Vietnam stigmatises LGBT children: HRW

Myths about sexual orientation and gender identity in Vietnam are fuelling violence and discrimination, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report...

ADB extends $2M assistance to combat coronavirus

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has shelled out $2 million in fresh funds to support efforts in combating the spread of the 2019 novel...

Vietnam’s GDP growth forecast robust for 2020

Vietnam could expect a GDP growth rate of 6.76 percent this year, according to the National Center for Socio-Economic Information and Forecast (NCIF) under...

“Made in Vietnam” for the wrong reasons

Vietnam may be tapped as clear beneficiary of the ongoing trade war, but it also faces significant headwinds to its export sector. This Southeast Asian...

Vietnam is SEA’s third most active tech ecosystem

Using a mobile app, truck drivers in Vietnam can now opt to pick up cargo from nearby locations on their empty vehicles during their...

Buoyant Vietnam leads Asean for investment 

An Asia-Pacific study says Vietnam remains a leading destination for foreign direct investment.  More than 1,000 employers contributed to the PwC survey “Doing business across...

Vietnam calls for restraint in South China Sea 

Vietnam has asked Beijing to show restraint in the South China Sea next year after a Chinese oil drill-ship and its naval escorts spent...

Masatsugu Asakawa is new ADB head

Masatsugu Asakawa is the new president of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Asakawa, who is currently serving as a special advisor to Japan’s prime minister...

Essex tragedy: last of ashes and bodies sent home to Vietnam

Cremated remains and bodies of victims of the Essex deaths have finally returned in full to Vietnam. Seven had been cremated in the UK before...

Thailand’s fragrant rice falls behind peers’

Failure to win the World’s Best Rice award for two consecutive years has jolted Thailand—the home of the Hom Mali (jasmine) rice—to overhaul its...

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