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Japan expresses concerns over China’s action in East Sea

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Japan is deeply concerned about China’s repeated incursion into the East Sea and Japanese-administered Senkaku islands in the East China Sea, 

Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi told his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi during a telephone call on April 5.

Motegi also voiced his concern over China’s new law that empowers coast guard vessels to fire on foreign flagged ships within maritime jurisdiction determined by China.

Earlier, at the annual meeting under the Maritime and Aerial Communication Mechanism between the two defence authorities in late March, a representative from Japan Defence Ministry raised his grave concern over the Chinese law as well as China increasing activities that escalate tensions in the waters.

Japan expresses concerns over China’s action in East Sea
A Vietnamese soldier guarding on Sinh Ton Dong Island. Photo: VNA

Many countries in the world have showed serious concerns over China’s recent deployment of over 200 ships around Sinh Ton Island cluster in Vietnam’s Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago and requested the country to immediately bring these vessels out of the area and end all provocations.

The Vietnamese Foreign Ministry’s Spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said that the operation of the Chinese ships within the territorial waters of Sinh Ton Dong Island in Truong Sa archipelago has violated Vietnam’s sovereignty and the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)’s regulations on the operation of foreign vessels in the territorial waters of coastal nations, run counter to the spirit and content of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), and complicated the situation which is unfavourable for the process of negotiations between ASEAN and China on a Code of Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (COC). 

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Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/maritime-sovereignty/japan-expresses-concerns-over-china-s-action-in-east-sea-725717.html

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Old French-style villas in capital to be examined for preservation

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An old French-style villa built before 1954 on Châu Long Street. Photo Thúy Hằng

HÀ NỘI — More than 1,200 French-style villas in Hà Nội constructed before 1954 will be examined to evaluate their states, values and need for preservation by the Hà Nội People’s Committee.

The Hà Nội City People’s Council has requested the municipal People’s Committee to direct the review and report on the status of the old villas and architectural works that were built before 1954 in the city.

The report must specify the number, addresses, current status, ownership and classification of the buildings, in addition to proposals of the management solutions in the future and the lists of old villas and architectural works in need of being maintained, renovated, embellished and preserved in 2021-2025.

The municipal People’s Committee issued a list of 1,253 villas subject to management and use according to the regulations on management and use of old villas built before 1954 in Hà Nội at the end of 2013.

In this list, there were 352 state-owned villas, 100 owned by organisations, 301 privately-owned villas and 500 villas of mixed ownership.

The old villas are mainly concentrated in five districts including Ba Đình (428 villas), Hoàn Kiếm (527 villas), Hai Bà Trưng (270 villas), Tây Hồ (14 villas) and Đống Đa (14 villas).

Officials plan to update and reissue the list of villas and architectural works built before 1954 for more effective management and use.

In addition, the city also needs to review the management and maintenance of parks and flower gardens in the city to propose solutions for investment and post-investment management.

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/life-style/925992/old-french-style-villas-in-capital-to-be-examined-for-preservation.html

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Hanoi gets to meet Thich Nhat Hanh’s calligraphy

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Several works of calligraphy by Vietnamese Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh are now on display at the Vietnam University of Fine Arts on Hanoi’s Yet Kieu Street.

The “Huong Thom Que Me” (The Fragrance of Motherland) exhibition, held April 14- 26, displays 100 works of calligraphy in various languages including Vietnamese, English, French and Chinese.

The works reflect the Zen master’s love for Mother Earth, who nurtures and protects all sentient beings.

The exhibition takes its name from the title of a new book that features Thich Nhat Hanh calligraphy.

According to Eve Yuen, a Hongkong-based art critic, Hanh’s works are choreographic calligraphy that exude exquisite qualities, incorporating straight and solid lines as well as flowing curves in a balanced composition.

The works were earlier displayed in France, Germany, Canada, the U.S., Thailand, Taiwan, Hongkong, and Ho Chi Minh City.

Calligraphy works by Thich Nhat Hanh. Photo by VnExpress/Thanh Tuyen.

Calligraphy works by Thich Nhat Hanh. Photo by VnExpress/Thanh Tuyen.

The Zen master said he has done more than 10,000 calligraphic works since 1994. They have helped him demonstrate the art of mindful living to his students. They have become a source of donations supporting humanitarian projects in many developing countries.

“Writing calligraphy is a practice of meditation,” the Master has said.

“The way I do calligraphy, I do it in a certain way that can generate the energy of mindfulness, concentration, insight, and compassion during the time of practice.”

Thich Nhat Hanh, considered the second most influential Buddhist leader in the world after the Dalai Lama, studied and practiced Zen Buddhism from 1942.

Born in 1926, he became a monk at the age of 23 after studying Buddhism for seven years.

In the 1960s he spearheaded a movement by Buddhists in southern Vietnam that called for a negotiated end to the Vietnam War.

He left the country in 1966 and lived in Plum Village in southern France for decades, traveling regularly throughout North America and Europe to give lectures on mindfulness and peace.

Thich Nhat Hanh is also a celebrated poet and peace activist. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize by Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1967, and is the author of more than 100 books, including several bestsellers like the “The Miracle of Mindfulness.”

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/life/culture/hanoi-gets-to-meet-thich-nhat-hanh-s-calligraphy-4262919.html

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Kilometer-long queue for rap TV show casting call

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Thousands of mostly young people queued up for hours in Saigon to audition for Rap Viet, a reality show that seeks to unearth talented rappers.

Season 2 of Rap Viet kicked off in Ho Chi Minh City on April 13, attracting thousands of wannabe rappers.

Season 2 of Rap Viet kicked off in Ho Chi Minh City on April 13, attracting thousands of wannabe rappers.

Youngsters lined up on bustling Do Quang Dau Street in Saigon’s scorching sun.

By 8 a.m. Wednesday, hundreds of people were queuing for their registration numbers. District 1’s Do Quang Dau Street was filled with people waiting up to two hours to show off their talents in front of judges. Some sat in nearby coffee shops or on street corners practicing their rap skills to kill time.
“I’m worried after seeing the huge number of contestants, but told myself to finish my performance, focus on meaningful songs,” said Dinh Thi Thanh Truc, 20.

Many of them waited for hours.

Contestants, over 20 years old, hail from HCMC and nearby provinces like Dong Nai, Binh Duong, as well as central localities like Da Nang and Hue. Many try impressing others with their hip-hop garb and colorful hair. According to the rules, each must perform two original songs.
Nguyen Dang Hieu, 29, said he was anxious about attending a rap competition for the first time. The white collar worker from Da Nang discovered his love for rap in 2017, and chose to sing about the loneliness of women and yes persons in modern society.

In the first season 36 contestants had been chosen from thousands, and the show went on to become a humongous hit on national television. On November 14, 2020, its finale attracted more than 1.2 million viewers, a record number for an entertainment show. Rap Viet’s Youtube channel has more than two million subscribers, and many videos get millions of views.

Many new underground artists like Soc Nau and Pjpo have also joined the open call.
In the first season 36 contestants had been chosen from thousands, and the show went on to become a humongous hit on national television. On November 14, 2020, its finale attracted more than 1.2 million viewers, a record number for an entertainment show. Rap Viet’s Youtube channel has more than two million subscribers, and many videos get millions of views.

Many underground rappers also joined the open call, hoping to earn more fame after the popular rap show.Rap, slow to become popular in Vietnam due to its often dark and violent content, has won over young music lovers and found its ways into the mainstream.In the last few years dozens of rap artists, mostly underground, have appeared and achieved success with their music videos getting millions of views and shows attracting tens of thousands of fans.King Of Rap, another reality show on national television, also got millions of viewers when it debuted in 2020.

According to organizers, 2,000 people have attended the open call in the last two days. They will look for contestants in Hanoi on April 20-21, 2021. Rap, slow to become popular in Vietnam due to its often dark and violent content, has won over young music lovers and found its ways into the mainstream. In the last few years dozens of rap artists, mostly underground, have appeared and achieved success with their music videos getting millions of views and shows attracting tens of thousands of fans.
King Of Rap, another reality show on national television, also got millions of viewers when it debuted in 2020.

Photo courtesy of Rap Viet.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/life/culture/kilometer-long-queue-for-rap-tv-show-casting-call-4262792.html

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