Vietnam pins high hopes on trade with U.S. Dinh Hiep HCMC – Despite imminent changes in economic relations due to uncertainties surrounding the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, Vietnamese enterprises are still confident in stronger trade ties with the U.S., said experts at a conference in HCMC on December 20. Pham Phu Ngoc Trai, chairman of Global Integration Business Consultants (GIBC), said Vietnamese businesses hope the U.S. will remain the biggest importer of Vietnam in the next 20 years. Two-way trade between Vietnam and the U.S. increased five times from US$8.81 billion in 2006 to US$45 billion last year. For HCMC alone, bilateral trade rose from US$5 billion in 2012 to US$8 billion in 2016. “HCMC looks to continue receiving investments from the U.S. and expects the U.S. to soon become its top investor,” Le Thanh Liem, vice chairman of the city government, told the conference on business interaction between Vietnam and the U.S. after 2016, which was … [Read more...] about Vietnam pins high hopes on trade with U.S.
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Local reporter shows U.S.-themed documentary in town Kieu Giang By Kieu Giang in HCMC The American Center and the U.S. consulate general in HCMC will host a screening of documentary My Du Ky (U.S. travel story) by reporter/writer/director Vo Dac Danh at 1:45 p.m. on Friday at Diamond Plaza downtown. Film fans can watch the movie which features popular sightseeing spots in major cities of the U.S. and meet with the author. Danh, born 1960 in the Mekong Delta province of Ca Mau, joined the Vietnam Writers’ Association in 2008. He was a journalist for Minh Hai, Dat Mui, Nguoi Lao Dong, Phap Luat and Sai Gon Tiep Thi newspapers and has published numerous books including Noi niem U Minh Ha (sentiments about U Minh Ha) (2001); Dong co chat (acrid meadow) (2004); The gioi nguoi dien (a world of madmen) (2007) and Canh bac (gamble) (2009). During his 20-year-career, Danh is known for his notes on the life of southern farmers and people respect him due to his profound knowledge … [Read more...] about Local reporter shows U.S.-themed documentary in town
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter warned on Saturday that Beijing's island-building in the South China Sea was undermining security in the Asia-Pacific and he called for a diplomatic push to solve the territorial dispute that is driving China's effort. Carter, speaking to top defense officials from across the Asia-Pacific, acknowledged that several countries had created outposts in the region's disputed islands, but he said the scope of China's activity created uncertainty about its future plans. "China has reclaimed over 2,000 acres, more than all other claimants combined ... and China did so in only the last 18 months," Carter told the Shangri-La Dialogue security forum. "It is unclear how much farther China will go." He said the United States was "deeply concerned" about the scale of China's land reclamation and the prospect of further militarization of the islands, saying it would boost "the risk of miscalculation or conflict." A Chinese military delegate to the forum said the … [Read more...] about U.S. defense chief says China’s island-building erodes security
Vietnam’s Son Doong Cave is called “An Alien World” and its photo has been published on well-known U.S. magazine National Geographic Traveler’s website, which promotes beautiful landscapes around the world, the Vietnam National Tourism Administration said on Wednesday. The photo, featuring some people climbing up one of the most impressive parts of the cave, which is surrounded by a stunning landscape and large jungle floor, was named “An Alien World” by foreign photographer Chris Miller. Son Doong Cave, which was explored for the first time in 2009, was also introduced as “the world's largest cave and is now opening up to very limited tourism,” according to the caption of Miller’s photo. Miller’s shot is one of the many outstanding pictures submitted to the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest and has been released by the organizer to attract more participants to join its event. The 26th annual competition, … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s Son Doong Cave captioned ‘An Alien World’ on famed U.S. site
Travel and tourism industries in the United States have faced major challenges over recent years. From the global financial crisis and volcanic ash over Europe, to oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and floods in Tennessee, travel has taken more than its share of hits. But tour operators are still optimistic about the future, and are making multiple efforts to restart and rebuild the inbound markets, according to speakers at the International Pow Wow 2010, the U.S. travel industry's premier international marketplace and the largest generator of visits to the country. "I'm rather optimistic as I talk to many people around the trade show floor about what's going on this first quarter, and what people are looking at for next year and the year after," U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow said during the three-day trade show that ended on Wednesday. Inbound travel to the United States declined by 5.3 percent in 2009 from a year earlier, while the world's entire international … [Read more...] about U.S. tourism industry makes multi-efforts to woo int’l visitors