Vietnam Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang told the press on December 5 that Vietnamese authorities always supervise all activities in its territorial waters defined by international law including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. Regarding China’s deployment of surveillance balloons over Mischief Reef in the East Sea and Chinese Coast Guard vessels operating in the East Sea on November 29, the spokeswoman said Vietnam has sufficient legal and historic ground and evidence confirming its sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagos. Vietnam asked related parties to respect Vietnam’s sovereignty and jurisdiction rights and comply with international law and make responsible contribution to security, safety, peace and stability in the East Sea. … [Read more...] about Vietnam Foreign Ministry utters opinion on China’s activity in East Sea
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Luc Ngan develops citrus fruit into VietGAP and GlobalGAP standards. (Photo: bacgiang.gov.vn) Bac Giang (VNA) – Citrus farmers in the northern province of Bac Giang have been earning high incomes from growing oranges and grapefruit. They started growing citrus fruit in Luc Ngan district around ten years ago, and they have since become a local staple and won favour among the pickiest consumers nationwide. In recent years, the district has continued to expand its plantations and followed VietGap standards with the aim of exporting their products. Tran Thi Phin, a farmer in Truong Sinh village, Tan Quang commune, said her family cultivates Dien grapefruit and green-skin grapefruit on an area of 7,200 square metres, and pockets 300-400 million VND (12,900–17,200 USD) each year. Since 2017, the orchards have been developed in line with VietGAP standards, with processes such as fertiliser and pesticide use recorded daily, she added. In a bid to facilitate the sharing of … [Read more...] about Bac Giang farmers cash in on citrus fruit plantation
At the theoretical exchange workshop (Source: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Officials of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) and the Japanese Communist Party (JCP) convened their 9th theoretical exchange workshop as part of the Vietnamese delegation’s visit to Japan from December 2-5. The workshop was co-chaired by Secretary of the CPV Central Committee and head of the committee's Theory Council Nguyen Xuan Thang, and Standing Member of the Presidium of the JCP Fuwa Tetsuzo. During the workshop, the two sides compared notes on regional and global issues, focusing on analysing development trends and impacts to their revolutionary causes and responsibilities in the 21st century. In the framework of the workshop, Thang met with Chairman of the Presidium of the JCP Central Committee Shii Kazuo. The two officials expressed pleasure at the fine development of the traditional friendship between the CPV and the JCP, and agreed to continue implementing … [Read more...] about Vietnamese, Japanese communist parties hold theoretical talks
A snap shot of the PISA ranking of countries (Photo: oecd.org) According to the Ministry of Education and Training, the country scores 505 points (ranking 13th) in the reading test, 496 (ranking 24th) in maths, and 543 (ranking 4th) in science. PISA 2018 measures 15-year-olds’ ability to use their reading, mathematics and science knowledge and skills to meet real-life challenges in 79 participating countries and economies. The news has left many people raising their eyebrows while Vietnam was already among top 20 countries that had students gaining the best achievements under the PISA 2017’s ranking, which usually see the names of highly developed nations. This year edition of PISA results was issued on December 3 by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The education ministry explained there are two types of tests, paper-based and computer-based and Vietnam still hasn't switched to the newer form of testing. Vietnam … [Read more...] about Vietnam gets high scores but not named in PISA 2018 ranking
When news broke last week that one of Vietnam’s largest conglomerates, Vingroup, had plans to sell off its retail and agricultural arms to Masan Group, a major player in Vietnam’s fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) market, industry insiders were unsure what to make of the announcement. The official line from Vingroup is that the deal is expected to provide the company with the resources it needs to focus its energy on technology and production sectors. Meanwhile, Masan’s strong position in the FMCG market will allow it to fully leverage the massive retail network that Vingroup has built over the past few years. Under an agreement reached on Tuesday, Vingroup’s VinCommerce and VinEco arms will be acquired by Masan and incorporated into Masan Consumer Holdings, which is Masan’s consumer retail business. Vingroup will exchange its shares in VinCommerce for a minority stake in a grand new retail company to be formed after the … [Read more...] about Why did Vietnam’s largest conglomerate sell of its retail arm?