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Bannon out at White House as pressure mounts on Trump

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump parted ways with his controversial chief strategist Steve Bannon on Friday (Aug 18) as the White House reels from the fallout over the president’s response to a violent white supremacist rally.

White House strategist Steve Bannon. (Photo: AFP/Mandel Ngan)

But the 63-year-old Bannon – a hero of the so-called “alt right” but bete noire of centrists whose departure caps one of the most disastrous weeks of the young presidency – vowed to keep fighting for Trump’s agenda from outside the White House.

In an interview with Bloomberg News, Bannon made clear he remained fully committed to the nationalist-populist policies that carried Trump to power.

“If there’s any confusion out there, let me clear it up: I’m leaving the White House and going to war for Trump against his opponents – on Capitol Hill, in the media, and in corporate America,” said the far-right firebrand.

Within hours of his departure, Breitbart News – the provocative right-wing outlet which Bannon headed before joining Trump’s team – announced he had returned to his former home, as executive chairman.

“The populist-nationalist movement got a lot stronger today,” declared Breitbart News editor-in-chief Alex Marlow.

Bannon’s presence at the White House had been contested from the start, and with Trump under fire for insisting anti-racism protesters were equally to blame for violence at a weekend rally by neo-Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, the president faced renewed pressure to let him go.

Trump, who rose to political prominence by casting doubt on whether Barack Obama, America’s first black president, was born in the United States, did condemn neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan on several occasions this week but many across the political spectrum say he did not go far enough.


Trump was at meetings with his national security advisers at the presidential retreat Camp David to discuss the situation in Afghanistan when the White House announced that Bannon was leaving.

The White House did not specify whether he had resigned or – as was widely reported – been forced out.

“White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steve’s last day,” spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. “We are grateful for his service and wish him the best.”

Bannon joined the Trump campaign less than three months before the November 2016 vote and was credited with playing a major role in the upset victory over Hillary Clinton.

He went on to become the nucleus of one of several competing power centers in a chaotic West Wing, and reportedly fell into disfavor for allegedly leaking stories about colleagues who he felt did not sufficiently adhere to his populist agenda.

The president’s new chief of staff, Kelly, a no-nonsense former Marine general, had reportedly warned he would not tolerate what he saw as Bannon’s behind the scenes maneuvering.

And Trump was reportedly furious about an interview in which his aide contradicted his own position on North Korea.

Since taking office in January, Trump has lost five top aides: Bannon, National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, press secretary Sean Spicer, chief of staff Reince Priebus and communications director Anthony Scaramucci.


The latest departure came as former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney added his voice to those criticizing the president over last weekend’s events, telling Trump in a Facebook post he was facing a “defining moment” and needed to apologize “for the good of the country.”

The woman whose daughter was killed when an avowed white supremacist rammed his car into protesters in Charlottesville said she would not meet with Trump following his comments equating the likes of her daughter with white supremacists.

“You can’t wash this one away by shaking my hand and saying ‘I’m sorry,'” Susan Bro, the mother of 32-year-old victim Heather Heyer, said in an interview on ABC.

Former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger warned Trump he has “a moral responsibility to send an unequivocal message that you won’t stand for hate and racism.”

And James Murdoch, the chief executive of 21st Century Fox whose tycoon father Rupert has been a Trump ally, pledged to donate $1 million to the Anti-Defamation League, which combats anti-Semitism.

“What we watched this last week in Charlottesville and the reaction to it by the President of the United States concern all of us as Americans and free people,” Murdoch said.


In other developments on Friday, a statue of a US Supreme Court justice who was behind a racist ruling was taken down in Maryland and all 16 members of a presidential committee on arts and the humanities resigned to protest what they called Trump’s “hateful rhetoric.”

The statue of justice Roger Taney is the latest monument to topple in a growing campaign to remove symbols of the pro-slavery Confederacy.

Trump called the movement “foolish” on Thursday and said US culture and history were being “ripped apart.”

In the letter to Trump announcing their mass resignation, the members of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities said “ignoring your hateful rhetoric would have made us complicit in your words and actions.”

The first letter of each paragraph spelled out the word “R-E-S-I-S-T.”

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Vietnamese archers break SEA Games’ record

Vietnamese archers Nguyễn Tiến Cương and Châu Kiều Oanh brought home a bronze medal and broke a Southeast Asian (SEA) Games’ record in the mixed doubles 70m three-stringed bow event at the Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia yesterday.

Eye on the ball: Việt Nam vs Thailand in the women’s futsal match at the SEA Games yesterday. – VNA/VNS Photo Quốc Khánh.

In the bronze medal match, the Vietnamese pair defeated Paul Marton Dela Cruz and Amaya Amparo Cojuangco of the Philippines 159-155.

According to coach Cáp Mạnh Tân, Việt Nam’s score of 159 points was recognised as a new SEA Games record, beating the old record of 157 points. It is also a new Vietnamese record.

Earlier, Cương and Oanh beat the Thai team 156 – 154 in the quarter-finals, however they lost to Fatin Salleh and Mohda Mazuki of the hosts 152-154 in the semi-finals.

Malaysia’s Mazuki and Salleh clinched the nation’s third gold medal at the NSC Synthetic in Bukit Jalil.

The duo defeated Myanmar’s Aung Ngeain and Ye Min We 152-142 in the final.

Việt Nam have had pocketed two silver and one bronze medals in the archery event, thanks largely to 20-year-old archer Oanh.

She won silver in the women’s individual compound event and then alongside Lê Ngọc Huyền and Nguyễn Thị Nhật Lệ won another silver in the women’s three-stringed bow.

“I never thought that I was a medal hope of Việt Nam at the largest regional sport event. I only thought that competing in the Games was a joy for me,” said Oanh.

The southern province of Trà Vinh-born player has trained for four years, however, she nearly gave it up at one point.

“You must be very strong to be an archer. A bow weighs three-four kilogrammes and the force to pull it is nearly 20kg. I have a good body but I am not good in physical strength so I have trained so much to stay in the team,” said Oanh.

Last year, Oanh won a gold medal and broke the national record at the domestic junior event.

In other news, Viet Nam’s female futsal team lost to Thailand 3-1 in their first match yesterday.

Việt Nam played cautiously from the beginning, leading to a scoreless first half.

In the second period, Thailand dominated with three goals while Việt Nam scored only one goal, making the match end 3-1.

The Vietnamese players will face hosts Malaysia in the second match on August 22.

On the men’s side, Việt Nam also lost to Thailand 4-1.

Source VNA

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APEC standards sub-committee discusses smart cities and e-labelling

Delegates take a group photo at the workshop. – VNS Photo Thu Ngan

Developing standards systems in addition to connecting and sharing experiences with members will help APEC economies successfully develop smart cities, heard a workshop on “Best practices sharing of standards and conformity assessment implementation on smart cities in APEC region” held in HCM City on Friday.

Hosted by Viet Nam’s Directorate for Standards, Metrology and Quality (STAMEQ), the conference was one of the first two of the Sub-committee on Standards and Conformance (SCSC) on the opening day of SOM 3.

The workshop, an initiative by Viet Nam that was approved at SOM 1, aimed at connecting APEC members and promoting and sharing the application of standards and conformity assessment of products, services and management systems related to the sustainable development of smart cities in APEC.

More than 100 delegates took part in it.

Opening the workshop, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Tran Van Tung said one of the SCSC’s priorities this year was “development and promotion of standards and supporting the digital economy.”

This is a new sector in which the bloc needs to work together to share best practices, identify opportunities and challenges and boost co-operation, harmonise standards and assess conformity to help achieve the Bogor Goals, according to Tung.

Viet Nam’s representatives delivered four speeches, including “Security and safety for smart cities”, “Viet Nam’s standardisation activities for smart city sectors” and “Viettel and the development of smart city in Viet Nam.”

At a series of panel and collaborative discussions, developing economies including Viet Nam, Thailand and the Philippines heard about the experiences of developed economies such as the US and Japan in developing smart cities and also the latest information about standards development for smart cities from leading international organisations.

Speaking to Viet Nam News on the sidelines of the workshop, Tung said: “The workshop has clearly shown the connection between economies in which we together share and develop standards for developing smart cities.”

The conference is also important for Viet Nam since “it trails other economies in developing smart cities”, he said.

“The workshop is a chance for Viet Nam to learn from other members for developing its own standards.”

Calvin Kam, director, industry programmes, and consulting associate professor at Stanford University in the US, said: “APEC is an excellent opportunity because today it’s a very global and connected world, so I do believe that Viet Nam and the 20 other APEC economies can work together. I do think that just looking internally Viet Nam can better learn about standards and best building practices so that we do not repeat the same mistakes, and we can learn from global science, technology and innovation.”

He told Viet Nam News: “I do believe that Viet Nam can leap far. I would expect that with so much construction going on, higher productivity and also a more sustainable solution would be key to developing smart cities.”

Pham Le Cuong, CEO of the Viet Nam Certification Centre, told Viet Nam News that the workshop sought to help people understand what a smart city is.

“Smart city is a city with stable development that uses recycled energy and has no traffic jams, etc.”

Over 20 provinces and cities in Viet Nam have agreed to develop smart cities.

The second SCSC workshop was on “Facilitating trade in information and communications technologies products through encouragement of electronic labelling best practices.”

It focuses on e-labelling and the ICT sector, providing an overview of electronic labelling with a focus on emerging trends in e-labelling and the benefits of e-labelling for ICT trade, and highlight international standardisation efforts.

Lessons from Japan, Viet Nam and China were shared at the workshop.

It continues today. – VNS

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Finnish police ‘quite certain’ about attacker’s identity: local media

TURKU: Police shot and wounded a suspect after a stabbing spree in which a man killed two people and wounded six others in the Finnish city of Turku on Friday (Aug 18). Finnish police patrol in front of the Cenral Railway Station in Helsinki on Aug 18, 2017. (Photo: AFP/Linda Manner) Within hours the force had announced increased police patrols across the country. "There are eight victims in the stabbing. Two dead and six injured," Turku police tweeted after the assault in a market square. A hospital official told journalists all the victims were adults. Police shot a suspect in the thigh minutes after the attack at another square nearby, arresting him and confiscating his knife. His identity has not yet been established, police said late on Friday, nor was the motive for the attack clear. Police described the suspect in custody as "a young man of foreign origin", providing no other details except to say they were collaborating with the Finnish Immigration Service. While security forces wrote on Twitter that police were "looking for other possible perpetrators", police told journalists it was likely there was only one attacker. Police assured Turku residents the city was safe on Friday evening. The stabbing spree comes with Europe on high alert a day after drivers slammed vehicles into pedestrians in two attacks in Spain, killing at least 14 people and injuring more…... [read more]

A convicted murderer in central Vietnam is being investigated for killing his wife while she was paying a conjugal visit to the prison he was being held in. A police report said that Nhu Van Duc, who is already serving 17 years for murder, was visited by his wife and two children on Tuesday. After sending his children away to buy water, he is alleged to have stabbed his wife to death before trying to take his own life. His children alerted the guards. It has remained unclear how Duc got the knife. Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reported that he grabbed it from his wife, who brought it in for peeling fruit. Duc is receiving treatment at a hospital under police surveillance. Duc, 48, was convicted of murder in Ho Chi Minh City in 2014 for fatally stabbing his neighbor following an argument, according to Tuoi Tre. The prison in Binh Thuan and another in the northern province of Bac Giang are among the few that allow private reunions between male prisoners and their families in Vietnam.  Last October, the Ministry of Public Security said it was drafting a rule to allow all inmates to meet their spouses in private rooms. It is not clear if the latest death in Binh Thuan will force them to rethink the idea.... [read more]

The driver of the sport-utility vehicle (SUV), a 26-year-old Austrian of Bosnian origin known to police for domestic violence, was detained. Police said there was no reason to suspect any terrorist motive and they believed the man was suffering family problems. Eyewitnesses cited by the public broadcaster ORF said the vehicle had been traveling at about 100 kph (62 mph). ORF said no explosives had been found in the car. "We can now absolutely rule out an extremist, religious or political background," Josef Klamminger, head of the police force of the province of Styria, told reporters. "He has (previously) appeared ready to use violence," Klamminger said. The man also stabbed two people after jumping out of the crashed car. When asked whether the man had any psychological problems, a Graz police official, Kurt Kemeter, said: "Of course there would have been problems". He said the man, a truck driver who is married and has two children, gave himself up to the police after the incident. Three children were among the injured. Six people were in a critical condition, according to emergency services. More than 60 police, about 80 ambulances and a rescue helicopter were mobilized. Pictures on local media websites showed a green SUV with a severely damaged front and smashed broken lights, and a scarf hanging from it.... [read more]

Shortly after the arson attack on the tomb of biblical patriarch Joseph, Palestinian protesters threw stones over the border of the Gaza Strip at Israeli forces who fired back, killing two and wounding scores of others in the crowd, Palestinian medical officials said. The worst outbreak in bloodshed in months has killed at least 37 Palestinians, including attackers and children in assaults and confrontations, and seven Israelis in stabbings and other attacks on buses and in the streets. The latest round of violence has been partly fueled by Palestinian anger at what they see as increased Jewish encroachment on the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem, holy to both Muslims and Jews. Many Israelis fear it is building into a full Palestinian intifada or uprising while Palestinian leaders have said a Israeli security crackdown amounts to collective punishment that will provoke more violence. Israel's military said about 100 people converged on Joseph's tomb in the Palestinian city of Nablus and set parts of it ablaze before Palestinian security forces arrived and pushed them back. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the attack on the shrine, venerated for centuries by Jews, Samaritans, Christians and Muslims, and ordered repairs and an investigation.... [read more]

Forty-one Palestinians and seven Israelis have died in the recent street violence, which was in part triggered by Palestinians' anger over what they see as increased Jewish encroachment on Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque compound. Israel says it is keeping the status quo at the holy compound, which is also revered by Jews as the location of two destroyed biblical Jewish temples. The Palestinian dead include attackers wielding knives and protesters shot by Israeli forces as they threw rocks. The Israelis were killed in random attacks in the street or on buses. In the latest attack, a Palestinian stabbed and wounded an Israeli border policeman at the Qalandia crossing in the West Bank, a police spokesman said. The attacker was initially shot and wounded in the leg. During a follow-up body search, the attacker drew a second knife and tried to stab another officer, after which he was shot dead, the spokesman said. In East Jerusalem and Hebron, two Palestinians who also attempted knife attacks were killed and another was seriously wounded, Israeli authorities said. One Israeli border policewoman was lightly wounded. A fourth Palestinian was shot dead, also in Hebron, but there were conflicting reports about the incident. Israel's military said the Palestinian attempted to stab an Israeli civilian, who was carrying a gun and shot the attacker dead. A Palestinian man told Reuters that his daughter, a high school student, had seen the shooting and said it happened when Jewish settlers attacked an unarmed Palestinian. The United States has stepped…... [read more]

Speaking to reporters after about four hours of talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Kerry said he thought there were steps that could reduce the violence and said they needed to be discussed with Jordanian and Palestinian officials. "I would characterize that conversation as one that gave me a cautious measure of optimism that there may be ... a way to defuse the situation and begin to find a way forward," Kerry told reporters after he met Netanyahu at a Berlin hotel. "If parties want to try, and I believe they do, want to move to a de-escalation, there are a set of choices that are available," he told a joint news conference with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. At a United Nations Security Council meeting on October 22, Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon said peace could only be achieved through direct talks between the parties. He called on the international community to urge Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to accept an invitation from Netanyahu to meet. Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki said he would never dismiss the possibility of a meeting if it could help de-escalate the violence. But he added that Netanyahu would first have to "end his own incitement" and withdraw Israeli troops from the occupied Palestinian territories. Nine Israelis have been killed in Palestinian stabbings, shootings and vehicle attacks since the start of October. Forty-nine Palestinians, including 25 assailants, among them children, have been killed in attacks and during anti-Israeli protests. Among the causes of the turmoil…... [read more]

Meeting Obama for the first time since the signing of the Iran nuclear deal, Netanyahu said he backed a vision of “two states for two peoples” but maintained that any Palestinian state must be demilitarized and recognize Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people, a condition Palestinians have rejected. Patching up relations could help smooth the way for a new 10-year US military aid package, which Obama told Netanyahu he wanted to get a “head start” on negotiating. Israel, Washington’s chief Middle East ally, is seeking a record US$5 billion a year, according to US congressional sources. Obama and Netanyahu, who have a history of testy White House encounters, showed no outward sign of tension, looking cordial and businesslike as they held their first face-to-face talks in 13 months. The meeting was clouded by an ongoing wave of Palestinian stabbing and shooting attacks that have Israelis on edge at a time when Obama has concluded that a peace deal is beyond reach during the final 14 months of his presidency. Obama condemned the latest wave of Palestinian violence and backed Israel’s right to defend itself but said he wanted to hear Netanyahu’s ideas for lowering tensions and “how we can make sure that legitimate Palestinian aspirations are met.”... [read more]

The State Department said Kerry will travel to Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Ramallah on a trip that will also include a stop in the United Arab Emirates to discuss the Syrian conflict. Kerry last met with Netanyahu in Berlin in October to try to end a spate of bloodshed and stop what Washington regarded as provocative statements by Israeli and Palestinian leaders over the management of Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque. With the latest visit, Kerry hopes to move things in a "more positive direction" and prevent the collapse of the Palestinian Authority, the official said. The talks will explore a "variety of ideas" on how to ease tensions, the official said without elaborating. The official said violence had abated somewhat over the course of a few weeks but picked up again in recent days, with the killing of five people in attacks in Tel Aviv and in the occupied West Bank. An American was among the dead. The official said it was not Kerry's intention to try to urge the sides to resume peace talks on a two-state solution. "There is no agreement to be reached between the parties now," the official said, adding: "There is nothing we're trying to get them to agree to, we're trying to encourage both of them to do the kind of things that will be helpful and in their interest and our interest in preserving stability." Kerry will urge the leaders to take concrete steps to restore calm, the official said. "We want to see…... [read more]

Russian President Vladimir Putin said the plane had been attacked when it was 1 km (0.62 mile) inside Syria and warned of "serious consequences" for what he termed a stab in the back administered by "the accomplices of terrorists". "We will never tolerate such crimes like the one committed today," Putin said, as Russian and Turkish shares fell on fears of an escalation between the former Cold War enemies. In a letter to the UN Security Council, Turkey said it had shot down the jet while in Turkish air space. Along with a second plane, the aircraft had flown more than a mile into Turkey for 17 seconds, despite being warned 10 times in five minutes while approaching to change direction, the letter said. "Nobody should doubt that we made our best efforts to avoid this latest incident. But everyone should respect the right of Turkey to defend its borders," Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said in a speech in Ankara. In condemnation of Russian air strikes in Syria, during which Turkish air space has been violated several times in recent weeks, Erdogan said that only Turkey's "cool-headedness" had prevented worse incidents in the past. Each country summoned a diplomatic representative of the other. Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov canceled a visit to Turkey due on Wednesday and the defense ministry said it was preparing measures to respond to such incidents. US President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande, meeting in Washington, urged against an escalation, while NATO Secretary-General Jens…... [read more]

The Russian Defence Ministry said one of its warships, the destroyer Smetlivy, had been forced to fire the warning shots on December 13 morning and that it had summoned the Turkish military attache over the incident. "The Turkish military diplomat was given a tough explanation about the potentially disastrous consequences from Ankara's reckless actions towards Russia's military contingent fighting against international terrorism in Syria," the Defence Ministry said in a statement. "In particular, our deep concerns about more Turkish provocations towards the Russian destroyer Smetlivy were conveyed." Earlier on December 13, the ministry said that the Turkish fishing vessel failed to respond to Smetlivy's warnings and changed course sharply only after shots were fired before passing within just over 500 meters of the warship. "Only by luck was tragedy avoided," the ministry said. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, who was in Rome for talks on Libya, said Ankara was investigating the matter and would make a statement once it had more information. He also reiterated Turkey's position that it wanted to resolve its difficulties with Russia. "We want to solve the tension with dialogue," he said, in comments broadcast by TRT Turk. The incident is likely to heighten tensions between the two nations who are seriously at odds over Syria and the Turkish shooting down of a Russian military jet last month. Russian President Vladimir Putin, who called the downing of the plane a "stab in the back", has since imposed economic sanctions on Turkey as a retaliatory measure. Earlier…... [read more]

Fitch upgrade Greece debt, sees steady improvment

TURKU: Police shot and wounded a suspect after a stabbing spree in which a man killed two people and wounded six others in the Finnish city of Turku on Friday (Aug 18). Finnish police patrol in front of the Cenral Railway Station in Helsinki on Aug 18, 2017. (Photo: AFP/Linda Manner) Within hours the force had announced increased police patrols across the country. "There are eight victims in the stabbing. Two dead and six injured," Turku police tweeted after the assault in a market square. A hospital official told journalists all the victims were adults. Police shot a suspect in the thigh minutes after the attack at another square nearby, arresting him and confiscating his knife. His identity has not yet been established, police said late on Friday, nor was the motive for the attack clear. Police described the suspect in custody as "a young man of foreign origin", providing no other details except to say they were collaborating with the Finnish Immigration Service. While security forces wrote on Twitter that police were "looking for other possible perpetrators", police told journalists it was likely there was only one attacker. Police assured Turku residents the city was safe on Friday evening. The stabbing spree comes with Europe on high alert a day after drivers slammed vehicles into pedestrians in two attacks in Spain, killing at least 14 people and injuring more…... [read more]

NDO - Politburo member and Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue had working session with leaders of the northern province of Hoa Binh on August 18. At the meeting, the Deputy PM expressed his appreciation for the efforts and achievements of Hoa Binh province, such as developing fruit trees, purple sugarcane, safe vegetables and highly effective economic models, in addition to their industrial development and developing services and tourism. In the first six months of 2017, the province’s economic indices were high when compared to the rest of the country. The locality has attracted many investment projects, contributing significantly to the development of the province. However, the Deputy PM also noted that the rate of poor and near poor households in the province is high in comparison to the national average. The province’s competitiveness index is also limited and the number of enterprises per capita remains low (approx. 315 people / business). He called on the province to focus on fulfilling its economic and budgetary obligations in 2017, whilst, at the same time, it is necessary to soon implement the recovery plan in 2018, with more effective solutions, in addition to strengthening the political system, streamlining staffing and consolidating the grassroots government system. The province should also continue to improve the business investment environment, improve competitiveness, develop more businesses, restructure the agricultural sector, apply science and technology to agricultural production and focus on villages to develop new countryside. On the same day, Deputy Prime Minister…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – Vietnam’s southern largest economic hub of Ho Chi Minh City and China’s Guangdong province hold a wide range of potential for stronger trade and investment ties, participants remarked at a conference held in the city on August 18. Chu Tien Dung, Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City Enterprises Association, said that economic relations between Vietnam and China have been developing positively, laying an important foundation for HCM City’s businesses and their partners in Guangdong to step up trade and investment cooperation in the time ahead. Ho Chi Minh City wants to increase their two-way trade value with Guangdong, as the city has a lot of advantages in producing electronic equipment and components, wood and wooden furniture, agricultural and aquatic products, garments and textiles. Meanwhile, Guangdong enterprises have opportunities to export advanced machinery, as well as materials used in agricultural and industrial production, to the Vietnamese market. Le Thi Quynh Mai, Deputy Director of the municipal Department of Planning and Investment, said the city wants to cooperate with its foreign partners, including those from Guangdong, to develop key industrial sectors, supporting industries, infrastructure, and green and renewable energy. She stressed that the municipal authorities are working hard to improve the local business and investment climate by accelerating administrative reform and offering tax and land incentives. Wen Zhi Yao, general secretary of the Guangdong trade promotion association, said that Vietnam is an emerging market in Southeast Asia, with various advantages, such as steady economic…... [read more]

Siam Cement Group (SCG) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) with PetroVietnam, aiming to reinforce the development of Long Son petrochemical complex (LSP) in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau. The signing ceremony was organised in the framework of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s visit to Thailand At the signing ceremony, another MoU was signed between SCG chemicals and PetroVietnam’s subsidiaries on exploring new opportunities together with a potential collaboration in petrochemical business in the future. Positioned as Vietnam’s first petrochemicals complex, LSP will be an important supplier for the manufacturing industry, which will support Vietnam’s industrial and economic development. The construction of the $5.4-billion Long Son petrochemical complex will resume before the end of this year. It will be installed with advanced technology, meeting environmental protection requirements and ensuring the production of high-quality products, such as PP and PE. The project will create about 15,000-20,000 jobs during its construction and over 1,000 jobs when put into commercial operation. The total olefins capacity is up to 1.6 million tonnes per year. The highlight of this project is the LSP technology featuring proven processes from leading world-class licensors. SCG, one of the leading conglomerates in the ASEAN region, comprises of three core businesses: SCG Cement-Building Materials, SCG Chemicals, and SCG Packaging. With more than 200 companies under its umbrella and approximately 57,000 employees, SCG creates and distributes innovative products and services that…... [read more]

Reaching 100 customer service centers has a become a milestone helping Hanwha Life to further expand its distribution system, provide better customer service, and increase its presence in the local life insurance market. Hanwha Life VN has 28,000 financial consultants providing insurance services for over 200,000 clients RELATED CONTENTS: Hanwha Life Vietnam and Shinhan Bank Vietnam sign bancassurance deal Hanwha Life Vietnam launches new comprehensive product package Hanwha Life Vietnam increase its chartered capital to $103 million Korea Life Vietnam renamed as Hanwha Life Vietnam The 100th customer service center was unveiled on August 17, 2017 in Duc Pho township, Duc Pho district, Quang Ngai province. Currently, Hanwha Life’s customer service system spans across North, Central, and South Vietnam. Back Jong Kook, chairman cum general director of Hanwha Life Vietnam, believes that the larger network will provide local customers easier access to the advanced life insurance products and services provided by Hanwha Life. It will also strengthen the firm’s visibility and promote its business in the time to come. Back also explained that expansion comes earlier than he previously expected thanks to the comprehensive preparation and good business performance since the beginning of the year. “Hanwha Life Vietnam’s highest goal is to become one of the top service quality life insurance firms. We will…... [read more]

Domestic and international experts in the sugarcane industry gathered at the fifth TTC annual international sugarcane conference in Phan Thiet City in Binh Thuan Province to discuss ways to help the Vietnamese sugarcane industry develop sustainably. Speakers discuss at the conference in the southern coastal city of Phan Thiet. - VNS Photo The conference, under the main theme “The restructuring of Viet Nam’s sugarcane industry”, was co-organised by the Viet Nam Sugarcane and Sugar Association (VSSA) and TTC Group on Thursday and Friday. The country’s sugar output hit nearly 1.2 trillion tonnes in the 2016-17 crop, VSSA reported. This is the third continuous decline in sugar output. Slow market consumption, high inventory, complicated sugar smuggling issues and ASEAN’s imposition of a sugar import tax rate of zero per cent after 2018 have created an urgent need for Vietnamese businesses to adapt, and have forced a rethink of the whole country’s sugar industry. As the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development implements a policy of restructuring the agricultural sector towards enhancing added value and developing sustainably, sugar companies are constantly innovating to promote internal strength, improving their competitive position domestically and internationally. However, as many difficulties and problems still exist, the Vietnamese sugar industry needs radical solutions to be able to grow. This year’s conference attracted more than 400 guests, including leading domestic experts, policymakers, research institutes, businesses and representative farmers in the…... [read more]

Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc expressed his hope that Thai businesses would make the most of co-operation and investment opportunities in Việt Nam, especially in the context of Việt Nam promoting mergers and acquisitions along with the equitisation of State-owned enterprises (SOEs). Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc addresses the “Việt Nam – Thailand Economic Cooperation Forum” held in Bangkok on Friday. - VNA Photo He made the remarks while addressing the “Việt Nam – Thailand Economic Co-operation Forum” held in Bangkok on Friday. PM Phúc was attending the event as part of his three-day visit to Thailand from August 17-19 at the invitation of Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. The forum, hosted by the Thai Business Association in Việt Nam, Thailand’s Kasikornbank (KBank) in co-operation with the Ministry of Planning and Investment of Việt Nam and the Vietnamese Embassy in Thailand, featured some 500 firms from both Thailand and Việt Nam. Phúc said Việt Nam was stepping up merger and acquisition (M&A) activities in combination with equitisation of State enterprises in transport, infrastructure, food, agriculture, telecommunication, trade, services, tourism and construction. The Vietnamese Government leader invited Thai businesses to become shareholders of Việt Nam’s State-owned groups and corporations. According to the PM, since the two countries established a strategic partnership in 2013, co-operation between Việt Nam and Thailand has flourished, with bilateral trade turnover increasing from US$5.78 billion in 2009 to $12.5 billion…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – President Tran Dai Quang and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, on August 18, sent messages of condolences to Spanish King Felipe VI and Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, over the terror attack in Barcelona on August 17 that killed and injured dozens of people. The same day, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh also extended his sympathy to Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Alfonso Dartis. The attack happened at a busy street in Barcelona, killing 14 people and injuring approximately 100 others. Also on August 18, Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang expressed his deepest sympathy to the State, Government and people of Spain and families of the victims. “Vietnam strongly condemns the act of terrorism in any form,” Hang said, stressing that such acts must be strictly punished in conformity with the law. She revealed that the Vietnamese Embassy in Spain reported that there has been no report on any Vietnamese victims in the attack, adding that the embassy is keeping a close watch on the development of the case in order to timely roll out the necessary measures in case there are Vietnamese citizens among the victims. The Embassy has opened a hotline in Spain at 0034 633185582, which operates in parallel with another line in Vietnam at 0084 981848484, to receive relevant information, she said. ... [read more]

NDO/VNA – President Tran Dai Quang and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, on August 18, sent messages of condolences to Spanish King Felipe VI and Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, over the terror attack in Barcelona on August 17 that killed and injured dozens of people. The same day, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh also extended his sympathy to Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Alfonso Dartis. The attack happened at a busy street in Barcelona, killing 14 people and injuring approximately 100 others. Also on August 18, Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang expressed his deepest sympathy to the State, Government and people of Spain and families of the victims. “Vietnam strongly condemns the act of terrorism in any form,” Hang said, stressing that such acts must be strictly punished in conformity with the law. She revealed that the Vietnamese Embassy in Spain reported that there has been no report on any Vietnamese victims in the attack, adding that the embassy is keeping a close watch on the development of the case in order to timely roll out the necessary measures in case there are Vietnamese citizens among the victims. The Embassy has opened a hotline in Spain at 0034 633185582, which operates in parallel with another line in Vietnam at 0084 981848484, to receive relevant information, she said. ... [read more]

Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue and Executive Vice President and Senior Executive Officer of Kirin, Keisuke Nishimura, at the meeting. — VNA/VNS Photo An Dang Japan’s Kirin Holdings Co. Ltd expects to make a long-term strategic investment in Sài Gòn Beer-Alcohol-Beverages Joint Stock Corporation (Sabeco), Viet Nam’s leading beer producer. Speaking at a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue in Ha Noi on Thursday, Executive Vice President and Senior Executive Officer of the group Keisuke Nishimura said he hoped to co-operate with Sabeco in studying the development of fresh fruit juice in the future. Hue has hailed Kirin Holdings Co. Ltd’s investment expansion in Viet Nam as the right decision since the country’s beer and beverage market boasts huge potential. Hue said the Vietnamese Government is sparing no effort in improving the business environment and increasing competitiveness, as well as creating the most favourable conditions for both domestic and foreign enterprises, he said. It is also stepping up the equitisation and divestment of State-owned enterprises, he said, adding that major brands such as Habeco, Sabeco and Vinamilk are part of the equitisation plan from now until 2020. Hue hopes that Kirin will expand its investment in the field of beverages, especially those made from fresh Vietnamese fruit. The Vietnamese Government encourages the sale and consumption of non-alcoholic and non-carbonated drinks. In Viet Nam, Kirin has co-operated with Interfood to develop the Wonderfarm brand name. As far as beverages…... [read more]

US launches formal trade investigation into China

VietNamNet Bridge – Nam Tra My District in Quang Nam Province will host the first monthly Ngoc Linh ginseng market from September 29 to October 1. Promising root: Ngoc Linh ginseng harvested at a mountain farm in Nam Tra My District.  The chairman of the district people’s committee, Ho Quang Buu, told Viet Nam News the market in the south central province would provide a meeting point for tourists, investors, traders and local growers of Panax vietnamensis, better known as Vietnamese ginseng. He said the market, to be held every month between the 10th and 12th, would help boost the sale of local medical herbs, farm produce and forestry products, as well as improve the living standard of ethnic groups in the mountainous district. “We will allocate the culture and sport centre in the district to display farm produce, ginseng and herbs at 20 pavilions. Villagers will bring their products to introduce and sell at the market under strict control of quality and brand,” Buu said. Ngoc Linh ginseng, grown both in Nam Tra My District in Quang Nam and Kon Tum Province in the Central Highlands, has been designated a national brand. Earlier this year, the district introduced the first ever Ngoc Linh ginseng and medical herbs centre in Tra Mai Commune as a major source of seed and saplings. The district plans to develop 15,000ha of ginseng farm in seven mountain communes by 2030. According to district authorities, more than 42,000ha of primary forests have been well preserved…... [read more]

President Donald Trump on Monday authorized an inquiry into China's alleged theft of intellectual property in the first direct trade measure by his administration against Beijing, but one that is unlikely to prompt near-term change. Trump broke from his 17-day vacation in New Jersey to sign the memo in the White House at a time of heightened tensions between Washington and Beijing over North Korea's nuclear ambitions. The investigation is likely to cast a shadow over relations with China, the largest U.S. trading partner, just as Trump is asking Beijing to step up pressure against Pyongyang. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will have a year to look into whether to launch a formal investigation of China's trade policies on intellectual property, which the White House and U.S. industry lobby groups say are harming U.S. businesses and jobs. Trump called the inquiry "a very big move." Trump administration officials have estimated that theft of intellectual property by China could be as high as $600 billion. Experts on China trade policy said the long lead time could allow Beijing to discuss some of the issues raised by Washington without being seen to cave to pressure under the threat of reprisals. Although Trump repeatedly criticized China's trade practices on the campaign trail, his administration has not taken any significant action. Despite threats to do so, it has declined to name China a currency manipulator and delayed broader national security probes into imports of foreign steel and aluminum that could indirectly affect China.…... [read more]

Trade tensions between the United States and China heated up on Tuesday as Beijing warned that it "will not sit idle" if a US probe into its intellectual property practices leads to sanctions. President Donald Trump's decision to order the investigation comes on top of strains between the two nations over how to handle Beijing's ally North Korea. Trump on Monday signed a memorandum directing US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to determine whether Chinese policies hurt American investors or companies -- with retaliatory measures a possible outcome. "We will stand up to any country that unlawfully forces American companies to transfer their valuable technology as a condition of market access. We will combat the counterfeiting and piracy that destroys American jobs," Trump said. "Washington will turn a blind eye no longer," Trump said, vowing to safeguard copyrights, patents and other intellectual property that are "vital to our security and to our prosperity". The president said the US would no longer tolerate Beijing's "theft" of US industrial secrets, long a concern of major foreign corporations seeking a share of the huge Chinese market. "We will engage in a thorough investigation and, if needed, take action to preserve the future of US industry," Lighthizer said. China's commerce ministry issued a statement voicing "serious concern" and warning that any US trade protectionism "will definitely harm bilateral trade relations". "If the US side take actions that impair the mutual trade relations, disregarding the facts and disrespecting multilateral trade rules, China will not sit…... [read more]

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump will sign a memorandum Monday that could lead to sanctions against China over its intellectual property practices, administration officials said on Saturday (Aug 12.) Trump will direct US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to determine whether any Chinese laws, policies or practices discriminate against or harm American innovators and technology companies. (Photo: AFP/Jim Watson) Trump will direct US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to determine whether any Chinese laws, policies or practices discriminate against or harm American innovators and technology companies, the officials said. If so, Lighthizer would have "broad powers" to seek remedial action. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, bluntly accused China of "stealing our intellectual property" - long a concern of Western companies seeking a share of the enormous Chinese market. The new measure comes amid high tensions between Washington and Beijing. Trump has accused China of failing to rein in the nuclear ambitions of its ally North Korea, even as he makes ever sharper threats against Pyongyang. The officials said that matter, and the trade issue, are not linked. The process Lighthizer will initiate, under Article 302b of the US Commercial Code, could take as long as a year to yield its findings. The latest step follows the opening by the Trump administration of several other investigations into Chinese commercial practices, notably in the steel sector. On Tuesday, Washington announced…... [read more]

Many farmers in the northern mountainous province of Lang Son have constructed an improvised cable car to carry custard apples from the mountains. Custard apple harvesting is taking place in Chi Lang District. Since early morning, many people come to local Lan Giao Mountain to harvest the fruit. Lanh Van Long, a local resident, said that it is very difficult to climb to mountains, so he can only pick up 6-8 baskets of custard-apples every morning.     Farmers in Lang Son Province invent cable car to carry custard apples Another local farmer named Hua Van Cuong said that his family grew around 500 custard apple trees covering a hectare on the mountain. After being harvested, custard apples are brought to Dong Banh Market for sales. People in Chi Lang have made a winch which they describe as a cable car to transport custard apples from the mountains to the ground. The tool is made from motorbike engines and cables. The cable length depends on different heights of mountains and can run up to 700m. The brake is used to adjust the speed. In 2011, the National Office of Intellectual Property of Vietnam issued a trademark for Chi Lang custard apples, aiming to raise the profile of Lang Son's speciality fruit and its value. Chi Lang District grew custard apples across 1,500ha by 2016.   …... [read more]

President Donald Trump warned North Korea again on Thursday not to strike Guam or U.S. allies, saying his earlier threat to unleash "fire and fury" on Pyongyang if it launched an attack may not have been tough enough. After North Korea disclosed plans to fire missiles over Japan to land near the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, Trump said the move would prompt "an event the likes of which nobody's seen before." He took specific aim at North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, saying he had "disrespected our country greatly. He has said things that are horrific. And with me, he's not getting away with it," Trump told reporters in New Jersey. "It's not a dare. It's a statement," Trump said. "He's not going to go around threatening Guam. And he's not going to threaten the United States. And he's not going to threaten Japan. And he's not going to threaten South Korea." North Korea's army will complete the plans in mid-August to fire four intermediate-range missiles over Japan to land near Guam, when they will be ready for Kim's order, state-run KCNA news agency said. The plans called for the missiles to land in the sea 30-40 km (18-25 miles) from Guam. "Let's see what he does with Guam. He does something in Guam, it will be an event the likes of which nobody's seen before, what will happen in North Korea," Trump said, without offering specifics. Shortly after Trump spoke, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis told reporters…... [read more]

U.S. trade officials have agreed to investigate Qualcomm Inc's allegations that Apple Inc infringed on patents with its iPhone 7 and other devices, the U.S. International Trade Commission said on Tuesday. The new iPhone 7 smartphone is displayed inside an Apple Inc. store in Los Angeles, California, U.S., September 16, 2016. The ITC will make its decision "at the earliest practicable time" and will set a target date for completing its investigation within the next 45 days, the commission said in a statement. Qualcomm filed the complaint in early July, asking U.S. trade regulators to ban certain models of the iPhone that contain so-called broadband modem chips, which help phones connect to wireless data networks, that were not made by Qualcomm. Apple began using broadband modem chips made by Intel Corp in the iPhone 7. Qualcomm has not alleged that Intel chips violate its patents but says the way Apple uses them in the iPhone does. "We look forward to the ITC’s expeditious investigation of Apple’s ongoing infringement of our intellectual property and the accelerated relief that the commission can provide,” Don Rosenberg, executive vice president and general counsel of Qualcomm, said in a statement. Intel declined to comment. Apple pointed to Chief Executive Tim Cook's earlier comments that Qualcomm had not yet offered it "fair and reasonable" licensing terms for Qualcomm's technology. "I don't believe anyone is going to decide to enjoin the iPhone based on that," Cook told investors in May on the company's earnings call, his most…... [read more]

The Vietnamese Chamber of Commerce in Singapore, known as VietCham Singapore (, was established in 2013 to support Vietnamese businesses with their regional and global expansion. VietCham drives bilateral and multi-lateral trade and investments in five countries On August 19, VietCham Singapore will host a workshop entitled “Singapore as a launch-pad for Vietnamese businesses” in Ho Chi Minh City, aiming to help local firms expand their horizon and move beyond boundaries ( The workshop will focus on establishing and operating company in Singapore, taxation, multilateral trade, banking facilities, capital mobilisation, initial public offerings, and mergers and acquisitions in both Singapore and Vietnam. Over the years, VietCham Singapore has been supporting various Vietnamese firms to reach out to regional and global market through Singapore gateway. According to Dr. David Nguyen Quang Vu - VietCham Singapore’s president, his organisation’s goal is to enable Vietnamese businesses with setting up and maintaining companies in Singapore, obtaining all necessary licences and certificates, product distribution and marketing, exhibition, tradeshow and roadshow, business matching, market research and business intelligence, trademarks and   intellectual property protection, wealth and asset management, deal-making, M&A and corporate advisory. “In Singapore, most procedures and applications can be processed online, helping to save time and travel. Businesses may acquire Singapore business licences within 24 hours,” Vu said at a recent workshop on export promotion via Singapore in the Mekong Delta region this April. VietCham Singapore…... [read more]

NDO - The EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), which is considered a comprehensive trade agreement covering a wide area of sectors and also has an equal elimination of tariffs from both sides, is anticipated to bring about benefits and opportunities for both economies in multiple ways throughout the years. According to the agreement, the EU and Vietnam has committed to further market access and the removal of over 99% of tariffs on industrial and agricultural products, in addition to zero-duty Tariff Rate Quotas on a number of goods including clothing, footwear, seafood, tropical agricultural products, furniture and others which will come from Vietnam and automobiles, machinery, equipment, beverages, medicine, and temperate agricultural products and others which will come from the EU. In addition, the two sides' commitments on services sectors go largely beyond both WTO commitments and any other FTA that Vietnam has concluded. Therefore, EU companies will have more benefits when investing and doing business in the Vietnamese market, particularly in the sectors of their strength which include finance, banking, insurance and maritime transport. Vietnam's commitments to ensure an open and transparent investment and business environment will help to boost high quality investment from the EU into Vietnam. With anticipated benefits from the agreement along with the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community in late 2015, Vietnam will have an opportunity to become a hub of trade and investment between the EU and ASEAN countries. Furthermore, Vietnam has made commitments in regards to new areas which include government procurement,…... [read more]

Three top Democratic senators, in a rare show of bipartisanship, on Wednesday urged U.S. President Donald Trump to stand up to China as he prepares to launch an inquiry into Beijing's intellectual property and trade practices in coming days. "We should certainly go after them," said Schumer in a statement. Senators Ron Wyden of Oregon and Sherrod Brown of Ohio also urged Trump to rein in China. Tensions between Washington and Beijing have escalated in recent months as Trump has pressed China to cut steel production to ease global oversupply and rein in North Korea's missile program. Sources familiar with the current discussions said Trump was expected to issue a presidential memorandum in coming days, citing Chinese theft of intellectual property as a problem. The European Union, Japan, Germany and Canada have all expressed concern over China's behavior on intellectual property theft. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer would then initiate an investigation under the Trade Act of 1974's Section 301, which allows the president to unilaterally impose tariffs or other trade restrictions to protect U.S. industries, the sources said. It is unclear whether such a probe would result in trade sanctions against China, which Beijing would almost certainly challenge before the World Trade Organization. The Chinese Embassy in Washington said in a statement to Reuters that China "opposes unilateral actions and trade protectionism in any form." Leverage for negotiations U.S. Section 301 investigations have not led to trade sanctions since the WTO was launched in 1995. In the 1980s,…... [read more]

Dozens of nationalities among Spain attack victims

The twin vehicle attacks in Spain that left 14 dead and over 100 more injured in a bustling tourist area of Barcelona and the nearby seaside resort of Cambrils affected people of some three dozen nationalities.


— United States

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said at least one American was killed.

— Canada

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said one Canadian was killed and four others were injured.

— Argentina

Argentina’s foreign ministry said a 40-year-old woman, Silvina Alejandra Pereyra, who had dual Spanish-Argentinian citizenship was among the dead. She had lived in Barcelona for a decade.

— Italy

Rome said two Italians were among the Barcelona dead.

One was named by computer company Tom’s Hardware as its employee Bruno Gulotta, who worked in sales and marketing.

The 35-year-old had been on holiday in Barcelona with his wife and their two young children, the company announced, saying they were in mourning for their “friend and colleague”.

Italian media reported that Gulotta had been holding five-year-old son Alessandro’s hand just before he was hit by the van. His wife Martina had one-year-old daughter Aria in a baby carrier and managed to pull her son out of the way too.

— Belgium

A woman from Tongres in eastern Belgium, visiting Barcelona with her family, was killed, the Belgian foreign minister said.

— Portugal

A 74-year-old Portuguese woman was among the dead, according to the government.

Scene after Barcelona attack. Photo by Reuters

Scene after Barcelona attack. Photo by Reuters


— France

France appears to have the most injured in the attack. Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said 28 French nationals had been injured, with eight of them in a serious condition.

— Germany

Foreign ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer said 13 Germans were injured in the Barcelona attack, some of them “fighting for their lives”.

He said he could also not rule out that there may be Germans among the dead.

— Ireland

A family of four Irish citizens needed hospital treatment after the attack, Dublin said. The parents were originally from the Philippines, and Manila said its honorary consul in Barcelona had been to check on them.

— Britain

British Prime Minister Theresa May said in a televised address that “a number of British nationals were caught up in the attack,” but provided no other details on the number of wounded.

She also mentioned that authorities “are urgently looking into reports of a child believed missing, who is a British dual national”.

— Netherlands

Three Dutch people were wounded, all of whom are out of danger, the government said.

— Belgium

There are two Belgians among the wounded, one in a serious condition, according to Foreign Minister Didier Reynders.

— Romania
Three wounded — two men aged 33 and 42 who are in a stable condition in hospital and another who suffered only minor injuries.

— Australia

Three wounded, according to the Australian government.

— Greece

Two children wounded along with their mother, who has German nationality. The father was unhurt but is in shock, Greek officials said.

People react in the area where a van crashed into pedestrians at Las Ramblas street in Barcelona, Spain August 18, 2017. Photo by Reuters/Sergio Perez

People react in the area where a van crashed into pedestrians at Las Ramblas street in Barcelona, Spain August 18, 2017. Photo by Reuters/Sergio Perez

— Morocco

Three Moroccans were injured including a six-year-old child who is in a “critical condition”, the foreign ministry said.

— Cuba

Four Cubans were injured in Barcelona, and another lightly hurt in the second attack in the resort town of Cambrils, according to the official Cubadebate website.

— Rest of Europe

One person each from Hungary, Macedonia, Austria and Turkey was injured.

— Asia

Two Taiwanese people were wounded as well as one person from Hong Kong.

Catalan authorities said people with Spanish, Algerian, Argentinian, Canadian, Chinese, Colombian, Dominican, Ecuadorean, Egyptian, Philippine, Honduran, Kuwaiti, Mauritanian, Pakistani, Peruvian, and Venezuelan nationality were also among the victims.

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NDO – A recent survey on business confidence conducted by the Vietnam Private Sector Forum (VPSF) showed that the confidence of private business leaders continues to increase, as the private sector is increasingly asserting its important role in Vietnam's economic growth in the near future. However, there remain a number of barriers causing difficulties for businesses in their operations. Each industry has its own problems but the common concerns arise from complex administrative procedures and constraints during access to financial sources. Don Lam, General Director of VinaCapital Group said that Vietnam has made great efforts to improve its business environment, evidenced by Vietnam's rankings which, according to the business environment rankings conducted by the World Bank, have improved. However, up to 50% of enterprises surveyed by the VPSF confirm that regulatory barriers are causing problems for private enterprises. In particular, overlapping, unclear and inefficient regulations have caused the private sector to suffer informal additional costs and have proved to be time-consuming. This problem has led to a significant decline in the sector’s competitiveness. Ho Sy Hung, Head of the Enterprise Development Agency under the Ministry of Planning and Investment, said that while the efficiency of business production and operation remains limited, the private sector is increasingly contributing to the socio-economic development. However, over the past few years, the size of private enterprises has not improved, both in terms of capital and the average number of employees. Limited capital size is one of the major obstacles preventing private enterprises from taking…... [read more]

Addressing the fourth congress of the association held in HCM City on Dec. 23, Acting Chairman Le Thanh Hai said the establishment of the eye bank would help expand the “Bringing eyesight for the poor blind” programme and ensure the performance of 30,000 surgeries per year. He also listed the other programmes it would carry out in the next five years under an overarching plan titled “All for poor patients” that seeks to continue to save lives and relieve the pain of the poor and disabled people in 35 cities and provinces. With the support of VinaCapital Group, East Meets West Foundation, and individual donors, an ongoing programme titled “Save the lives of 1,000 children born with heart disease” will be expanded to include more hospitals to the existing eight. As many as 5,000 wheelchairs will be donated to all disabled people living in HCM City per year. The “Sound and voice for the deaf and dumb children” programme will provide 2,000 hearing aids every year. The “Smile for the young” programme will provide free surgery to children with cleft palates, while the “Free meals for poor patients” programme will build a kitchen in every hospital to provide free meals to poor patients.... [read more]

Under the one-year cooperation agreement, VTCorp will not only provide consultancy but also become the main sponsor and co-organizer of Prospect V 2013 on sharing experience and supporting job skills to be held in London and Newcastle in the coming time. Vo Hien, President of VietPro said that the event aims to bring VietPro and the Vietnamese student community closer together and create favourable conditions for Vietnamese students to access the network of Vietnamese young intellectuals in the UK. Established in January 2010 with the assistance of the Embassy of Vietnam in the UK and North Ireland, VietPro represents Vietnam’s young intellectual community in the UK. Over the past 3 years of operation, VietPro has grown strongly from only 60 young intellectuals working mainly in economics and finance in London and over 500 students to 400 young intellectuals and 5,000 students across the UK. VietPro has brought benefits to the community through cooperation linkages and organization of events with the participation of many Vietnamese businesses such as VinaCapital Group, DongA Bank, Prudential Vietnam Company, Savills Group and Premier Oil Company.... [read more]

In the run up to the New Year, several major projects have been licensed for foreign direct investment, raising the total registered FDI in Vietnam during 2015 to about US$23 billion. On December 29, the authorities of Saigon Hi-tech Park in Ho Chi Minh City granted a license to the Republic of Korea (RoK)’s Samsung Group to raise the investment capital of its Samsung CE Complex (SEHC) project from US$1.4 billion to US$2 billion. The SEHC will facilitate the research, development, and production of hi-tech consumer electronic products and equipment. During the first phase of its strategic business plan, Samsung will focus on producing smart SUHD and LED TVs. The second phase will oversee the production of other consumer electronics products, such as washing machines, fridges, and vacuum cleaners. On December 28, the RoK’s biggest retail group Shinsegae officially launched its debut three-hectare Emart hypermarket in Ho Chi Minh City’s Go Vap district. The outlet has total investment of US$60 million. Emart Vietnam’s director Choi Kwang Ho told VIR that Shinsegae was also planning to build another outlet in the city’s Tan Phu district. On December 25, Vietnam’s largest US$10.5 billion FDI project-the Formosa steel complex and Son Duong deep-water port in the central province of Ha Tinh-churned out its first rolled steel products. These three consecutive FDI events meant that in 2015, Vietnam’s FDI climate was very positive, both in terms of registered and disbursed capital. Statistics from the Ministry of Planning and Investment’s (MPI) Foreign Investment Agency show…... [read more]

The Association of Vietnamese Investors in Cambodia (AVIC) has 47 members including CT Group, EVN International Joint Stock Co, Mai Linh Group, Dak Lak Rubber Co, Vinashin Oil and Gas Joint Stock Company, Sacombank and Vinacapital Group. It said it would provide information to Vietnamese investors about the socio-economic situation, co-operation and investment opportunities in Cambodia. It would also provide legal and organise forums and investment promotion seminars to enable investment in Cambodia. The association, headquartered in Hanoi, said it will also work to strengthen economic ties between Vietnam and Cambodia and support joint ventures by enterprises. The association was established by the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam and will be managed by the Ministry of Planning and Investment. Vietnam has invested US$900 million in 63 projects in Cambodia, making that country one of the three leading destinations for Vietnamese investment.... [read more]

VinaProjects is a real estate services company offering project and construction management, urban planning, and asset management services to the Vietnamese market. The joint venture plans to provide an international standard of service for real estate investors and developers in Vietnam, including VinaCapital Group. VinaProjects has begun the implementation of key urban development projects valued at over US$500 million in major cities across the country. Among the biggest are the Hanoi Time Square Complex, worth US$115 million, the World Trade Centre project in Danang, worth US$35 million, and the Dai Phuoc Lotus project, worth US$39 million. InProjects’s Managing Director Matt Fletcher says the Vietnamese market has enormous potential for growth. VinaCapital CEO Don Lam says the group will ensure that all its projects meet world-class standards.... [read more]

Two tourist resort projects were introduced at the exhibition including Danang Beach Resort and Dai Phuoc Lotus Urban Area – HCM City. Covering an area of 260 hectares, the Da Nang Beach Resort includes a five-star hotel, a conference centre, 400 luxury villas and two 18 hole-golf courses. The Dai Phuoc Lotus Urban Area – HCM City is located along a small branch of the Sai Gon River. The first phase of the 200-hectare project includes a residential community with 322 luxury villas. The urban area will be situated near Long Thanh international airport and link to HCM City centre through the Nhon Trach Bridge, the East West corridor and a ring road. VinaLiving is the first real estate trademark of the VinaCapital Group. Through the exhibition, VinaCapital hopes to affirm its commitments to long-term investment in Vietnam, especially projects in the central region.... [read more]

Stock exchange to enjoy growth in 2012: Minister Foreign investors currently own as much as US$6 billion in Vietnam’s stock market (77 percent in 20 largest stocks by market capitalization). According to the Vietnam Securities Depository (VSD), the number of new investors granted with transaction codes in January increased by 0.13 percent. The foreign sector tends to move from small retail transactions to bigger ones and increase their investment in large profit-making businesses with a reputation for transparent management, says VSD. Many foreign investment funds in Vietnam will hold shareholders’ meetings in 2012 and 2013 to decide if they will continue to invest in Vietnam or withdraw their capital from the market. Economists believe that there will be just a few foreign investors who want to withdraw their capital from the market. Most of them wish for a change in their way of investment. Louis Nguyen, CEO of the Saigon Asset Management, underlines the reason why foreign investors will continue to invest in the country as they expect to make a quick profit in 1 or 2 years. Vinacapital Group and Dragon Capital have announced their plans to invest US$100-150 million in the Vietnamese stock market. Marc Djanhji, Research Manager of Bao Viet Securities Company (BVSC), predicts that only a small number of foreign investors will withdraw capital from Vietnam. He says most of foreign investment funds tend to invest in a specific country, and the amount of capital withdrawn will be small (10-20 percent). This will not seriously affect…... [read more]

M&A in banking sector: pros and cons 2011 a busy year for M&A activity Vietnam now ranks eighth among Asia-Pacific nations which are bustling with M&A activity. The total value of M&A deals in 2011 reached US$4.7 billion, tripling the figure recorded in 2010. It is even predicted to rise 30 percent in the coming time. M&A deals involving Vietnamese businesses accounted for 77 percent of the total number, while foreign-related deals made up 60 percent of the total value. Most foreign businesses now tend to purchase domestic enterprises through major transactions. Japan tops the list of foreign companies buying Vietnamese enterprises, providing a continuous flow of investment into Vietnam. Two of the most remarkable M&A deals involve Mizuho - a strategic partner of Vietcombank and Unicham, which has bought a 95-percent stake of Diana. Andy Ho, Managing Director and Head of Investment of VinaCapital Group, put this down to the appreciation of the Japanese Yen against the US dollar which is encouraging Japanese businesses to increase overseas investment. In addition, he said, the cost of capitalisation in Vietnam is cheaper than in Japan and M&A transactions will help shorten the time for dealing with ground clearance and administrative procedures. Also in 2011, the consumer sector paid off well with its M&A deals reaching US$1 billion, or 25 percent of the total value. The banking sector also saw major M&A transactions including the merger of Sai Gon, De Nhat and Tin Nghia banks into a new one, called Saigon Joint…... [read more]

Bloomberg quote Tok Teng Sai, president of the Federation of Malaysian Bird’s Nest Merchants Association, as saying that the demand for bird’s nest, once reserved for emperors and their courts, has created a global market with annual revenue as high as US$5 billion that caters to Asia’s growing wealthy consumers. Vietnam is racing to catch up with Malaysia and Indonesia, the region’s top producers of the delicacy, and cash in on the demand, Tok said. The paper reported that in Vietnam, demand for bird’s nest is spawning a cottage industry that has attracted investment from VinaCapital Group Ltd., the nation’s largest fund manager, and helping mint new millionaires. Provincial governments are also jumping in to set up bird’s nest production zones to spur jobs and exports. In mid-2011, VinaCapital invested US$7.5 million in a bird house in central Vietnam with about 100,000 birds, one of the nation’s largest, said Dang Pham Minh Loan, VinaCapital’s deputy managing director. Vietnam’s bird’s nest industry, estimated to generate US$200 million in revenue a year, is increasing as much as 25% annually, Loan said. According to Bloomberg, authorities in Phan Rang-Thap Cham of central coastal Binh Thuan province are working on a plan to expand the local bird’s nest industry to 2.8 million birds by 2020. The largest bird’s nest house in the province now generates about US$50,000 of bird’s nest monthly.... [read more]

FDA expands use of AstraZeneca/Merck ovarian cancer drug

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday expanded the use of Lynparza, sold by AstraZeneca Plc and Merck & Co Inc, to include ongoing treatment of patients with recurrent ovarian cancer who have responded to platinum-based chemotherapy.

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A sign is seen at an AstraZeneca site in Macclesfield, central England April 28, 2014.

The agency also approved a new two-tablet regimen for the drug, regardless of whether patients test positive for BRCA genetic mutations associated with high risk for the cancer.

The drug was previously approved for treating advanced ovarian cancer in women who had stopped responding to at least three earlier rounds of chemotherapy.

Lynparza, known chemically as olaparib, belongs to a class of drugs called PARP inhibitors.

The broader U.S. approval makes Lynparza more competitive with rival PARP inhibitor Zejula, sold by Tesaro Inc, according to Baird Equity analyst Michael Ulz.

AstraZeneca announced last month a deal with Merck to develop and commercialize Lynparza, including in combination with other cancer drugs such as Merck’s Keytruda immunotherapy.

In an emailed statement, AstraZeneca said the companies plan to file sometime in the second half of this year for approval of Lynparza as a treatment for breast cancer. The drug is also being investigated in prostate and pancreatic cancer.

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Promoting tourism in central region

For women, only by men VietNamNet Bridge – Around 60km from downtown of capital Ha Noi, Trach Xa Village in Ung Hoa District has been known for making tradional long dress ao dai for centuries. Male bastion: For a very long time, only men were taught and allowed to make an áo dài in Trach Xa Village.--VNS Photo Doan Tung A strange feature of this fame, however, has been the fact that the iconic national dress for women was made exclusively by men. To this day, 90 per cent of the local tailors are men, owing to a long-standing rule in the region: the job was taught only to men. Explaining the special rule, Nguyen Van Nhien, 84, who has been an ao dai maker for 65 years, said that in the old days, local inhabitants had to go far away to work as dress makers to earn their living. Only men could travel thus. Women were not believed strong enough to travel so often and so far, so they stayed at home to do housework and farm work. Locals also believed that the ao dai designed and tailored by men was more beautiful than those done by women! However, the craft was first taught to the village’s inhabitants by a woman. Nguyen Thi Sen, a concubine of King Dinh Tien Hoang (AD924 - 979) became the first dress maker in Trach Xa after learning the craft from the King’s Palace in the northern province of Ninh Binh. She also…... [read more]

On July 11, 2017, THACO officially handed over 12 double-decker tour buses for Empire Group. These buses are dedicated for travel and are quite popular and familiar to visitors in London, Berlin, Barcelona, Hong Kong or Singapore. After over a year of research, THACO Research and Development Centre (R&D) has launched the double-decker tour buses (54 seats-42 seats on the upper deck and 12 on the lower deck) of European standards, applying the most advanced technology, manufactured with components imported directly from Germany, Japan, and South Korea, meeting strict quality requirements, and making the ideal vehicle for sightseeing activities in tourism cities. The bus consists of two decks with a roof top, clear space and visibility, a suitable choice for sightseeing. The bus is equipped with a mini bar, a multi-language touch screen system incorporating global GPS navigation which automatically provides destinations for foreign tourists. The body structure and chassis of the bus are designed by Full Monocoque technology, the most advanced technology in the world today. The Hino engines were imported from Japan. The six-speed automatic transmission system, front and rear axles, disc brakes, pneumatic suspension and steering systems, among others, were imported from ZF Group (Germany). The automatic transmission incorporates a modern hydraulic braking system, a pneumatic suspension system, combined with the Electronically Controlled Air Suspension (ECAS) from  Germany to keep the bus stable and safe in every road condition. This is a special dedicated…... [read more]

Viet Nam welcomed more than 7.2 million foreign tourists from January to July, up 28.8 per cent from the same period last year. — Photo baodulich The Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) will focus on tourism promotion activities abroad from now to the end of the year. The agency plans to organise a programme to promote Viet Nam’s tourist destinations in China, a leading market for the country’s tourism sector. Around 2.2 million Chinese vacationers visited Viet Nam in the first seven months of 2017, a year-on-year rise of 51 per cent. Between August 18 and 23, several tourism promotion events will be held in China, at Xiamen City in Fujian Province, Baotou City in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, and Nanchang City in Jiangxi Province. These events are expected to see the participation of 300 to 350 local travel firms. Besides China, the VNAT will carry out promotional tourism programmes in other markets such as Australia, Northern Europe, Japan, and the ASEAN region in August and September. The agency will also participate in major international tourism fairs such as the JATA Tourism Expo in Tokyo from September 21-24; the Top Resa Tourism Trade Fair in Paris from September 26-29; the International Travel Fair in Taiwan from October 27-30; and the World Travel Market in London from November 6-10. The VNAT is also simultaneously promoting tourism through websites, and, as well as social networks. Viet…... [read more]

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New destinations await in Hà Giang

New adventurous tours in the northern province of Hà Giang will open soon, giving tourists all the more reason to visit.

Breathtaking: A tourist looking down Tu Sản Canyon in Hà Giang Province. – Photo

This was unveiled at a conference to promote provincial tourism attended by local authorities and travel agents yesterday in Hà Nội.

Lùng Khúy Cave, Chiêu Lầu Thi Peak and Tu Sản Canyon are three attractive destinations to be presented to travellers, according to Đặng Quốc Sử, director of the Hà Giang Tourist Information and Promotion Centre.

Chiêu Lầu Thi is the second highest mountain in the province at 2,142m above sea level, Lùng Khúy is a newly-discovered cave with impressive stalactites, while Tu Sản Canyon is 800m deep and 1.8km long.

Some new tours will be offered including climbing, kayaking on the Nho Quế River and walking down Mã Pì Lèng Pass to Tu Sản Canyon.

“Hà Giang impresses visitors with its UNESCO Geopark Site – Đồng Văn Karst Plateau, steep hills, winding roads and the diversified culture of many ethnic groups,” Sử said.

“Provincial authorities pay special attention to promoting tourism as it is a key factor to develop the local economy sustainably and improve people’s living condition.”

The provincial Party Chief Triệu Tài Vinh said upgrading service quality and developing new tours is key.

“When I worked as head of Hà Giang’s Hoàng Su Phì District eight years ago, I rode a motorbike to visit all villages and communes and realised the landscape is spectacular but I didn’t know how to get tourists here because the infrastructure wasn’t developed, traffic was not convenient and locals didn’t know how to receive tourists,” said Vinh.

“Eight years later, everything has changed. Hà Giang is a stunning destination for both domestic and foreign tourists. Tourism is a key factor to develop the provincial economy.”

However, many attractive tourist areas haven’t been developed, he said.

“Through field trips, we acknowledged that tourists like to visit new and primary destinations that few people know about. That’s the reason why newly discovered caves and beauty spots are always attractive.”

“We prioritise promoting tourism as part of the development strategy of the province,” said Vinh.

“Developing tourism will be attached to preserving the local culture and identity, and protecting the environment.”

Trần Thế Dũng, vice director of Thế Hệ Trẻ Company from HCM City, has brought many tourists to Hà Giang in recent years.

He gave some suggestions to develop tourism such as using social networks, improving traffic to make roads to caves more accessible and opening tours connecting Hà Giang with Tuyên Quang, Cao Bằng and Bắc Kạn provinces to encourage tourists to stay longer.

“I also have some advice for foreign tourists to Hà Giang, they shouldn’t give money to the ethnic minority children, instead, I recommend that they organise charity trips.”

“To approach and understand the local culture, I advise tourists to adhere to the traditional customs of ethnic minority families when they visit, such as not talking loudly, not standing on the threshold of the house, not sitting with your backs facing the altars and not touching items on the altars or musical instruments inside the house.”

Dũng pointed out that foreigners need to obtain permits to enter border areas in Hà Giang and the process is time consuming. He suggested the process be done in Hà Nội to make it more convenient for foreign tourists.

During the conference, Hà Giang’s Tourism Association signed a memorandum of understanding to work with partners in Hà Nội, Nghệ An, Ninh Bình, Hải Phòng, Quảng Ninh and Thanh Hoá provinces. Accordingly, they will exchange experience and information in promoting tourism and hold training courses on tourism.

On the occasion, the provincial Department of the Culture, Sports and Tourism also introduced the publication Reliable Addresses of Hà Giang Tourism to honour excellent tourism businesses and help visitors find the best products in Hà Giang.

Hà Giang received 469,000 tourists, including 85,000 foreigners, in the first half of this year, 11.2 per cent more than the same period last year. The province aims to welcome 1.5 million tourists in 2020.

Takahashi Ayumi, head of Japan National Tourism Organisation in Việt Nam, said Hà Giang is an attractive destination to Japanese tourists and he expected that Vietnamese and Japanese partners will enhance co-operation in tourism.

Source VNA

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