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Vietnamese firms showcase goods in Cambodian exhibition
The event, held from December 15-18 by the Cambodian Ministry of Commerce, aimed to boost import–export activities and introduce local consumers to products and services of regional countries, particularly in the context of the ASEAN Economic Community, which was formed on December 31, 2015.
Besides Vietnam, businesses from China, Thailand, the Republic of Korea, Japan and Indonesia also brought to the fair numerous products, ranging from agricultural machines to handicraft products.
At the national pavilion, the Vietnam Ministry of Industry and Trade displayed documents and publications on Vietnamese business and investment environment. Meanwhile, the firms showcased their key products such as machinery and equipment, electronic goods, food and beverages as well as handicrafts.
Sharing the borderline as well as similarities in culture and society, Vietnam and Cambodia are aiming for US$ 5 billion in bilateral trade in the near future.
In the first quarter of the year, two-way trade hit US$ 944.6 million, posting a year-on-year increase of 4.3 percent.
Australians visit suspects detained in China gambling probe
BEIJING (AP) — Australia says its diplomats have visited two citizens detained in Shanghai in a Chinese police probe into Australia's largest casino operator, Crown Resorts Ltd.Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said in a statement Tuesday that consular officials visited two Australian Crown Resorts employees who have been detained and have asked to visit a third. Bishop did not provide details about the employees' conditions or the Chinese investigation.China says the three Australians and 15… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
New Zealand leader has 'sensible, polite' talk with Trump
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's Prime Minister Bill English says he told President Donald Trump during a phone call that he disagreed with his travel and refugee ban but that the conversation remained amicable.Last week Trump had a testy exchange with Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull over a deal Australia reached with the Obama administration to resettle refugees in the U.S.By contrast, English on Tuesday told Radio New Zealand that his 15-minute call with Trump on… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
UK Jews seek restoration of German citizenship post-Brexit
LONDON (AP) — Thomas Harding is doing what other descendants of Holocaust victims would find unimaginable: applying for a German passport.When Britain voted to leave the European Union in June, the 48-year-old author had to make a decision that was never necessary in a borderless Europe — should he request the restoration of German citizenship stripped from his family by the Third Reich? He needed only a few hours to make up his mind."This is more than the practical. This is also about… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
European leaders breathe sigh of relief over Dutch election results
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte won reelection by a wide margin on Wednesday, defeating anti-Islam and Euroskeptic candidate Geert Wilders in a vote that was seen across Europe as a crucial test of democratic liberalism.With turnout at 78 percent, the highest in a decade, Mr. Rutte’s center-right VVD Party captured 33 of the 150 parliamentary seats – down from 41 in 2012 – while Mr. Wilders’ Freedom Party (PVV) took 20 seats and centrist Christian Democrats and D66 parties won 19 each, giving… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Your Giving Brain: Are Humans 'Hardwired' for Generosity?
As the year winds to a close, gifts and giving are foremost in many people's minds. And now, two new neuroscience studies suggest that our brains prompt us to act more like Santa than Scrooge.In one study, researchers scanned participants' brains to identify connections between generous behavior and brain activity. In the other, scientists dampened activity in areas of the brain associated with impulse control, to see if that would alter a person's empathetic actions.The findings from both… chat_bubble_outline Read More...