APEC carried a lot of weight this year for Vietnam and Da Nang. Vietnam’s wish to wrap up the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal although Canada at some point wanted to back out for reasons unknown was the big item. The idea was the deal would act as a ‘counterweight’ to the immense power of Chinese economic influence. With the country hoping to expand export markets further, it would have been an unexpected blow had Canada really left the negotiation table. … [Read more...] about APEC and Damrey in Vietnam: Whew! It’s over!
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Bangkok (VNA) – Thailand on January 28 confirmed six more cases of a new coronavirus originated from Wuhan, China (2019-nCoV), bringing the total infections to 14. In a television broadcast on January 27, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said the government has taken full control of the situation. The government’s precautionary measures are in line with international standards and screening of international passengers is efficient, he said. Of the confirmed cases, five have recovered and been discharged from hospital while the rest are under close medical attention, the Thai leader noted. He went on to say that the country’s Public Health Ministry has heightened its public health emergency operation to level three, the highest level, to ensure all communities nationwide, as well as hospitals and airports, can respond to the severity of the outbreak. Other measures have also been undertaken at all five major international airports in Thailand, as well as … [Read more...] about Thailand confirms six more Wuhan coronavirus infections
Total retail sales of goods and services in the region exceeded 846 trillion VND (36.45 billion USD) in 2018, a rise of 8.38 percent year-on-year, making up 19.17 percent as compared with the national revenue. During the 2014-2018 period, the regional value grew 10.74 percent on average. … [Read more...] about Northern Key Economic Region needs momentum to grow further: experts
China's capital on Monday recorded its first death from a deadly coronavirus as it struggles to contain a rapidly spreading disease that has sparked global alarm, with countries scrambling to evacuate their citizens from the epicentre of the epidemic. … [Read more...] about WHO says still probing if Chinese virus can spread before symptoms
When his mother and grandmother took him to pagodas at a later age, he developed a passion for the Buddha or Bodhisattva statues he saw there. Although Duy had not yet learned to make clay statues, his simple AAt the age of 12, Duy’s father took him to learn the family’s traditional craft. In the morning, Duy went to school, and in the afternoon, he followed his father to learn how to make patterns, or mascots in pagodas and temples. … [Read more...] about Dang Dinh Duy: From buffalo herder to famed sculptor and art restorer