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Friday, April 10, 2020



Vietnam says up to half of seafood export contracts cancelled, delayed due to coronavirus

March 24, 2020 10:59 am

Seafood and other aquatic products are among Vietnam's top exports to China and Europe, both of which have been hit hard hit as a fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.

EU's agreement with Vietnam shows how it could reach a deal with India 

February 21, 2020 10:34 am

The EU wants to expand its influence in Southeast Asia and counter China's growing economic, military and political clout in the region. Until now, China has been the main focus of the EU's engagement in Asia, and the Europeans are looking to diversify by strengthening their ties to other players in the region.

EU seen opening up trade to Vietnam, closing door to Cambodia

February 12, 2020 7:56 am

Cambodia was the second-highest beneficiary of the EBA in 2018, behind only Bangladesh. Its total exports to the EU reached 5.25 billion euros ($5.73 billion) in 2018, a 14% rise from 2016.

Moody's: Rising sea levels threaten sovereign credit ratings

January 16, 2020 12:01 pm

Climate science suggests that sea levels will continue to rise for decades, contributing to increasingly frequent natural disasters such as storm surges, floods, and cyclones, credit rating agency Moody's said in a report.

Christmas lights, tangled in trade war, show Vietnam’s struggle

December 26, 2019 10:12 am

In May the Trump administration slapped 25% tariffs on Christmas lights from China, up from 10% previously. The item isn’t covered by the phase-one trade deal the U.S. and China agreed on earlier this month.

Sunday Long Reads: How does literature fuel our wanderlust?

December 15, 2019 4:06 pm

How do readers travel the world? Do they go to new places, looking to retrace the adventures of their favourite literary characters? Are their perceptions of those places shaped by their reading? From tracing Goethe’s footsteps in Rome to seeking Octavio Paz in Mexico City, this issue looks at literary journeys and how they fuel our wanderlust. First up, Armistead Maupin’s San Francisco, which, like a declaration of love, allows you to reinvent yourself, no justifications needed

Revolutionary Road

December 15, 2019 8:16 am

Like the history of the land, like Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Sympathizer, learning to let go in Hanoi.

Viral video: Children skip using a dead snake as rope

November 21, 2019 3:35 pm

The three children are seen playing with the snake, with two of them holding the head and tail of the reptile, like a rope. The third girl is seen laughing as she jumps over it.

US to provide ship to Vietnam to boost South China Sea patrols

November 20, 2019 3:30 pm

China claims 90 per cent of the potentially energy-rich South China Sea, but Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also lay claim to parts of it, through which about $3 trillion of trade passes each year.

Most of 39 UK truck victims were likely from Vietnam, reveals priest

October 26, 2019 7:47 pm

Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc ordered government officials to help establish the identities of the victims and look into cases of Vietnamese citizens sent abroad illegally.


This Vietnamese entrepreneur is making straws out of wild grass

December 26, 2019 11:16 am

A Vietnamese entrepreneur Tran Minh Tien is promoting an environmentally friendly way to sip drinks by using grass stems to make reusable, biodegradable straws.

In the hands of the gods: Vietnam's Golden Bridge has giant support

August 02, 2018 9:10 am

In the mountains of central Vietnam, a colossal pair of hands lifts a golden thread of walkway high above the clifftops, as if the mountain itself has sprouted limbs.

Exploring Vietnam's food, people and places

November 18, 2014 11:15 am

Vietnam lies on the map almost like a S-shaped dragon, living with its folklore and legends side-by-side with technology and contemporary nuances. Here’s a primer on its food, people and places. Literally called ‘descending dragon bay’ Ha Long Bay in Quang Ninh Province has over 1600 islands and islets of limestone pillars. (Text and Images: Shiny Varghese)

Remembering Robin Williams, the boisterous comedy star

August 12, 2014 10:07 am

Robin Williams, a brilliant shapeshifter who could channel his frenetic energy into delightful comic characters like "Mrs. Doubtfire" or harness it into richly nuanced work like his Oscar-winning turn in "Good Will Hunting," died in an apparent suicide bid.