Vietnamese Bloggers Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

The 10-year sentence imposed by Vietnam on a blogger questioning the government's response to a toxic chemical incident and some other government action shows an increasing government impatience for online condemnation of corruption and inefficiency.

The Vietnamese Supreme Court on Thursday (30 / 11) supports punishment for blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, who writes under the name "Mother of the Fungus." Quynh has written 18 Facebook posts that are propaganda against the state, the court said in a one-day judicial in June.

it is intended as intimidation against other bloggers, "said Trung Nguyen, dean of international relations at Ho Chi Minh University.

" I think the government wants to scare other bloggers. If they continue to write blogs that criticize the government, they have to bear the very tough consequences, "he added.

The fewest arrest arrests since 2016 show the government's sensitivity to people's perceptions of corruption and government inefficiency, experts say. 19659002] However, some people say Internet criticism may one day encourage officials to run a cleaner government. [gp]

US, South Korea starts joint exercise with Air Force

While the United States and South Korea air forces on Monday unveiled their largest joint exercise, questions began to arise whether North Korea's missile experiment had gone beyond what was considered a "red line" – that is, having an inter-ballistic missile -the nuclear-armed nuclear-and what can be done to overcome it.

The five-day annual military drill called "Vigilant ACE" that this year involves more than 230 combat aircraft and 12,000 American troops joining the South Korean army .

Although such massive joint exercises were routine, and were scheduled much earlier, the practice began less than a week after Pyongyang successfully launched the most sophisticated intercontinental ballistic missile or ICBM and declared itself a nuclear-powered state, the so-called status America is unacceptable.

South Korean air force says the drill will me (19659002) North Korea's Hwasong-15 missile experiment last week showed ICBM Kim Jong-Un's program is more advanced than many people believed before and has been able to reach the mainland of the United States.

Pyongyang has claimed the missile is ready to carry nuclear-which is a matter of debate among the experts, most of whom argue it will take months or even years to complete. But South Korea is unsure of the claim. [gp]

Pakistan, Nepal, Myanmar Cancel 3 Chinese Investment Projects

Within just a few weeks, Pakistan, Nepal and Myanmar have confirmed the cancellation of three hydroelectric projects planned by Chinese companies. The cancellations of the three projects, valued at nearly $ 20 billion, were a major blow to China's trade-related ambitious project, Belt and Road Initiative abbreviated to BRI.

Pakistan cited the heavy loan terms of China that caused cancellation of the $ 14 billion 'Diamer-Bhasha' dam project.

Nepal's deputy prime minister recently announced the decision to cancel a $ 2.5 billion contract for a hydroelectric project, and accused Chinese companies of financial violations.

Meanwhile, Myanmar, which halted a $ 3.6 billion dam project that China helped three years ago, reinforced last month that Myanmar is no longer interested in the hydroelectric project.

The decision of China's neighbors could be a serious blow to the image BRI, which includes plans to build infrastructure around the world, including in developed countries like America Unions and countries in Europe

Despite the local political and economic reasons behind the decisions of the three countries, there is an increasing awareness among the poorer countries that the idea of ​​China building a massive infrastructure project is put forward by prices are very high, analysts said. [gp]

US Defense Secretary visits Pakistan

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis travels to Pakistan, where he says he is not planning to encourage the government but predicts that Pakistan will keep its promise to fight terrorism.

Speaking in a military plane before his first visit to Islamabad as defense minister , Mattis said he expected he would not be at loggerheads in his meeting with Pakistani prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa.

"It's not my way of solving problems," Mattis said. "[I am sure that we can work hard to find similarities in attitude and work together.]

Last October, Mattis warned the United States to cooperate" once again "with Pakistan before taking whatever steps it would take to overcome Pakistan's alleged support for militants.

But on Sunday, Mattis said he was focused on finding "equality of attitude again – by listening to each other without conflict."

The United States over the past 10 years has accused Pakistan of harboring or linking terrorists such as the Haqqani Network and the Afghan Taliban , which attacked NATO coalition forces in neighboring Afghanistan.

Islamabad denies the allegations, saying Washington is blaming Pakistan for its own failure in Afghanistan, where the United States remains deadlocked after a 16-year war. [gp]