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Harris says she urged Vietnam to free political dissidents
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Harris says she urged Vietnam to free political dissidents

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris said Thursday she raised issues of human rights abuses and restrictions on political activism in her conversations with Vietnamese leaders this week, but offered no indication those talks bore fruit. “We’re not going to shy away from difficult conversations. Difficult conversations often must be had with the people that you otherwise may have a partnership with,” she said at a news conference in Hanoi on Thursday. Harris said she spoke with Vietnamese leaders in particular about the release of political dissidents, but did not describe the outcome of those conversations. Vietnam has faced criticism for restrictions on freedom of expression and on the press and a crackdown on people it deems political dissidents. But Harris didn’t re
Why a Hong Kong artist chose self-exile in Taiwan
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Why a Hong Kong artist chose self-exile in Taiwan

Why a Hong Kong artist chose self-exile in Taiwan As China's crackdown on dissent gathered pace in Hong Kong, dissident artist Kacey Wong decided he had to leave. TAICHUNG, Taiwan: As he queued to board a flight out of Hong Kong to Taiwan last month, dissident artist Kacey Wong was painfully aware of the extra immigration officials brought in to scrutinise each departing passenger. Wong, 51, was one of the city's best-known provocateurs, an artist who specialised in satirising and criticising those in power. But as China's crackdown on dissent gathered pace in Hong Kong, he decided he had to leave. But would authorities let him go? Multiple dissidents have been arrested at the airport and Wong wondered if he too was on a watchlist, especially when a group of extra immigration officia...
Chicken Blood Therapy: A Panacea for Children in China
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Chicken Blood Therapy: A Panacea for Children in China

In recent years, the term “chicken baby” has become popular in China. Crazy parents, who obsessively want their children to become a super kid and ‘succeed’ in every field, push their kids to get ‘chicken blood injection’ as it enhances hyperactivity among them. The demand of ‘chicken blood treatment,’ is on rise in China which used to be a fad during the Cultural Revolution in 1960s. People would wait in line, bring their roosters, to receive fresh chicken blood, which they considered to be the ‘cure-all’ for many health problems, like baldness, infertility, cancer, etc. Media reports suggest that as a result of this, while some hire exclusive tutors and best sports coaches, others go to the extent of buying houses next to the best public schools in the city these days. Of the man
MP questions B2bn ‘change’ from Sinovac deals
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MP questions B2bn ‘change’ from Sinovac deals

Budgets approved at $14 a shot when going prices drop to $9, says Korat MP A medical worker shows the Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine at the Bang Sue Grand Station in Bangkok on May 26 this year. (Photo by Nutthawat Wicheanbut) A Pheu Thai MP has questioned a 2-billion-baht difference between the approved budgets and the paid prices for five batches of the Sinovac vaccine Thailand bought during the no-confidence debate. Prasert Chantararuangthong, a Pheu Thai MP for Nakhon Ratchasima, talked about the mismanagement of the Covid-19 situation during the debate on its first day on Tuesday. The MP showed documents listing import plans, prices per dose and the budgets approved by the cabinet from February to August this year. He claimed he got the papers from an official at the Public Health Minis...
‘Rose of North’ set to bloom
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‘Rose of North’ set to bloom

Jab rates way behind target as Oct 1 launch for latest sandbox nears HAPPIER times: In this pre-Covid-19 file photo, visitors admire the traditional lanterns which adorned Tha Pae Road during the Yi Peng or Loy Krathong festival in Chiang Mai. From Phuket to Koh Samui, the country is nervously navigating its way through a reopening of the tourism industry. Chiang Mai could be next to roll out its carpet to welcome back visitors near and far. However, obstacles stand in the way of tourism resuming, for Chiang Mai faces various challenges, from under-vaccination to tourist segmentation. Covid-19 has brought the province, long dubbed the "rose of the North", to an economically painful standstill for more than a year. Chiang Mai's world of tourism, which injects more than 100 billion baht...
The Latest: Elders leader tells UN council to protect rights
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The Latest: Elders leader tells UN council to protect rights

UNITED NATIONS — Former Irish president Mary Robinson, who heads the group of prominent former leaders founded by Nelson Mandela, called on China and Russia especially to tell the Taliban that participation of women in Afghan society and the education of girls are “non-negotiable and must be respected.” Robinson recalled visiting Afghanistan in March 2002 as U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights and being with the then minister of women’s affairs and other Afghan women who had been active before the Taliban ruled from 1996-2001 when they drafted a charter of women’s rights. Now chair of The Elders, Robinson told the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday this was “an important reminder that women’s rights are not Western rights — they are fundamental human rights that these Afghan women had
US: pro-China media spreading misinformation about covid spread in world
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US: pro-China media spreading misinformation about covid spread in world

SAN FRANCISCO: A campaign spreading misinformation about the origin of covid-19 is being circulated in many platforms of different language. Defending the Chinese Government and blaming the US government for the transmission if coronavirus. Experts at security company FireEye and Alphabet´s Google said the operation was identified in 2019 as running hundreds of accounts in English and Chinese aimed at discrediting the Hong Kong democracy movement. The effort has broadened its mission and spread from Twitter, Facebook and Google to thousands of handles on dozens of sites around the world. This expansion suggests Chinese interests have made a deeper commitment to the sort of international propaganda techniques Russia has used for several years, experts said. Some of the new account
Fixing the US-China tech split
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Fixing the US-China tech split

Fixing the US-China tech split Heightened US-China tensions have raised the prospect of a deep global technology divide, potentially forcing other countries to choose which camp to join. There are plenty of grim scenarios involving irreconcilable splits between core technologies that power a wide range of products and services, from aircraft and automobiles to precision engineering for robotics and payment systems for e-commerce. Should these scenarios materialise, the world's two largest economies will pour huge amounts of resources into a zero-sum race to control technology's cutting edge. Both the United States and China understand the central role of technology in driving their economies and global development. They also know that mastering it, as well as safeguarding relevant intell...
Virus cases pass 1 million
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Virus cases pass 1 million

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha talks to a Covid patient via a telehealth system during his visit to 'Sanam Saeng Haeng Jai' field hospital in Samut Prakan province on Friday. The facility has 450 beds and uses robots to get food and medicines to patients. (Government House photo) There are several lessons the country must learn from the mishandling of the Covid-19 crisis after Thailand reached the grim milestone of more than one million accumulated cases on Friday, according to the president of the Rural Doctors Society. The first domestic case on Jan 12 last year was a 61-year Chinese woman from Wuhan where Covid-19 had first been detected the previous month. Then, the first Thai to test positive was on Jan 31 after a 50-year-old taxi driver drove an infected arrival from Wuhan to ho...
Nearly 65,000 Hong Kongers apply for UK visa scheme
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Nearly 65,000 Hong Kongers apply for UK visa scheme

Nearly 65,000 Hong Kongers apply for UK visa scheme Passengers wearing protective masks walk through MRT Central Station in Hong Kong on Aug 17, 2021. (Reuters photo) HONG KONG: Around 64,900 Hong Kongers applied for a new pathway to British citizenship in the first five months of the scheme, with 47,300 approved, continuing a wave of emigration after the introduction of the national security law. Some 71% of those applications for the British National (Overseas) visa scheme were filed from outside Britain, while the rest were made inside the country, according to official figures released on Thursday. Of the applications approved so far, 35,000 - or 74% - were filed overseas. There were 27,900 main applicants, with 19,400 dependants. However, the number of applicants for the scheme f...