Sand mining ban needed to rescue Hoi An from watery grave – experts International

Experts have urged authorities in Quang Nam Province to ban sand mining in a bid to protect the popular tourist town of Hoi An from erosion, local newspapers reported. At a two-day conference that started on Thursday, nearly 100 Vietnamese and foreign experts discussed the threat of erosion that has been engulfing the 8-km (5-mile) coastline of […]

Vietnam requests Taiwan to stop repeated drills in the Spratlys International

By Khanh Lynh  &nbspMay 26, 2017 | 10:15 pm GMT+7 Image of Ba Binh Island (the biggest pictured) taken aboard the International Space Station. Photo by NASA The reapeated drills threaten peace and stability in the East Sea, Vietnam foreign ministry says. The Vietnamese government said Taiwan’s recent live fire drill around an island in […]

Vietnam requests Taiwan to stop repeated drills in the Spratlys International

By Khanh Lynh  &nbspMay 26, 2017 | 10:15 pm GMT+7 Image of Ba Binh Island (the biggest pictured) taken aboard the International Space Station. Photo by NASA The reapeated drills threaten peace and stability in the East Sea, Vietnam foreign ministry says. The Vietnamese government said Taiwan’s recent live fire drill around an island in […]

Vietnam’s government approves plan for $13.8 bln north-south expressway International

By Doan Loan  &nbspMay 26, 2017 | 03:43 pm GMT+7 The first stretch of the road will connect Hanoi with Hue by 2022. The Vietnamese government has approved a plan to build a north-south expressway from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City at a cost of more than VND312 trillion ($13.8 billion).  Prime Minister Nguyen […]

What the high-profile US navy patrol really means for Vietnam and region International

News of an American guided missile destroyer sailing close to a disputed reef in the South China Sea has received widespread coverage in the Vietnamese media, but analysts say it may be hasty to jump to conclusions on Washington’s unwavering commitment to the troubled waters. On Wednesday, the USS Dewey sailed within 12 nautical miles of […]

Taiwan’s gay marriage ruling raises hopes in Vietnam, China International

Challenges to an Asia-wide embrace of same-sex unions were highlighted by this week’s caning of two Indonesian men as punishment for gay sex and a South Korean military court’s jailing of a soldier for having intercourse with another man. In mainland China, two men lost a court battle to get married last year. But activists […]