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PM meets Vice President of Cambodia’s Senate

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc met with First Vice President of Cambodia’s Senate Ney Pena in Hanoi on Wednesday, the Government news website reports.

Ney Pena informed the Vietnamese government leader of the results of Cambodia’s commune and ward elections last June, in which the Cambodian People’s Party secured a big victory.

Phuc congratulated Cambodia on the election results, saying he hopes the upcoming Cambodian National Assembly’s election will be a great success.

First U.S. carrier visit to Vietnam planned for next year

U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and Vietnamese Minister of National Defense Ngo Xuan Lich, who is on an official visit to America from August 7 to 10, have agreed to arrange a first U.S. aircraft carrier visit to Vietnam, says a statement issued by the U.S. Department of Defense on its website.

According to the Vietnam News Agency, a U.S. carrier will visit the country next year, the first such visit since the Vietnam War ended in 1975.

The two ministers met on August 8 to discuss the growing U.S.-Vietnam defense relationship and regional security challenges, and agreed to deepen defense cooperation, including by expanding maritime cooperation. They also “directed their staffs to work toward arranging a first carrier visit to Vietnam once technical conditions permit,” says the statement.
The two leaders agreed that a strong U.S.-Vietnam defense relationship promotes regional and global security and that this relationship is based on mutual respect and common interests, including the freedom of navigation in the East Sea and globally, respect for international law, and recognition of national sovereignty.

Vietjet to open Hanoi-Kaohsiung air route

Low-cost carrier Vietjet Air on August 10 launched ticket sales for its new international route between Hanoi and Kaohsiung (Taiwan) with the price starting from only US$0.

Set to begin on October 29, 2017, the new service will meet strong demand of leisure and business travelers. The service will operate on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

With this new international route included, Vietjet has six air links between Vietnam and Taiwan.

Student sentenced to 12 years for murder

The People's Court of HCMC on Wednesday sentenced 16-year-old Nguyen Pham Quoc Binh, a ninth grader at Nguyen Van Troi High School in Go Vap District, to 12 years in prison for robbing and killing a classmate of his, Tuoi Tre newspaper reports. 

On January 12, 2017, Binh took his classmate Nguyen Thi Thu Hang, 15, to Ha Do apartment building for a date. While Hang was chatting on her smartphone, Binh used a stone to hit Hang in the head to death, took the phone and sold it for VND900,000 (about US$40).

He then came back and stuffed her body into a box to destroy the evidence but was caught by the building’s security guards.

TBA has new chairperson for 2017-2019

The Thai Business Association (TBA) has introduced Saranya Skontanarak, general director of  Siam Commercial Bank’s HCMC Branch, as its new chairperson for the 2017-2019 term.

The association has 218 members representing 97 companies in Vietnam and five companies in Thailand.

First flood control reservoir in HCMC put into use

HCMC’s first flood control reservoir on Vo Van Ngan Street, Thu Duc District was put into use yesterday after over one week of construction.

The reservoir was built by Japanese firm Sekisui and its Vietnamese partner VMC Group using Japanese technology. With a holding capacity of 109 cubic meters, it will help reduce flooding on Vo Van Ngan Street and store water for watering trees and firefighting.

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