CAAV asks U.S. for aviation safety assessmentBy Le Anh Passengers get off a Vietnam Airlines plane – PHOTO: LE ANH HCMC – The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) has asked the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to carry out the International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) program in Vietnam to make it possible for the Southeast Asian nation to launch its long-awaited direct air service to the world’s largest economy next year. A CAAV representative told local media on July 2 that Vietnam has done what was recommended by the FAA, and the CAAV has put in a written request for the IASA program to be conducted next month. An IASA assessment is an essential prerequisite for Vietnam to launch a nonstop flight service to the United States. Under the IASA program, the FAA determines whether another country’s oversight of its air carriers that operate, or seek to operate, in the United States or codeshare with a U.S. air carrier … [Read more...] about CAAV asks U.S. for aviation safety assessment
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U.S. lawmakers press Facebook over Chinese data sharing Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg listens while testifying before a joint Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committees hearing regarding the company’s use and protection of user data, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., April 10, 2018 – PHOTO: REUTERS WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (REUTERS) - Facebook Inc faced criticism on Wednesday from Republican and Democratic U.S. lawmakers who demanded that the social media company be more forthcoming about data it has shared with four Chinese firms. The bipartisan criticism reflected rising frustration in Congress about how Facebook protects the privacy of the more than two billion people who use its services worldwide. The leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee accused Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg of failing to disclose the company's agreements with the Chinese firms when he appeared before them in April and testified about … [Read more...] about U.S. lawmakers press Facebook over Chinese data sharing
China says in principle door is open to talks with U.S. on trade Security guards walk in front of containers at the Yangshan Deep Water Port in Shanghai, China April 24, 2018 - PHOTO: REUTERS BEIJING (REUTERS) - China's door to talks is open in principle, the country's Foreign Ministry said on Monday, a day after Beijing warned that any trade and business deals reached with Washington would be void if the United States implemented tariffs. The United States and China have threatened tit-for-tat tariffs on goods worth up to US$150 billion each, as U.S. President Donald Trump has pushed Beijing to open its economy further and address the United States' large trade deficit with China. The two countries ended their latest round of negotiations on Sunday, with U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and his delegation leaving Beijing without making a public statement, and China making no mention of any new agreements. Following Chinese Vice Premier Liu He's talks with Ross, China … [Read more...] about China says in principle door is open to talks with U.S. on trade
Talks end with China warning trade benefits at risk if U.S. imposes tariffs U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross (C,L), chats with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, center, during a group photograph session after their meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China Sunday, Jun 3, 2018 - PHOTO: REUTERS BEIJING (REUTERS) - China warned the United States on Sunday that any agreements reached on trade and business between the two countries will be void if Washington implements tariffs and other trade measures, as the two ended their latest round of talks in Beijing. A short statement, carried by the official Xinhua news agency, made no mention of any specific new agreements after U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross met Chinese Vice Premier Liu He. It referred instead to a consensus they reached last month in Washington, when China agreed to significantly increase its purchases of U.S. goods and services. "To implement the consensus reached in Washington, the two sides have … [Read more...] about Talks end with China warning trade benefits at risk if U.S. imposes tariffs
Britain is considering offering poisoned Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia new identities and a fresh life in the United States in an attempt to protect them from further murder attempts, the Sunday Times newspaper reported. It said officials at the MI6 intelligence agency have had discussions with their counterparts in the CIA about resettling the victims poisoned last month in the English city of Salisbury. “They will be offered new identities,” it quoted an unidentified source as saying. The paper said its sources believed Britain would want to ensure their safety by resettling them in one of the so-called “five eyes” countries, the intelligence-sharing partnership that also includes the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. “The obvious place to resettle them is America because they’re less likely to be killed there and it’s easier to protect them there under a new identity,” it quoted what it called an … [Read more...] about Britain aims to resettle poisoned Russian ex-spy in the U.S.