Hanoi’s calm corner

Last update 09:00 | 10/09/2017

When visiting Hanoi, many people have the same feeling that the city is narrow, crowded, hurried and noisy. However, that is only true when describing Hanoi during the day. Hanoi at mid-night or early morning is a very different place.

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The peaceful and serene space of Ba Dinh square – Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum after the flag lowering ceremony  Continue reading “Hanoi’s calm corner”

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Logistics: Out to the world

Last update 15:07 | 10/09/2017

Despite being in its early stages of development, Vietnam’s logistics sector remains on the radar of foreign investors thanks to the country’s skilled workforce, relatively low costs, and rapid e-commerce development. 

Samsung signed an agreement to cooperate with the Minh Phuong Logistics Corporation, one of Vietnam’s leading logistics companies, in July, according to South Korean media, and this was not the first time it has announced an investment in Vietnam’s logistic market.

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Samsung said in a statement that it had closed a deal with Minh Phuong to establish a joint enterprise. This is the fourth time Samsung SDS has launched a joint enterprise in order to establish itself in an overseas market, and is the second time in Vietnam. Continue reading “Logistics: Out to the world”

Vietnam floating market struggles to stay above water

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A resident of a house boat yawns as he swings on a hammock on the vessel in a canal off the Song Hau river at the floating Cai Rang market in Can Tho, a small city in the Mekong Delta AFP/Roberto SCHMIDT

CAN THO: Fixing weighing scales used to be good business on Vietnam’s floating Cai Rang market, but the last repairman on the river now makes just a few dollars a month as modernity pushes traders to land.

Surrounded by dusty old scales on his cluttered houseboat, Nguyen Van Ut said vendors are giving up their boats for better lives on terra firma where supermarkets draw the traders who once thronged the waterway. Continue reading “Vietnam floating market struggles to stay above water”

Statue recalls the glories of the Lý Dynasty

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Piece of history: The original statue of the Việt people from 900 years ago. — VNS Photo Phạm Hoàng Văn

To many first-time visitors, Hà Nội seems to be a young city not only because of so many young people out on its streets, but also because of new buildings and supermarkets, shops and restaurants, colleges and libraries. Thousands of new buildings have sprung up in the past 20 to 30 years.

Many people, particularly expatriates, find it hard to look into the 1,000-year-old history to find traces of the many dynasties that had their capitals up and down the Red River. Continue reading “Statue recalls the glories of the Lý Dynasty”

Whiff of discontent as China bans imports of soft European cheese

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Delicacies such as brie and gorgonzola contain ‘too much bacteria’, officials say, sending expats scrambling to buy up remaining stocks

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Soft cheeses such as brie are to be banned from being imported into China. Photograph: Cate Gillon/Getty Images

Soft European cheese has fallen on hard times in China. Customs officials have banned a host of soft, mould-ripened cheese for containing “too much bacteria”, with authorities reportedly alarmed the mould contained colonies of bacteria that had not been officially approved.

The ban mainly affects French and Italian cheese, including brie, camembert, gorgonzola and roquefort, as well as the English delicacy stilton. Continue reading “Whiff of discontent as China bans imports of soft European cheese”

Cambridge University Press headed for showdown with China over censorship

Following protests last month, Cambridge University’s publishing house reversed its decision to censor articles in academic journal China Quarterly

Cambridge University Press, publishing arm of the University of Cambridge, is refusing a Chinese request to block academic articles.
Cambridge University Press, publishing arm of the University of Cambridge, is refusing a Chinese request to block academic articles. Photograph: How Hwee Young/EPA

Cambridge University Press [“CPU”] is heading for a showdown with Chinese authorities after the government reaffirmed its commitment to block certain content following an outcry last month when it was revealed the publisher has restricted articles in China. Continue reading “Cambridge University Press headed for showdown with China over censorship”