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European Parliament holds hearing on EU-Vietnam FTA

The European Parliament (EP)’s Committee on International Trade (INTA) on October 10 held an opening hearing on the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and the Investment Protection Agreement (IPA) between Vietnam and the European Union (EU). Addressing the event, Head of the Vietnamese delegation to the hearing Deputy Minister of Industry …

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US defense chief to pay second visit to Vietnam this year

US Defense Secretary James Mattis visits a pagoda in Hanoi during his Vietnam visit in January 2018.

The visit comes as the US is pushing a new strategy to ensure a “free and open Indo-Pacific” region with partners such as India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam. US Defense Secretary James Mattis will visit Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s largest economic hub, on October 16-17, marking his second trip …

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Vietnam, Indonesia aim for breakthroughs in economic ties

At the talks

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Indonesian President Joko Widodo have stressed the need to create breakthroughs in bilateral economic cooperation, making it the main pillar of the strategic partnership between Vietnam and Indonesia. During their talks in Bali, Indonesia, on October 12, the leaders exchanged views on orientations to …

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Vietnamese warship joins international parade at sea

The 015 Tran Hung Dao docks in Jeju Island, South Korea on October 10.

A Vietnamese frigate participates in an international parade at sea Thursday with warships from 12 other countries. The 015 Tran Hung Dao, a Russian built Gepard-class frigate with advanced military equipment, arrived in South Korea Wednesday along with a Vietnamese delegation for the International Fleet Review, Bao Hai Quan (Vietnamese …

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Defense ministry cuts back on business activities

Soldiers hold rifles while marching during a celebration to mark Reunification Day in Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam April 30, 2015.

The Vietnamese military has successfully privatized 32 enterprises and divested all state capital from 10 joint stock companies. Major General Nguyen Van Duc, director of the Ministry of Defense’s department of propaganda and training, said Tuesday that the ministry has successfully completed the equitization of 32 enterprises out of the …

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Vietnam among world’s 7 best chef-led food tours

Vietnamese cuisine.

There are few better ways to learn about the culture of your destination than explore its cuisine, and these new food tours. Vietnamese cuisine along the Mekong has been ranked seventh among the best food tours that you can explore cuisine and culture at the same time, according to a …

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Vingroup retail arm acquires Vietnamese supermarket chain

People shop at a Fivimart supermarket in Hanoi.

VinCommerce, owner of the largest Vietnamese retail outlet chain, has bought out competitor supermarket chain Fivimart. The deal, whose value has not been revealed, delivers 23 Fivimart outlets to VinMart. VinCommerce, a member of the Vingroup business conglomerate, bought Fivimart from domestic company Nhat Nam JSC and Japanese retailer AEON, …

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