Vietnamese tour operator Saigontourist has been slapped with a hefty fine for issuing pamphlets that contain a map depicting the invalid “nine-dash line” used by China to support their illegal claims to the East Vietnam Sea. The violating pamphlets advertise attractions in China’s Fenghuang (Phoenix) Ancient Town and Zhangjiajie City. On the back of the pamphlets, domestic and international flight routes connected to the Zhangjiajie Hehua International Airport are illustrated on a map of China that includes the illegal “nine-dash line”. The U-shaped line is an arbitrary demarcation line used on Chinese maps to illustrate Beijing’s illegal and unilaterally declared claims to vast expanses of the East Vietnam Sea, including large swathes of Vietnam’s Continental Shelf. Inspectors from the Ho Chi Minh City Tourism Department found pamphlets containing the illicit map at a sales office of Saigontourist on Thursday after conducting an … [Read more...] about Vietnam fines holiday firm Saigontourist over pamphlets with illicit ‘9-dash line’ map
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Billion-dollar smart city will express the spirit and vision of a new Hanoi Vietnamese developer BRG Group and Japan’s Sumitomo Corporation have officially announced their US$4.2 billion smart city project on the outskirts of Hanoi. Through a 50/50 joint venture, a whopping 270 hectares of land located some 20 minutes from the city will begin development early next year and is expected to be complete by 2028. The smart city will be state of the art in that it will employ Industry 4.0 technology such as the Internet of Things to ensure energy is conserved. It will also feature surveillance cameras that come with the capabilities to recognise faces together with AI. Reality a long-term vision Marking the first milestone of the North Hanoi Smart City Project just before the 65th anniversary of Hanoi’s Liberation on October 10, Nguyen Thi Nga, chairwoman of BRG Group said, “We build a smart city not for our generation, but for many Vietnamese generations of the future. … [Read more...] about VIETNAM NEWS HEADLINES OCTOBER 16
Plastics industry confident of achieving 3.2 billion USD export target The local plastic industry, with solid growth in shipments, will surely meet its yearly export target of 3.2 billion USD, according to the Vietnam Plastics Association. According to Ho Duc Lam, its chairman, said exports saw impressive growth last year to 3 billion USD while overall revenues jumped to 12 billion USD. “Exports in the first nine months of the year increased by 5 percent and will continue to enjoy good growth in the rest months of the year. “The US-China trade war has offered opportunities to Vietnamese plastics firms to boost exports.” According to the association, exports go to more than 150 countries and territories, with the US and Japan being key markets. In the domestic market, some industries, even those such as aerospace which use high-grade materials, are shifting to plastic products, and as a result sales have grown rapidly, Lam said. Locally-made plastic products are … [Read more...] about VIETNAM BUSINESS NEWS HEADLINES OCTOBER 16
Several expats living in Vietnam have shared their stories about Christmas celebrations with Tuoi Tre News as the holiday nears. Kim Cheng, from San Diego, California, USA My husband and I have been living in Vietnam for over six years, and I've celebrated four memorable Christmases and New Year's holidays in Ho Chi Minh City. I remember my first Christmas in Vietnam. It was December 24, 2008 and Vietnam had just won the AFF Championship. Most of Le Duan Street and the area surrounding the Notre Dame Cathedral had thousands of motorbikes with fans cheering and waving Vietnamese flags. Then, just before midnight, there was a wave of silence. It was really cool to see a mass of people become so quiet that you could hear a pin drop. The weather in the city during December is similar to the weather in my hometown most of the year. This year, a small group of friends and I will have Christmas Eve dinner at Saffron restaurant. We're also doing a fun Secret Santa gift exchange. We have a … [Read more...] about That’s how they celebrate Christmas in Vietnam, how about you?
A policeman controls the traffic flow on a street in Hanoi (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) - Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has sent a message to ministries and localities ordering them to ensure road safety during the coming holiday. Vietnam will have a three-day holiday from August 31 - September 2 to celebrate National Day (September 2) and the new school year on September 5. The message was sent to the ministries of public securities, transport, information and communications, the National Committee for Traffic Safety and provincial and municipal people’s committees. In the message, PM Phuc said efforts are needed to improve the capacity of public transport services to meet increasing demand for travel during the holidays. The ministries should closely manage coaches, terminals, stations and airports to reduce traffic jams, delays and illegal price hikes, the PM said. Phuc asked the ministries and agencies to provide information on traffic safety and accident prevention to … [Read more...] about PM urges traffic safety for National Day holiday