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Japan and Vietnam can now share defence technology says deal
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Japan and Vietnam can now share defence technology says deal

TOKYO: Japan and Vietnam has signed a defence transfer deal  under which they can now share the defence equipment and technology. Japan's Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said the deal elevates their defense partnership "to a new level" and that Japan and Vietnam plan to deepen defense ties through multinational joint exercises and other means. Details about the transfer of specific equipment, including naval vessels, will be worked out in subsequent talks, the ministry said. Kishi´s meeting with his Vietnamese counterpart, Phan Van Giang, in Hanoi coincided with a two-day visit to the Vietnamese capital by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. He wrapped up his visit by saying China plans to donate 3 million doses of its coronavirus vaccine to Vietnam. The agreement comes two weeks
Broadcasters urged to cancel plans to cover Beijing Olympics
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Broadcasters urged to cancel plans to cover Beijing Olympics

TOKYO (AP) — Some of the world’s largest broadcasters including American network NBC are being asked by human rights groups to cancel plans to cover next year’s Winter Olympics in Beijing. The Winter Games are scheduled to open on Feb. 4. The request comes in an open letter from rights groups representing minorities in China, including Uyghurs, Tibetans, Hong Kong residents and others. The letter, obtained by the Associated Press, was sent Tuesday to NBC Universal chief executive officer Jeff Shell and other international broadcast executives. NBC is paying $7.75 billion for the rights to the next six Olympics and works closely as a partner with the Switzerland-based International Olympic Committee. Those payments are estimated to account for up to 40% of the IOC’s total income. The let
The Saturday Debate: Does Canada need to buy new fighter jets?
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The Saturday Debate: Does Canada need to buy new fighter jets?

Ottawa’s close ties to Washington often leads some to assume Canada does not need to spend on defence, instead relying on the U.S. to defend Canada’s territory. So do we need to buy new fighter jets? Richard Shimooka and Bianca Mugyenyi discuss in this week’s debate. Richard Shimooka Macdonald-Laurier Institute YES The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that government preparation is essential to successfully navigate unexpected crises. Yet, despite the experience of the 2003 SARS outbreak, successive governments failed have to maintain key capabilities and knowledge, leading to a lacklustre response in the early days of the pandemic. An obvious parallel exists with the recent debate over the need for a fighter aircraft in Canada. A standing military is tasked with safeguarding the country’s d
ILM to open Indonesian stores in Q4
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ILM to open Indonesian stores in Q4

ILM to open Indonesian stores in Q4 Index Living Mall will open its first store at SOGO Plaza Senayan in Indonesia next month. Index Living Mall Plc (ILM), the country's leading seller of furniture, home furnishings and decorative items, looks set to re-enter the Indonesian furniture market in the fourth quarter of this year. Kridchanok Patamasatayasonthi, the company's managing director, said the company has partnered with giant PT Mitra Adiperkasa (MAP Group) to open two furniture & home solutions retail stores at Sogo Department Stores in Jakarta in the fourth quarter of this year. The first branch will open next month at Sogo Senayan Plaza with a floor space of 1,524 square metres, and the second branch will open in November at Sogo Kota Kasablanka with a floor space of 1,365 squar...
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...
Geelani, Kashmir’s staunchest anti-India leader, dies at 91
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Geelani, Kashmir’s staunchest anti-India leader, dies at 91

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Syed Ali Geelani, an icon of disputed Kashmir’s resistance against Indian rule and a top separatist leader who became the emblem of the region’s defiance against New Delhi, died late Wednesday. He was 91. Geelani died surrounded by family members at his home in Srinagar, the region’s main city, an aide and his relative told The Associated Press. Shortly after the news broke, scores of Kashmiris converged at his home in the Hyderpora neighborhood of Srinagar to mourn the death of Geelani, who lived the final decade of his life mostly under house arrest and suffered from various ailments. Authorities announced a communication blockade and the restriction of public movement, a common tactic employed by Indian officials in anticipation of anti-India protests. They swi
South Nation Fish Camp return celebrated
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South Nation Fish Camp return celebrated

Almost 100 youths baited a hook and learned about the environment in the local watershed at South Nation Conservation (SNC) Youth Fish Camps this summer. After being on a hiatus last summer due to COVID-19, this year’s Fish Camp quickly sold out after making a return for its 12th season in 2021. The two-day camps ran for six weeks throughout the summer, three weeks in July, and three weeks in August for youth aged six to 12. The young anglers at the camp reeled in some of the 72 fish species that live in the South Nation River waters. They cast a line at Cass Bridge Conservation Area in Winchester, Jessup’s Falls Conservation Area in Plantagenet, as well as reeling in some fish at High Falls Conservation Area in Casselman. “These popular camps deliver an invaluable outdoor learning expe
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...
Duterte daughter says has ‘running mate’ offers for poll
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Duterte daughter says has ‘running mate’ offers for poll

Duterte daughter says has 'running mate' offers for poll Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte arrives with daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio to attend the enthronement ceremony of Japan's Emperor Naruhito in Tokyo on Oct 22, 2019. (Carl Court/Pool via Reuters) MANILA: Philippines leader Rodrigo Duterte's daughter has named several politicians, including her father's closest aide and preferred successor, whom she said have offered to run with her in next year's presidential election. Sara Duterte-Carpio, mayor of Davao City, is leading opinion polls but has yet to disclose her political plans ahead of the October deadline to file for candidacy. Mrs Duterte-Carpio, 43, said on Facebook that lawmakers Sherwin Gatchalian and Christopher "Bong" Go had "personally expressed their offer to run as...