I can see why today’s British Army feels obliged to assure the nervous nellies, who compose an increasing proportion of our population, that their uniformed sons and daughters will not be treated as ’orrible little people by martinets wielding swagger sticks. … [Read more...] about Yes, society has changed. But we still need hard men (and women) in the British Army to defend us, writes MAX HASTINGS
Both strategies have obvious risks. Cut off aid and North Korea could strike out as a last ditch effort to force our hand in return. But Pyongyang might also be forced to spend more resources growing and buying food. Double down on aid and North Korea might take advantage and happily divert yet more of its resources into the military. But it might also take the signal of peaceful intentions as an opportunity to go further in its ever-so-slight opening to the world. In each case, the job of foreign policy leaders in the rest of the world is to find ways — and there are ways — to tilt the table toward the more desirable outcome. … [Read more...] about Should the world fund food aid to North Korea?
Hanoi (VNA) - At the foot of Lung Cu National Flag Tower, the country’s north pole in Lung Cu commune, Dong Van district, there is a miraculous village, which is often depicted in legends. Its name is Lo Lo Chai. The village is nestled in the rocky plateau of Ha Giang province and considered one of the most remote villages in the north of the country. Visitors to the village can easily spot the flagpole, which is about 1.4km away. The village offers some wonderful sightseeing, with green colours falling into the rocky mountains, not to mention the unique culture and architecture. Lo Lo Chai has also become a community-based cultural tourism village with homestays. The main road, which leads into the village centre, is full of daisies. Visitors should traverse the road at a leisurely pace and see the village. They will recognise familiar trinh tuong (earthen) houses which appear after the stone fences, with maize hung on the houses and peach trees grown in front of them. Near … [Read more...] about Getting lost in Lo Lo Chai Village
Bac Ninh (VNA) – The fine combination of rice, fried onion flakes and tangy sauce makes “banh cuon Mao Dien” (Mao Dien steamed rolled rice pancakes) unforgettable to anyone who tastes them. Mao Dien commune in Thuan Thanh district, the northern province of Bac Ninh, is renowned for its top students, barley-sugar and the delicious “banh cuon” – steamed rolled rice pancakes. None of the local residents remember when the dish dates back to. They only know that it is a long-standing tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation. In the past, the production mainly involved women. “Banh cuon” was made by hand, and required many stages of preparation. The eye-catching thing about the pancakes is fried opinion flakes, so preparing the topping is meticulous work. Firstly, the skin of the onions, more specifically shallots, is removed, and then they are washed and fried until they release pleasant fragrance. Later, the fried … [Read more...] about Mao Dien rolled rice pancakes – special treat for visitors to Bac Ninh
In addition to these results, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong admitted several shortcomings and limitations that hamper the growth of the sector and need to be addressed soon. The pace of agricultural restructuring remains uneven in different localities, while innovation has not met requirements. He also pointed to the lack of agricultural value chains, low labor productivity and efficiency, and high post-harvest losses. … [Read more...] about Agriculture overview: Increasing exports but insufficient GDP growth
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the country’s state planning agency, plans to invest 300 million yuan ($43.5 million) for the construction of hospitals in Wuhan serving patients affected by the coronavirus, official news agency Xinhua reported on Monday. … [Read more...] about China’s NDRC to invest 300 million yuan for construction of hospitals in Wuhan: Xinhua