Two rooftop cafes to take your breath away in Hoi An

China is expanding artificial islands in disputed South China Sea, which is also called Vietnam East Sea areas despite saying it stopped two years ago, according to a security think tank that released satellite images it said showed the land reclamation. Beijing claims most of the sea and has been turning reefs in the Spratly and Paracel chains into islands, installing military aircraft and missile systems on them -- an activity the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) said was continuing. "China's own reclamation work did not end in mid-2015 with the completion of its artificial islands in the Spratlys. Beijing continues to reclaim land farther north, in the Paracel Islands," the security think tank said on its website. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Regional Forum in Manila on Monday that Beijing completed its South China Sea reclamation activities two years ago. "I also wanted to tell you that two years ago, China had already completed the reclamation. That is something I can tell you for sure," Wang said, adding "it is not China" which was conducting ongoing reclamation activities. The AMTI website on Wednesday posted satellite pictures that it said showed Wang's statements were "false". China has since 2015 dredged a new harbor and added 10 hectares (about 25 acres) of land on Tree island in the Paracels, and has recently completed a new helipad and installed wind turbines and photovoltaic solar arrays there, it said.…... [read more]

NDO – Vietnam’s swimming team will participate in the 29th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games with their largest force ever, including 25 members (17 athletes), targeting to surpass the impressive results achieved at the previous Games in Singapore, when they returned home with an overall tally of 10 gold medals. >>> Vietnam holds send-off for delegation to 29th SEA Games >>> Vietnamese athletes encouraged ahead of SEA Games departure Anh Vien, Quy Phuoc, Quang Nhat and Duy Khoi remain the pillars of the Vietnamese swimming team traveling to Malaysia, while Huy Hoang, Kim Son and Le Nguyen Paul, a Vietnamese American, are also expected to produce greater feats in their preferred disciplines. At the 28th SEA Games, Vietnam’s “swimming queen” Anh Vien produced an exceptional showing as she accounted for eight of the national team’s ten gold medals. Therefore, the Can Tho-born swimmer continues to be the greatest gold medal hope for Vietnam at the upcoming Games in Malaysia. Anh Vien has made thorough preparations for the largest regional sporting event, and according to Vien’s direct trainer, Dang Anh Tuan, his student will compete for medals in around 11 disciplines in this year’s Games. Meanwhile, other male swimmers, such as Hoang Quy Phuoc and Le Nguyen Paul, will have to make great efforts if they want to secure gold medals for Vietnam, as their regional competitors, including Schooling (Singapore) and Sim Wee Sheng (Malaysia), have risen to approach the world-class level. Following the 28th…... [read more]

Speaking at the 2017 M&A Forum organised in HCM City on August 10 by the Vietnam Investment Review, Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung said the Special Administrative Economic Zone Law is expected to create a proper legal framework for the three zones in Van Don (Quang Ninh Province), Van Phong (Khanh Hoa Province) and Phu Quoc (Kien Giang). It aims to create a new development model with breakthrough policies and mechanisms meant to improve the investment environment and make Vietnam competitive in attracting investment. The zones will only have an administrative committee and no people’s council, and the people’s council’s role related to legislation and inspection would be taken over by provincial authorities, he said. “To effectively operate these special zones, we should remove unnecessary and inappropriate levels of special economic zones,” the minister said. The ministry has also proposed increasing the maximum land lease tenure to 99 years from the current 50-75, and allowing the zones to have casinos. Dung said the zones have been established to develop certain strategic industries based on their geographic conditions. For instance, Van Phong is the best place to develop a transit port in Vietnam and can develop logistics while Van Don has great potential in healthcare, education and biology, he said. All three would welcome industries with high value-addition, which would be identified for investment and announced soon, he said. The bill would be tabled in the…... [read more]

The first flight from Dong Hoi airport to Chiang Mai carried nearly 180 passengers while the return flight had more than 150 travellers on board.  The service’s launch is part of the cooperation agreement between the airline and Quang Binh’s authorities aiming at serving increasing travelling demand and stimulating tourism growth in Vietnam’s central region and Thailand’s northern localities.  According to Jetstar Pacific, nearly 5,000 tickets on the route have been booked. In the initial period, the airline will operate two two-way flights on the route each week, on Monday and Friday.  The Quang Binh-Chiang Mai flight takes only 1 hour and 40 minutes, compared to two days if travelling by car.   Tickets are available at www.jetstar.com and all ticket agents from VND620,000 (US$27.3) one leg.  The low-cost airline is operating several services between Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok. It plans to open a route connecting Da Nang in central Vietnam and Japan’s Osaka on September 1 and Hanoi-Osaka on September 2. Being the first low-cost airline in Vietnam, Jetstar Pacific is operating 36 domestic and international routes, which are linked with the network of Jetstar Group covering 80 destinations in 17 countries in Asia-Pacific. It has two main shareholders being the national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines and Qantas Airways. ... [read more]

Production of gold bars is among areas subject to State monopoly as listed in Decree No. 94/2017/ND-CP . (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The government has issued Decree No. 94/2017/ND-CP declaring the State will hold the monopoly in the production and trading of 20 goods and services as from October 1 this year. The decree lists the goods and services as follows:     1. Goods and services used for defense and security purposes;     2. Production, trade, import-export and transit transport of industrial explosives;     3. Production of gold bars;     4. Export-import of material gold for making gold bars     5. Issuing state lottery;     6. Import of cigarettes and cigars (exclusive of duty-free stores);     7. Management, export-import, purchase, sale, storage and preservation of goods named in the national reserves list;     8. Money printing and minting;     9. Issuance of Vietnam’s postal stamps;     10. Production, export-import, purchase, sale, transport and storage of fireworks and supply of related services;     11. Transmitting and controlling the national power grid; construction and operation of multi-purpose hydropower plants and nuclear power facilities of special socio-economic importance;     12. Public services ensuring navigation safety (operation of lighthouses and public navigational passages);     13. Management and operation of coastal information facilities;     14. Services related to flight control, aviation information and aviation search & rescue;     15. Management and exploitation of national and…... [read more]

The 300-year-old mango tree in Vinh Trach Dong commune of Bac Lieu city, the Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu, was listed as a heritage tree in 2015 (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – More than 2,600 trees of over 100 fauna species in 52 province and cities have been recognised as heritage trees of Vietnam since the title recognition was initiated in 2010. Notably, many groups with big numbers of trees were honoured in 2015 and 2016 such as the groups of “po mu” (Fokienia) trees in Tay Giang district of Quang Nam province, Shan tuyet tea trees in Suoi Giang commune of Yen Bai province, and “nghien” (Burretiodendron hsienmu) trees in the Xuan Son National Park of Phu Tho province.  Dr Tran Van Mieu from the Vietnam Association for Conservation of Nature and Environment, which is in charge of the tree recognition, said the activity aims at both conserving biodiversity and highlighting historical milestones linked with the trees. The recognition of heritage trees helps raise public awareness of rare plant genetic resources and environmental protection, honours humanitarian values and pays tribute to ancestors who protected the trees, he noted. He said the recognition and conservation are an effective communication method, adding that ceremonies marking the recognition were held by the localities where the trees grow and in combination with local festivals, attracting large numbers of participants. Most of local administrations have been well aware of their responsibility, which can be seen through…... [read more]

Jetstar Pacific launches Dong Hoi-Chiang Mai service (Source: Jetstar Pacific) Hanoi (VNA) – Low-cost airline Jetstar Pacific officially launched a direct service between Dong Hoi airport in Vietnam’s Quang Binh central province and Chiang Mai in northern Thailand on August 11.  The first flight from Dong Hoi airport to Chiang Mai carried nearly 180 passengers while the return flight had more than 150 travellers on board.  The service’s launch is part of the cooperation agreement between the airline and Quang Binh’s authorities aiming at serving increasing travelling demand and stimulating tourism growth in Vietnam’s central region and Thailand’s northern localities.  According to Jetstar Pacific, nearly 5,000 tickets on the route have been booked. In the initial period, the airline will operate two two-way flights on the route each week, on Monday and Friday.  The Quang Binh-Chiang Mai flight takes only 1 hour and 40 minutes, compared to two days if travelling by car.   Tickets are available at www.jetstar.com and all ticket agents from 620,000 VND (27.3 USD) one leg.  The low-cost airline is operating several services between Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok. It plans to open a route connecting Da Nang in central Vietnam and Japan’s Osaka on September 1 and Hanoi-Osaka on September 2. Being the first low-cost airline in Vietnam, Jetstar Pacific is operating 36 domestic and international routes, which are linked with the network of Jetstar Group covering 80 destinations in 17 countries in Asia-Pacific. It has two main shareholders being the…... [read more]

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The fulfilment of the gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 6.7 percent in 2017 requires high political determination from ministries and departments as well as corporations, businesses and people, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc stressed at a meeting in Hanoi on August 12. Addressing the conference between the Government’s Standing Board and ministries, sectors, economic groups and corporations, the PM noted that in order to realise the aforesaid target, the growth in the six remaining months of this year must be at a high level of 7.42 percent. He stressed that this is an important political task of all sectors, especially agriculture, industry, construction, processing and manufacturing. [National Assembly targets 6.7-percent GDP growth in 2017] According to the Ministry of Planning and Investment, the surging GDP in the second quarter raised the January-June growth rate to 5.73 percent. The service sector made the biggest contribution to the overall growth (2.59 percentage points), particularly in wholesale, retail, accommodation, catering, finance, banking, insurance, and real estate. The total volume of international tourists to Vietnam in the period was 7.42 million, a year-on-year rise of 28.8 percent. While the mining industry suffered from a sharp decline, the agriculture, forestry and fishery sectors have recovered with a growth rate of 2.65 percent. The average consumer price index (CPI) rose by 3.91 percent in the first seven months, below the National Assembly’s set target of 4 percent. …... [read more]

Crop production companies in Vietnam grow foodstuffs such as rice, sugarcane, coffee, tea, vegetables, melons, fruits and cashew nuts and employ about half of the country’s population while manufacturing accounts for roughly 8% of employment. Once the most important economic segment in the country, the output value of agriculture, was surpassed by both manufacturing and services in the early 1990s and has continued to wane ever since without too many bright spots. The Chinese market has in large part laid out the welcoming mat for Vietnamese agriculture faced by troublesome food safety regulations and scrutiny elsewhere in more lucrative markets like the US, EU and Japan where language barriers compound their lack of ability to compete effectively at a profit. Hardly a day goes by without another Vietnamese-China initiative being announced, say the experts, whether it's new investments, joint ventures, trade conferences or delegations. In August this year, another Chinese delegation of some 100 businesses staged the 6th Zhejiang Export Fair in Hanoi exploring yet further opportunities for commercial trade and investment. To Ngoc Son of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, said the Zhejiang Export Fair is one of the biggest annual trade fairs in the entire Southeast Asian region and represents a useful source for investment, especially in higher tech agriculture. Mr Son, who is the assistant head of the Ministry Asia Pacific Department, noted that plans are underway for Vietnam to put on its first trade expo…... [read more]

The poster of the “Multiculturalism” exhibition (Photo: thethaovanhoa.vn) Hanoi (VNA) – A Bold. Art exhibition themed “Multiculturalism” opened in Hanoi on August 11, featuring a number of unique artworks created by artists from Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. Thirteen young artists from Australia, China, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam and the United Arab Emirates tell stories about the multicultural trend in their countries through sculptures. Female artist Lap Phuong with the art piece “Peaceful Birth” represents Vietnam at the event. The artworks were made from production materials used by Kohler, a US kitchen and bath products manufacturer. Angel Yang, President of Kohler Kitchen and Bath Asia Pacific, said Kohler always honours cultural and artistic values along with the combination of arts with designs so as to create unique, attractive and outstanding products. The Bold. Art exhibition aims to provide a playground for artists to freely show their talents. Aside from the “Multiculturalism” exhibition, Kohler is also showcasing three patterns that won prizes at the Kohler Design Challenge – Art Inspired by Architecture. The exhibition will last through August 17 at the Hanoi Information and Exposition Centre at No 93 Dinh Tien Hoang street.-VNA... [read more]




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