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Dragon fruits exported through border gate

More than 4,000 tons of Vietnamese dragon fruits worth over US$20 million has been exported through Kim Thanh border gate since late April 2017, said the customs office in Lao Cai Province.

Those dragon fruits came from central and southern provinces and were mainly exported to China. According to Nhan Dan newspaper, the reason for the export increase through this border gate is Vietnam and China have agreed to allow container trucks to cross Kim Thanh bridge.

Currently, 400-600 tons of dragon fruit is transported through Kim Thanh border gate a day.

Four kilos of rhino horn smuggled into HCMC

Two Vietnamese on Wednesday were caught trafficking eight pieces of rhino horn weighing a total of four kilos after their arrival at Tan Son Nhat International Airport from Africa, Sai Gon Giai Phong newspaper reports.

This amount of African white rhino horn is worth nearly VND8 billion (about US$350,000). It concealed inside the smugglers’ luggage.

The customs office at the airport is working with law enforcement agencies to prosecute the two passengers.

Eastar Jet opens air route to Danang       

South Korean air carrier Eastar ​Jet on Wednesday launched Incheon-Danang service with three flights a day. This is Eastar ​Jet’s second route to Vietnam after its Incheon-Hanoi run, which was launched in January 2016.

Eastar ​Jet’s maiden flight using Boeing 787-900 aircraft configured with 189 seats departed from Incheon at 6:30 p.m. and landed in Danang at 9:30 p.m., Vietnamplus news website reports.

The airline plans to open more air routes to Cam Ranh, Phu Quoc and HCMC in the coming time.

CA-MEXPO 2017 kicked off in Hanoi

CA-MEXPO Mechanical and Electronic Products Exhibition 2017 was inaugurated on June 15 at the Hanoi International Convention and Exhibition Center, Vietnamplus news website reports.

CA-MEXPO 2017 features machinery, equipment, electronics and electrical appliances, and promotes economic, trade and investment cooperation between Vietnam and China.

The expo is jointly held by the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Vietnam and China-ASEAN Expo Secretariat, with 250 booths of over 100 businesses from both countries.

China’s East Sea actions need to be responsible, constructive

As a world power, China needs to act in a responsible and constructive manner to maintain peace and stability in the region and in the East Sea on the basis of complying with international law, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang said.
Hang made the statement at the ministry’s regular press conference on June 15 in reply to a question about news that China is in the process of militarizing man-made islands in Truong Sa (Spratly) and Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelagoes, reports the Vietnam News Agency.
“Vietnam has sufficient legal and historical evidence of its sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagos,” she stressed.
Any activities by foreign countries in Hoang Sa and Truong Sa without Vietnam’s permission are illegal and cannot change the fact that Vietnam has sovereignty over the two archipelagos, she noted.

Major thermal power plant to go up in Ba Ria-Vung Tau

General Electric Corporation 3 under Vietnam Electricity Group (EVN) will build Long Son thermal power plant at a total cost of US$4.39 billion in the southern province of Ba Ria–Vung Tau, according to the Vietnam News Agency.
The 3,600MW facility is designed to ease power shortages and improve power supply in the country’s southern region in 2020-2030.
It will cover 132 hectares in Long Son Commune.
Long Son power plant is expected to provide 21 billion kWh of electricity a year for the national grid and contribute about VND4.1 trillion (US$181 million) a year to the State budget when it is up and running.

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