US legislators: Internet companies should not cooperate with communist Vietnam repressing internet freedom

The internet companies – Google, Microsoft and Yahoo – are being pressed by a group of US legislators to resist to pressure from communist government of Vietnam. The group of a dozen of US lawmakers is urging these internet giants to resist strongly to the “communist Vietnam's "aggravating" drives to curb online freedom of political expression”.

The group of twelve US lawmakers is comprised of eight Democratic Representatives including Loretta Sanchez, James Moran, Michael Honda, Madeleine Bordallo, Maurice Hinchey, Hank Johnson, Neil Abercrombie, and Niki Tsongas, and four Republican Representatives including Joseph "Anh" Cao, the first Vietnamese American to serve in the House, Daniel Lungren, Ed Royce, and Thaddeus McCotter.

Hanoi may cancel hotel project after protest

Hanoi may cancel hotel project after protest Hanoi  - A hotel project in a popular Hanoi park is to be relocated following a public campaign, Vietnamese press said Wednesday, but city officials would not confirm the reports.

An article in the state-run Thanh Nien newspaper said construction of a Novotel hotel located inside Hanoi's Reunification Park would not be completed and that the Hanoi People's Committee, the city's governing body, was reviewing alternative sites for the project.

Vietnam halts work at Taiwan-owned plant over pollution

Vietnam halts work at Taiwan-owned plant over pollution Hanoi  - Vietnamese authorities Wednesday ordered Taiwanese-owned condiment company Vedan Enterprise Corp to halt operations at one of its factories and fix pollution problems, making the second Vedan plant charged with environmental violations.

Last year, government inspectors found Vedan's factory in the southern province of Dong Nai was discharging untreated waste water through concealed pipes for at least 10 years, destroying the ecosystem along a stretch of the Thi Vai River.

Vietnam criticizes Egypt catfish import ban

Vietnam criticizes Egypt catfish import ban Hanoi  - A Vietnamese government official Tuesday regretted Egypt's decision last week to temporarily halt imports of Vietnamese catfish.

"I am very sad about this decision," said Luong Le Phuong, deputy minister of agriculture and rural development in charge of aquatic products. Phuong said the sudden decision had been taken on the basis of "information from the media, instead of from scientific sources."

Vietnam criticizes India anti-dumping duties

Vietnam criticizes India anti-dumping duties Hanoi - Vietnamese authorities Tuesday criticized India's decision to impose anti-dumping duties on Vietnamese textiles.

"This decision is unfriendly and unreasonable," said Nguyen Thanh Bien, Vietnam's deputy minister of trade and industry.

India on Friday imposed anti-dumping duties on thread and fabrics imported from China, Thailand and Vietnam.

Vietnam fines Hong Kong freighter for violating territory

Vietnam fines Hong Kong freighter for violating territory Hanoi - Coastal border guards in central Vietnam on Monday fined a Chinese-crewed freighter from Hong Kong that they had seized last week for violating Vietnamese territorial waters.

Colonel Tran Minh Bay, head of Binh Thuan province's Border Guard Headquarters, said his office had fined the freighter 75 million dong (4,300 dollars) and the captain had admitted violating Vietnamese law and paid the fine.