A representative from Lenovo Group (left) hands over a souvenir to Bắc Giang People’s Committee chairman Nguyễn Văn Linh. – Photo bacgiang.gov.vn Viet Nam News BẮC GIANG – The Lenovo Group from China expressed a desire to develop a computer component manufacturing factory in the northern province of Bắc Giang during a meeting with local authorities on Tuesday. The company would need 20-30ha of land for the factory’s development. Products made will be used for export to the US, the provincial portal reports. During the meeting, the company’s representatives also studied Bắc Giang’s policies, the provincial administrative procedures and incentives for investors, as well as its personnel resources. Bắc Giang People’s Committee chairman Nguyễn Văn Linh briefed the company on the locality’s advantages and potential and its socio-economic development status. According to Linh, the significant growth of the industrial sector helped his province rank third among localities nationwide in terms of economic growth in 2018. The chairman also encouraged the Chinese group to invest in his province. In 2018, Bắc Giang granted investment certificates to 107 domestically-invested projects with total registered capital of VNĐ1.92 trillion (US$82.4 million) and 63 foreign-invested ones valued at $166 million. It also allowed 50 existing projects to add $336 million to their investments. This year, the province will continue improving the investment climate while strengthening support and handling obstacles for enterprises and investors to boost the production and business development and facilitate investment attraction. Top priority for investment attraction will be given to transport infrastructure,… [Read full story]
WELLINGTON: An Air New Zealand passenger plane flying from Auckland to Shanghai was forced to turn back after about five hours in the air because it did not have permission to land in China, officials said on Sunday (Feb 10). The captain informed passengers mid-flight the plane was not allowed to land in China and would have to turn back AFP/Daniel SLIM Flight NZ289 carrying about 270 passengers left Auckland shortly before midnight on Saturday only to return about 10am on Sunday. Passengers said the captain informed them mid-flight the Air New Zealand plane was not allowed to land in China and would have to go back. “Midway through our flight, the pilot informs us that Chinese authorities had not given this plane permission to land, so we needed to turn around. A permitting issue, supposedly,” one passenger, Eric Hundman, told the New Zealand Herald. “I would be stunned if Air NZ had allowed a plane full of passengers to take off without being quite sure they would be able to land it in Shanghai,” the assistant professor at New York University Shanghai added. The airline said in a statement that “a technicality meant the particular aircraft operating this service did not have Chinese regulatory authority to land in China”. After returning to Auckland, the airline texted passengers to say the flight had been rescheduled and would depart Sunday night. China’s foreign ministry did not make any immediate comment when contacted by Reuters. Calls to the civil aviation administration were… [Read full story]
She brings out photos and the identity card of Lan, her daughter, who went missing 16 years ago, and starts to lovingly go through them, tears rolling down her cheek. She says, choking: “I never imagined she would come back to me. It is a miracle.” In 2002, Khoi sold everything she owned, cycled hundreds of kilometers to the Chinese border looking for her 15-year-old daughter. The old mother narrates the story of how she found her daughter, a victim of human trafficking, after 16 years. Khoi’s husband died young in 2001, leaving their three children and his mother in her care. When Khoi finished working in the rice field, she would do any other work villagers needed to support her family. Lan is her second daughter. Khoi has one older son while her youngest child was 14 months old when Lan went missing at the age of 15. The son was working in a brick manufacturing facility to support the family, while Lan stayed at home looking after the infant and doing housework. Neither of the older children got proper schooling. On the evening of September 9, 2002, Khoi was working late and Lan asked her for permission to hang out with her friends to catch fireflies. Khoi recalls: “She would usually come home at 9 p.m, but I kept waiting and waiting and there was no sign of her. I feared something bad.” Khoi went all around the village looking for her daughter, but everyone shook their heads, saying… [Read full story]
By Reuters  February 7, 2019 | 12:59 pm GMT+7 Shanghai’s Medical Products Administration said it had ordered a halt to production at China Meheco Xinxing Pharma Co following reports of the possible contamination of a batch of human immunoglobulin. Photo by Reuters Chinese authorities said tests of a batch of human immunoglobulin, reportedly contaminated with the HIV antibody, showed negative presence of the virus. “Shanghai authorities have run virus tests for HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C on the reported batch and they all show negative,” the National Medical Products Administration said in a statement on late Wednesday. China’s National Health Commission had earlier said there was a “very low” risk of HIV infection from the batch, which is for intravenous injection, after a baby was reported to have tested “weak” HIV positive. It asked medical institutions to halt the use of the batch and seal remaining supplies for further investigation. Shanghai’s Medical Products Administration said it had ordered the manufacturer to halt production. Human immunoglobulin is made with human blood plasma and is used to treat a variety of conditions. The Shanghai Medical Products Administration said in a statement on Wednesday that the batch, identified by China’s National Health Commission as number 20180610Z, was made by China Meheco Xinxing Pharma Co, a unit of state-controlled China Meheco Group Co Ltd. The manufacturer could not immediately be reached for comment on Thursday. Chinese offices are largely shut for the week-long Lunar New Year holiday. The investigation began after a baby… [Read full story]
By Dat Nguyen  February 2, 2019 | 08:00 pm GMT+7 Vietjet will launch a route from Phu Quoc Island to Hong Kong in April 2019. Photo by Shutterstock/Chittapon Kaewkiriya Budget airline Vietjet said Saturday it will launch direct flights between Phu Quoc Island and Hong Kong in April. The new route will operate four flights per week starting from April 19, Vietjet said. Each flight will take 2 hours and 45 minutes per leg. Dubbed “the Pearl Island”, Phu Quoc, located in the southern province of Kien Giang, has attracted strong investments in hotels and resorts in recent years. Vietjet said it wants to create traveling opportunities for locals and tourists, thereby contributing to trade growth between the two destinations. The largest private airline in Vietnam currently operates 40 domestic routes and 66 international routes. Vietnamese airlines have been launching new international flights in recent years, with the domestic market showing signs of saturation. The country’s aviation industry has seen increasing demand each year. It welcomed 12.5 million air passengers last year, up 14.4 percent from 2017, according to the General Statistics Office. Vietnam’s aviation traffic increased 16 percent on average each year from 2010 to 2017, data from the civil aviation regulator shows.
At a reception in HCM City on January 31 for newly-accredited Chinese Ambassador to Vietnam Xiong Bo, Nhan briefed his guest on HCM City’s development orientations in the time ahead while showing the city’s desire to learn experience from developed cities across the, including those in China, in terms of residential management, transport system organization, water management, housing development, and startup and innovation encouragement. Nhan said he hope that Xiong will help step up economic cooperation in a practical and effective fashion between Vietnam and China as a contribution to strengthening people-to-people exchanges between the two sides. For his part, the Chinese Ambassador extolled the sound development of the friendship and cooperation between the two countries, saying that China and HCM City boast huge potential for stronger cooperation in developing technologies and a high-quality economy. With its dynamic development, HCM City has ample opportunities to become a leading locality in the adoption of high and smart technologies in production, Xiong said, adding that the Chinese Embassy and Consulate General in HCM City pledge to strictly supervise and encourage Chinese enterprises to abide by regulations on environmental protection in Vietnam.
Politburo member and Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan (R) and Chinese Ambassador to Vietnam Xiong Bo (Source: VNA) HMC City (VNA) – Politburo member and Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan on January 31 hosted a reception for newly-appointed Chinese Ambassador to Vietnam Xiong Bo. Nhan congratulated China on great achievements the country has obtained after 40 years of reform, especially in economic development and improvement of people’s living conditions. He briefed the guest about HCM City’s development orientations in the coming time, stressing that the city wishes to learn from experiences of developed cities over the world, including those in China, in terms of residential management, transport system organization, water management, housing development, and startup and innovation encouragement. Nhan hoped that Xiong will promote economic cooperation in a practical and effective manner between Vietnam and China, and contribute to enhancing people-to-people exchanges between the two sides. For his part, Xiong highlighted the strong development of the friendship and cooperation between the two countries, saying that the bilateral relationship is increasingly consolidated. The Chinese diplomat stressed that China and HCM City hold great potential to boost cooperation in developing technologies and a high-quality economy, adding that with its dynamic development, HCM City has various opportunities to become a leading locality in applying high and smart technologies in production. He said the Chinese Embassy and Consulate General in HCM City pledge to strictly supervise and remind Chinese enterprises… [Read full story]
An art performance at the opening ceremony (Photo: VNA) Lang Son (VNA) – The second Lang Son peach blossom festival kicked off in the northern province of Lang Son on January 26 with the participation of more than 200 artists. Director of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Phuc Ha said the festival displays over 420 peach trees in full bloom. A wide range of activities such as art performances staged by local and foreign art troupes from Japan, the Republic of Korea, and China will be held as past of the event. The festival will also feature a photo exhibition, traditional Then singing, and lion dances. According to the organising board, a new highlight of this year’s event is the display of peach trees from the three aforesaid countries at the Chi Lang Park, Lang Son city. A tour to visit peach gardens in the province will be made available for visitors. The festival will run until February 16.-VNA
Wang Zhishen was thrilled when Danish shipper A.P. Moller-Maersk (MAERSKb.CO) gave him two months’ paid leave, relishing the chance to spend time with his wife and daughters in China’s remote northwestern Gansu province. But his euphoria over what he thought was an unexpected bonus quickly turned to despair when Maersk fired Wang on January 3, less than a month after he packed his bags in the southern Chinese manufacturing center of Dongguan. Wang said he was one of 2,000 workers laid off at the company’s Dongguan transport container factory which has been idle since early December, as the impact of a trade war between Washington and Beijing ripples through industries from logistics to autos and technology. “I was sure it was a holiday,” said Wang, 35, who said he worked as a painter at Maersk for nearly six years until he was sacked two weeks ago via China’s WeChat messaging service. Maersk, the world’s biggest container shipper, confirmed in an email to Reuters it had laid off 2,000 workers through “one-on-one” phone calls and WeChat messages. In November, the company warned the trade war between China and the United States would hit demand for container shipping as the volume of goods shipped slides. Two subsidiaries of China’s COSCO Shipping, in a direct response to the trade war, have reduced the number of vessels in Guangdong, causing a plunge in regional shipping freight turnover, according to Guangdong’s statistics bureau. “I heard most container factories started letting people go on leave early… [Read full story]
Oxford University has decided to forgo further funding from Chinese tech giant Huawei as scrutiny grows in Europe over the telecom company’s relationship with the Beijing government. Oxford University says it will “not pursue new funding opportunities” with Chinese telecoms group Huawei AFP/WANG ZHAO Huawei has been under fire in recent months with the arrests of a top executive in Canada and an employee in Poland, along with a worldwide campaign by Washington to blacklist its equipment. And in the latest blow for Huawei, Oxford University said it had decided it would “not pursue new funding opportunities” for both research contracts or philanthropic donations from Huawei and related group companies – though existing projects would continue. “We currently have two such ongoing projects, with a combined funding from Huawei of £692,000 (US$898,000),” a university spokesman said Thursday, adding that Huawei had been informed of the decision to turn away future funding. Oxford said it had made the decision in “light of public concerns raised in recent months surrounding UK partnerships with Huawei.” But a Huawei spokesman said the company had not been informed and would “await the University’s full explanation”. “We have operated in the UK since 2001, employ 1,500 people here and have long standing research collaborations with 20 other UK universities working to develop the technologies of the future,” he said. Huawei faces unprecedented challenges to its business amid a global campaign by Washington to push nations to reconsider using the telecom giant’s equipment in their cellular networks… [Read full story]