of ASEAN countries in Prague and representatives of the Czech businesses. Tomaš Kocourek, an expert in charge of customs clearance procedures, gave an overview of the Czech customs system. He said the customs regulations of the country were unified and complied with that of the EU. However, member countries can decide for themselves on value-added tax (VAT) and special consumption tax. In his presentation, the expert also introduced in detail customs … [Read more...] about ASEAN, Czech Republic look to standardise customs procedures