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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

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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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Vietnam bucks global trends by boosting coal use

Vietnam has been singled out in a global environmental report for seeing the world’s highest increase in coal-generated electricity as other countries are abandoning...

RCEP members lure back India

Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are underway with the crafting of measures to resolve the recent exit of India from...

Mekong nations face severe drought made worse by dams

The four lower Mekong River basin countries of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam should expect severe to extreme drought—compounded by dams—to persist until January,...

Singapore and Vietnam fintech lead investor funding in 2019

Vietnam and Singapore commanded the lion’s share of money raised for the first nine months of 2019, making up 87% of the US$1.14 billion...

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