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Foreign Minister holds talks with Philippine counterpart

Vietnam Phillipines

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh held talks with visiting Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert F. del Rosario in Hanoi on July 2. Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh receives Philippine Foreign Minister Albert F. del Rosario (Photo: VNA) The two sides discussed measures to actively realise agreements reached during Prime Minister Nguyen Tan...


China closing border gates?

Lao Cai International Border Gate

China has warned that it may close some border gates it shares with Vietnam, claiming it as intended to strengthen its supervision of trade activities. However, economists believe this is just a hollow threat. Lao Cai International Border Gate The information, released by Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Ha Cong Tuan at a press conference on June 27, has raised worries. Though...


First Vietnam-Japan film based on a real story

Shooting of the first Vietnamese-Japanese feature film, based on author Komatsu Miyuki’s decision to have her mother spend the rest of her life in Vietnam, will begin in November. Shot mostly in Vietnam, it will be directed by Kabuki Omori and Tat Binh; and will star actress Keiko Matsuzaka. Miyuki’s autobiographical work, Quang Doi Cuoi Cung O Viet Nam (The Remaining Part of Life in Vietnam), was first published in Japanese and translated into Vietnamese later. She had come to Vietnam to teach Japanese, but could not stop thinking about her mother living alone in Japan. After her...


Fashion show themed East Sea sovereignty in France, Belgium

Desire for Peace Collection

A special collection “Desire for Peace” by designer Thuan Viet will be introduced in France and Belgium to celebrate Vietnam Days from June 23 to July 1. The collection includes 12 designs of Vietnamese women’s traditional dress (Ao Dai) depicting images of sea waves and ancient maps demonstrating Vietnam’s sovereignty over the Truong Sa (Spratly) and Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelagoes. The...


Japanese coach finds his feet in Vietnam

Toshiya Miura

Viet Nam’s Japanese coach Toshiya Miura said that he felt completely comfortable and no different when he walked out on the pitch to give instructions to players on Viet Nam’s national team yesterday morning. The national team trains under new coach Toshiya Miura sa in Binh Duong Province. They are slated to play a friendly against Myanmar early next month. — VNS Photo Miura, who was...


Three guys, one camera, an Irish goal

The Wirld

Two of The Wirld guys (Iain McNamara in the middle) pose for a photo with young Vietnamese they met on a street in Ha Noi. — Photo countersy of Iain McNamara It has been difficult getting back to normal life for Iain McNamara and his peers after their one-year trip through 22 countries. The first week seemed crazy for McNamara, Chris McGrath and Kevin Cobbe when they arrived home in Dublin a month...


Going international


Look who’s gone to the United Nations. China, which refuses to participate in the arbitration case filed by the Philippines over maritime entitlements, has taken its territorial dispute with Vietnam to the UN. Beijing did not take the exact same route as Manila. Instead China’s deputy ambassador to the UN submitted a “position paper” to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, complaining that Vietnam...


Singaporean PM underlines int’l law in dealing with East Sea issue

Lee Hsien Loong

Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has emphasized the importance of international law in dealing with disputes, including those on the East Sea. Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong delivers a speech during the 20th International Conference on the Future of Asia in Tokyo Speaking at the Washington-based Council on Foreign Relations on June 24, PM Lee said from the point of view...