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Vietnam’s military equipment sent to Ukraine for maintenance: FM

Le Hai Binh

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Le Hai Binh on July 24 stated that the batch of Vietnam’s military equipment that has been temporarily seized by Finland is meant to go to Ukraine for repair and maintenance. The activity is undertaken under the established defence cooperation between Vietnam and Ukraine, Binh responded to reporters’ queries at the ministry’s regular press briefing. He further said...


Vietnamese auto industry aims high by 2020

Vietnam auto industry

Vietnam aims to produce 227,000 units of automobiles and become a supplier of spare parts and high-value items in the world automobile production chain by 2020. This is part of the goals under a master plan on Vietnam’s automobile industry development by 2020, with a vision up to 2030 recently approved by the Prime Minister. Under the plan, nine-seat cars will make up 60 percent of the total production...


The return of T-ara and 2NE1 to Saigon


The two famous Korean girl band 2NE1 and T-ara have confirmed their return to Vietnam in August to attend two different events. Their Vietnamese fans are more than lighthearted. T-ara has announced on their official Facebook that the six girls will hold a fan meeting on August 2. Although this is their third time coming to Vietnam, it is the first time in Saigon for T-ara. The meeting will also...


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...


Ministry proposes visa-exempt extension for Russians

Russian tourist

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has proposed extending the visa exemption duration for Russian tourists from 15 days to 30 days. The ministry on July 24 said it has sent the proposal to Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and plans to submit the same request for those from countries that have unilaterally practiced visa exemption for Vietnamese tourists. The move is said to attract more foreigners...


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...