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Chinese oil workers kidnapped in Sudan

October 19, 2008

SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press Writer

KHARTOUM, Sudan – Unknown assailants kidnapped nine Chinese oil workers in southern Sudan, a Chinese diplomat in Khartoum said Sunday.

The men were working Saturday when they were abducted in southern Kordofan province, the epicenter of Sudan’s oil industry and next to Darfur where ethnic African rebels are fighting the Arab-dominated government.

A farmer rides past a PetroChina petrol station in Beijing. ... 
A farmer rides past a PetroChina petrol station in Beijing. Nine Chinese oil workers have been kidnapped near Sudan’s disputed central oil district of Abyei, the Chinese embassy has said, with a Sudanese driver also feared missing.(AFP/File/Frederic J. Brown)

A search was under way for the men, the diplomat said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press. Several workers were not taken and managed to inform authorities, he added.

The rebels, along with many international rights activists, accuse China of indirectly funding Khartoum’s war effort in Darfur through massive investment in Sudan’s oil industry.

China buys two-thirds of Sudan’s oil exports, and oil sales account for 70 percent of the African country’s export revenue.

Darfur rebels attacked the Chinese-run Defra oil field in Kordofan last October, kidnapped two foreign workers and gave Chinese and other oil companies a week to leave the country.

Two months later, Darfur rebels attacked an army garrison in another Chinese-run oil field in the same province.

Some 140 Chinese engineers and troops are also deployed in Darfur and were among the first reinforcements sent by the United Nations, which took over peacekeeping in the western Sudanese region in January.

The Sudanese government quickly approved the Chinese contingent, even as it vetoed contributions from other countries because they were not African — including a Scandinavian engineering corps.


An oil rig in a file photo. (File/Reuters) ...

Vietnam and Qatar sign labor co-operation pact

January 11, 2008

From Nhan Dan (Vietnamese Communist State News Service)
January 11, 2008

Vietnam and Qatar signed a labour co-operation agreement in Hanoi on January 11, launching a new phase in bilateral ties in labour and social affairs.

The agreement was inked by Minister of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan and Qatar Minister of labour and State Social Affairs Sultan Bin Hassan Al-Dhabit Al-Dosari.

The Qatar government has licensed its businesses to recruit an additional 25,000 Vietnamese workers besides the current 10,000. The country plans to increase the number of Vietnamese guest workers to 100,000 within the next three years.

“As Vietnam is open its embassy in Qatar soon, we will assign an attaché in charge of coordinating with the local authorities in managing Vietnamese workers,” Minister Ngan said.

Before the signing ceremony, the two ministers held talks to discuss in details issues related to labour co-operation, particularly vocational training for Vietnamese workers, and the management and protection of their interests in Qatar .

Later on the day, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung gave a reception to the visiting Qatar labour minister.

He told the guest that labour co-operation is the shortest way for the two countries to boost their cooperation and expand trade and investment and attain higher economic growths.

“The labour cooperation agreement will provide a full and close legal framework for the sending of Vietnamese workers to Qatar ,” Deputy PM Hung said.

He emphasised that the two sides need to collaborate in training Vietnamese workers not only in professional skills, but also in the language, culture and customs and the law of Qatar.

Communist Vietnam blaming foreign forces for democracy protests

September 8, 2007

By Bill Gertz

U.S. officials say the communist government in Vietnam has broken its silence on public protests over land claims by asserting that foreign hostile forces are behind the unrest.

Rallies have been held from June through August in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Party and military newspapers have identified senior monks of the outlawed Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam and two leading pro-democracy dissidents for their alleged roles in seeking to exploit the protests.

The monks were identified as UBCV leaders Thich Quang Do and Thich Khong Tanh, and the pro-democracy activists are Nguyen Khac Toan and Hoang Minh Chinh.The Vietnamese army newspaper called them “dirty puppets” over overseas forces. And the Communist Party daily compared them to two traitors in Vietnamese history, Le Chieu Thong and Tran Ich Tac. Thong, the last king of an 18th century dynasty, is known for inviting the Chinese to invade in an effort to retain his position. Tac, a 13th century prince, is known for surrendering to a Mongolian army in order to become king.

The Party commentary said the two monks and two dissidents will “be exposed and spat on” by the Vietnamese people like the earlier traitors.

The demonstrations have received no press attention in the West.

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Marriage Brokering Booms in Vietnam

September 6, 2007

In Vietnam, an increasing number of young women are now marrying foreigners through marriage brokers. Last year, more than 10,000 Vietnamese women married men from South Korea alone. But the marriages are often ploys for cheap labor and abuse.

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