Although daily cases are near all-time highs, some cities are taking steps to loosen COVID testing requirements and quarantine rules as China looks to make its zero-COVID policy more targeted amid a sharp economic slowdown and public frustration that has boiled over into unrest. The southern city of Shenzhen announced it would no longer require people to show a negative COVID test result to use public transport or enter parks, following similar moves by Chengdu and Tianjin. Many testing booths in Beijing have been shut, as the capit al stops demanding negative test results as a condition to enter places such as supermarkets and prepares to do so for subways from Monday. Many other venues, including offices, still require testing. A video showing workers in Beijing removing a testing booth by crane onto a truck went viral on Chinese social media on Friday. "This should have been taken away earlier!," said one commentator. "Banished to history," said another. Reuters could not … [Read more...] about Beijing, Shenzhen loosen more COVID curbs as China fine-tunes policy
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The Netherlands' full backs proved the difference as veteran Daley Blind and hard-running Denzel Dumfries turned in decisive performances to help secure a 3-1 win over the United States in Saturday's opening match of the World Cup knockout stages. Dumfries netted and had two assists while Blind scored too as the Dutch saw off a brief spell of U.S. resistance to book a quarter-final with Argentina or Australia, who play later. Striker Memphis Depay got the first goal as the Netherlands advanced to a seventh World Cup quarter-final. A comfortable 2-0 halftime lead was halved in the 76th minute as the Americans finally made a breakthrough, even if scorer Haji Wright seemed to know little about the ball hitting his heel and then looping into the corner of the net. However, any hopes they had of staging a comeback were ended five minutes later as Dumfries sealed his man-of-the-match performance by ghosting in at the back post and side-footing a volley into the net to restore the … [Read more...] about Netherlands move to World Cup knockout stages with 3-1 win over U.S.
The cooperation in international issues has made the two countries leading trade partners in ASEAN and shared common goals in the Greater Mekong Subregion. Thailand and Vietnam should look toward taking on a more proactive role in shaping the new and emerging international system. Thai Ambassador to Vietnam Nikorndej Balankura delivers a speech at the ceremony held in Hanoi on Dec 2. Photos: Minh Vu It’s an idea shared by Thai Ambassador to Vietnam Nikorndej Balankura in celebration of the National Day of the Kingdom of Thailand held in Hanoi on December 2. The view reflects the two countries’ aspirations for further cooperation as they enter into the 10th year of their Strategic Partnership in 2023. “Through coalition-building and agenda-setting, Thailand and Vietnam can increase our countries’ leverage and strategic position, as well as that of sub-regional and regional groupings like ACMECS, ASEAN, and APEC,” Ambassador Balankura said. … [Read more...] about Thailand, Vietnam urged to be more proactive in new int’l challenges
President Nguyen Xuan Phuc will be the first foreign senior leader to pay a state visit to the RoK since President Yoon took office, showing the RoK’s appreciation of its ties with Vietnam when the Vietnamese President will be welcomed with the highest rites. Vietnam and the RoK established their diplomatic relations on December 22, 1992 but they had engaged in cooperative activities earlier. In August 2001, the two nations issued a joint statement on the comprehensive partnership in the 21st century on the occasion of Vietnamese President Tran Duc Luong's visit to the RoK. In October 2009, the bilateral ties were upgraded to a strategic cooperative partnership during the Vietnam visit by President Lee Myung-bak. On political, national defense - security cooperation, the exchange of delegations and bilateral meetings have been maintained in both online and in-person formats. As of September 2022, the RoK remained the biggest foreign investor in Vietnam with 80.52 billion USD, … [Read more...] about President’s state visit expected to further promote Vietnam – RoK relations
President Nguyen Xuan Phuc The visit from December 4-6 is made at the invitation of RoK President Yoon Suk Yeol. President Phuc is the first foreign senior leader to pay a state visit to the RoK since President Yoon took office, showing the RoK’s appreciation of its ties with Vietnam when the Vietnamese President will be welcomed with the highest rites. The visit takes place at a time when the two countries are celebrating the 30th anniversary of diplomatic ties, are entering a pivotal period to carry out their own development strategies, especially following the Covid-19 pandemic. It is expected to usher in new chapter in bilateral ties. Vietnam and the RoK established their diplomatic relations on December 22, 1992 but they had engaged in cooperative activities earlier. In August 2001, the two nations issued a joint statement on the comprehensive partnership in the 21st century on the occasion of Vietnamese President Tran Duc Luong's visit to the RoK. In October 2009, the … [Read more...] about President leaves Hanoi for state visit to RoK