Vietnam

The Philippines expressed “deep concern” Wednesday over a Chinese coast guard ship’s alleged sinking of a Vietnamese fishing boat in the disputed South China Sea last week, as Manila joined Hanoi and Washington in criticizing Beijing over the incident. The Philippine foreign office issued what it called a “statement of solidarity” with Hanoi. The statement
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Myanmar has stopped issuing rice export licenses following the declaration of the coronavirus as a pandemic, but will honor existing licenses, the head of an industry group said Wednesday, as local merchants warned that hoarding could threaten domestic supply. Soe Tun, executive member of the Myanmar Rice Federation, told RFA’s Myanmar Service that the government
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Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar took more preventative measures in response to the COVID-19 crisis Monday as each of the four Southeast Asian countries reported small increases in confirmed cases that threatened to tax overstretched health care systems. Though the total confirmed cases remains far below that of China and many Western countries, including the
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As coronavirus cases edged up in Southeast Asia Wednesday, Laos closed primary schools nationwide, Cambodia attempted to silence its critics, and Vietnam suspended flights from France and Malaysia. Vietnam and Cambodia both saw their totals increase slightly, while Laos, which has still not reported a single case, announced that schools would be closed closed until
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Armed police in south-central Vietnam’s coastal Quang Ngai province attacked a crowd of people blocking garbage trucks from entering a long-disputed waste-processing plant over the weekend, arresting some 20 participants, a local source said Monday. Citizen video emerged on Facebook over the weekend that claimed to show hundreds of officers armed with shields, batons, and
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Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen suspects that he may have contracted COVID-19 according to statements he made at an event Monday, when he ordered officials to discuss ways to soften the economic effects of the disease on workers. The announcement came just two days after Cambodia reported the first confirmed case in a Cambodian national,
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