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Three Vietnamese among dead in Malaysian plane crash

Three Vietnamese among dead in Malaysian plane crash

Viet Nam has requested a prompt and transparent investigation into the crash of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine on July 17 which caused the tragic loss of lives of all passengers and crew members, including three Vietnamese. At a meeting on the incident of the United Nations Security Council in New York on July 18, Vietnamese Ambassador to the UN Le Hoai Trung said his delegation...


Japan resumes ODA to Vietnam

Vietnam ODA

The Japanese government has resumed official development assistance (ODA) to Vietnam after a brief suspension over a graft scandal involving the Japan Transportation Consultants Inc. (JTC). The decision was made on July 18 after both Japanese and Vietnamese sides agreed to prevent similar bribery scandals in the future. Earlier on June 2 the Japanese Government decided to suspend new ODA to Vietnam...


French director to continue make films on Hoang Sa

Andre Menras

French director Andre Menras has affirmed his commitment to continue his quest to document the continually evolving story of the fishermen of Hoang Sa (Paracel) and their struggle against Chinese oppression. Andre made the affirmation at a screening in Hanoi on July 11 of his current documentary film entitled “: Hoang Sa Vietnam: Noi dau mat mat” (Vietnam’s Hoang Sa: the Pain and Losses). The...


Free hugs on offer

Free Hugs Vietnam

If a complete stranger walks up to you on Sunday with arms outstretched and a smile on his or her face, don’t run! It will be part of a free hugs campaign being held in Ha Noi, HCM City and Nha Trang. Entitled We’re Here to do One Thing, the campaign has been organised by Free Hugs Viet Nam, a non-profit youth organisation dedicated to community activities. The purpose of the event is...


That wins An Giang Cycling Cup

Nguyen Thi That

Nguyen Thi That displayed her power with a fifth stage win at the An Giang Television Cycling Cup on Saturday, followed by her winning the tournament title. The national team member of the Gao Hat Ngoc Troi squad experienced no difficulties during the 75km stretch from Rach Gia City (Kien Giang Province) to Long Xuyen City (An Giang Province). She finished with a time of 1hr 59.04min, reaching an...


[Video] Stunning Ha Long Bay Timelapse

Ha Long Bay

When timelapse photographer, Rufus Blackwell traveled to Ha Long Bay last year, he brought along his Canon 5D mk3 and a GoPro to make this awesome video. Even though the rain stuck around for his entire stay in the bay, he was able to keep his cameras under the small roof on the deck of the ship, allowing him to capture not only the beauty, but also the enormous scale of the UNESCO world heritage...


Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa, as reported in early 20th century newspapers

The Advertiser newspaper dated June 29, 1909 reported that China sent warships to the Paracel Islands.

From the early 20th century, when China began eyeing the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa Archipelagos (Paracel and Spratly Islands), the Vietnamese government as well as local and international media were interested in Hoang Sa – Truong Sa. The Advertiser newspaper dated June 29, 1909 reported that China sent warships to the Paracel Islands. When the Qing Dynasty began paid attention to Hoang Sa in...


China ship spies on U.S.-led naval drills

China ship spies on U.S.-led naval drills

China sent a surveillance vessel to waters off Hawaii even as the country participated for the first time in the world’s largest international naval exercise led by the U.S. The auxiliary general intelligence ship is outside U.S. territorial seas, yet within the 200-nautical mile Exclusive Economic Zone, Capt. Darryn James, chief spokesman for the U.S. Pacific Fleet, said in an e-mailed statement...