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18,000 Vietnamese marry foreigners each year

Vietnamese married foreigners

On average 18,000 Vietnamese marry foreigners each year, with 78% of them coming from Ho Chi Minh City and poor areas of the Mekong Delta region. This information was released at a seminar jointly held by the Ministry of Public Security and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in the Mekong Delta city of My Tho on July 30, discussing issues related to human trafficking and illegal...


Why does China win bids so easily in Vietnam?

The construction site of Bung River hydropower project in Quang Nam province, implemented by Chinese contractors.  Photo by Petrotimes

The recent incident in which two Chinese contractors suddenly abandoned their contracts related to the Upper Kon Tum hydroelectric project has aroused great concern because this is one of many projects using Chinese technology and implemented by Chinese contractors. VietNamNet talks with Dr. Tran Dinh Thien, Head of the Vietnam Economics Institute, about this issue. What do you think about the use...


“J-Classic” concert with Hanoi Ensemble


Hanoi Ensemble will stage a free-admission performance at the JF Garage Concert ‘J-Classic’ for music enthusiasts at the courtyard of the Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Hanoi on October 4. The concert, which has been held for the fourth time, will feature famous masterpieces by Antonio Vivaldi, Béla Bartók and Astor Piazzolla as well as many classical and popular pieces from...


Food styling gains in popularity in Vietnam

Food styling

In the past five years, food styling has become popular among the youth of Vietnam’s major cities; with their skills, they turn average dishes into mouthwatering, eye-catching delicacies. At a 2.5 hour session at his studio, Bui Ly Tien Nguyen, 24, a food stylist in Ho Chi Minh City, took some 300 photos of a single slice of beefsteak on a white background. The crew also spent one hour taking...


Swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien gets first ever bronze at ASIAD

Nguyen Thi Anh Vien

Swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien made history as she clinched the first ever bronze medal in the swimming event for the Vietnamese sport delegation on the fourth day of competition at the 17th Asian Games (ASIAD) in Incheon, South Korea on September 23. Meanwhile, wushu athlete Nguyen Thanh Tung took home the bronze in the men’s taijiquan/ taijijian event and his compatriots Ngo Van Sy and Tan Thi Ly...


Phu Quoc Island to have casino, special economic zone

Phu Quoc Island

The Politburo has agreed to open a casino on Phu Quoc Island and is considering a project to establish a special economic zone on the island district, said the chairman of Kien Giang Province. Kien Giang’s Chair, Mr. Le Van Thi, told Tien Phong Newspaper that Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung issued Decision 178 in October 2004 approving the development of Phu Quoc into a tourist and international...


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...