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Animated film 'Abominable' pulled in Vietnam over China's 9-dash line in map

Oct 14, 2019 - 4:44 PM

The U-shaped line appears on a map of the South China Sea in a scene in the film, which is about a Chinese teenager helping a yeti return to his home on Mount Everest

REVOKED. Vietnam revokes the license of 'Abominable' over a controversial scene. Still courtesy of Columbia Pictures

Keeping the thread alive at a Vietnam silk village

Sep 28, 2019 - 5:02 PM

'Production from the silkworm cocoons depends 90% on the weather,' says workshop owner Pham Van Ba, whose family has been spinning thread for 3 generations

This photograph taken on September 17, 2019 shows a worker seperating yellow silkworm cocoons in Co Chat village in Vietnam's Nam Dinh province. Cocoons bob over boiling water as silk is rapidly teased out, spinning on reels under the watchful gaze of women hard at work in Vietnam's Co Chat village, where households have been making thread for more than a century. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP

Trafficked to extinction: Vietnam, Taiwan, China

Sep 27, 2019 - 10:00 PM

Despite the scale of the pangolin trade, little is actually known about it, even among prosecutors and law enforcement officials in its key market: China

ANXIETY. A pangolin rescued in a sting operation in Guangzhou, China, earlier this year. A veterinarian who has been caring for her said the death of a fellow rescued pangolin had incurred anxiety in the remaining pangolins. © Sophia Zhang

Grab to invest $500 million in Vietnam

Aug 28, 2019 - 2:05 PM

Ride-hailing firm Grab is making a fresh investment in Vietnam for new services and expansion of existing offerings

LEGAL. Grab Philippines maintains that the P2/minute fare charge is legal. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Author Viet Thanh Nguyen talks Asian representation, life after a Pulitzer

Aug 26, 2019 - 2:00 PM

The author of 'The Sympathizer' talks about Asian representation in literature and why his next book will be about chickens

Australia urges 'sovereignty' as South China Sea tensions rise

Aug 23, 2019 - 2:48 PM

Scott Morrison's comments come after the US slammed China for its 'escalation' in the waterway, a key global shipping route where Beijing is accused of deploying warships, arming outposts and ramming fishing vessels

White House accuses China of 'bullying' in South China Sea

Aug 20, 2019 - 9:56 PM

'China’s recent escalation of efforts to intimidate others out of developing resources in the South China Sea is disturbing,' says US National Security Advisor John Bolton

ON SOUTH CHINA SEA. US National Security Advisor John Bolton accuses China of 'bullying tactics' in the increasingly tense waters of the South China Sea. File photo from AFP

Vietnam says China ships have left disputed sea after month-long standoff

Aug 09, 2019 - 9:06 AM

Hanoi confirms the Chinese vessels had left its exclusive economic zone, after weeks of repeated demands to vacate

RESOURCE-RICH. File photo shows the oil rigs in the South China Sea. Photo by corlaffra/Shuttterstock

Exploring Hanoi, Vietnam: Hidden gems, secret spots

Aug 06, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Planning to visit Hanoi soon? Here's a 4-day itinerary and travel guide to help you out!

Hanoi,Vietnam itinerary and guide. Photos by Jan Ricasio/Rappler

Aicelle Santos wins 2nd place in ASEAN+3 Song Contest in Vietnam

Jul 30, 2019 - 10:58 AM

Timmy Pavino and Steven Bedolido also participated in the competition

Nearly 400 Chinese detained in record Vietnam gambling bust

Jul 28, 2019 - 11:50 PM

Chinese and Taiwanese groups use Vietnam as a venue for online betting rings in recent years

Vietnam seizes 125 kilos of rhino horn hidden in plaster

Jul 28, 2019 - 3:02 PM

The 125-kilogram (275 pound) haul of rhino horn discovered at Hanoi's Noi Bai airport on July 25 is found after the carefully-disguised shipment arouses suspicion

RHINO HORN. This picture from the Vietnam News Agency taken on July 25, 2019 and released on July 27, 2019 shows customs officials at Noi Bai International Airport removing smuggled rhino horn pieces from packaging in Hanoi. Photo by Vietnam News Agency/AFP

Vietnam demands 'immediate withdrawal' of China ship in disputed sea

Jul 26, 2019 - 7:25 AM

'Vietnam has had several appropriate diplomatic exchanges... requesting immediate withdrawal from Vietnam's exclusive economic zone,' says its foreign ministry

New Facebook competitor in Vietnam swamped after launch

Jul 24, 2019 - 3:19 PM

Gapo has been billed as a local version of Facebook, which is wildly popular in communist Vietnam with more than 53 million registered users in the country of 95 million

GAPO. Photo from official Gapo website


Malaysia, Vietnam show PH can stand up to China

Jul 23, 2019 - 5:41 PM

'When claimants stand up for themselves and refuse to be intimidated, Beijing most often backs down rather than uses force,' says Gregory Poling of the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative

WEST PHILIPPINE SEA. A Philippine Coast Guard ship (R) sails past a Chinese Coast Guard ship during a joint search and rescue exercise between Philippine and US coast guards near Scarborough Shoal. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

U.S. importers find ways to adapt to, skirt Trump's tariffs

Jul 21, 2019 - 10:46 AM

Companies in sectors such as technology, clothing, and footwear are exporting more goods from emerging giants including Vietnam and Malaysia

US TRADE. A container ship sits in the San Francisco Bay on May 13, 2019 in Oakland, California. File photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Vietnam accuses China vessels of trespassing in disputed waters

Jul 20, 2019 - 4:41 PM

Vietnam's Ministry of Foreign Affairs criticizes China's survey vessel the Haiyang Dizhi 8, and its escort ships, for entering what is 'completely in the sea area of Vietnam'

Vietnam and EU sign free trade agreement

Jun 30, 2019 - 7:38 PM

European Union trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom hails the deal as 'an important milestone' between the trading partners

DEAL. The European Union and Vietnam on June 30 signed a long-awaited free trade deal that will slash duties on almost all goods as fears grow over mounting global protectionism. Photo by Nhac Nguyen/AFP

Robredo to Vietnamese ambassador: Thank you for saving our fishermen

Jun 26, 2019 - 9:25 PM

'Thank you...not just in behalf of the fishermen, but in behalf of the people of the Philippines,' says Vice President Leni Robredo to Vietnamese Ambassador Ly Quoc Tuan

'THANK YOU.' Vice President Leni Robredo welcomes Vietnamese Ambassador Ly Quoc Tuan at her office at the Quezon City Reception House on June 26, 2019. All photos by Charlie Villegas/OVP

Filipino fishermen give dog to Vietnamese after rescue

Jun 21, 2019 - 10:00 AM

As a gesture of friendship and gratitude, the 22 fishermen of F/B Gem-Ver leave their dog with the Vietnamese fishermen who rescued them

GEM-VER'S CREW. Fishermen pulls the F/B Gem-Vir, the Filipino boat sunken by a Chinese vessel near Reed Bank, towards the shore of Barangay San Roque I, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro on June 15, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Unlike PH, Vietnam defends its fishermen vs China

Jun 21, 2019 - 12:00 AM

This comes as President Rodrigo Duterte dismisses as a 'maritime incident' the sinking of a Filipino boat by a Chinese ship in the West Philippine Sea

VIETNAMESE DIPLOMACY. Vietnam's foreign ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang takes questions during a press conference in Hanoi on August 3, 2017. File photo by Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP

Vietnamese account matches Filipino fishermen's story

Jun 18, 2019 - 7:43 PM

They were tired, hungry, and cold

RESCUED FILIPINOS. Fishermen of F/B Gem-Ver reunite with their families upon their arrival at the Caminawit Pier in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, on June 14, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

WATCH: How a Chinese ship sank a Vietnamese boat in 2014

Jun 16, 2019 - 2:50 PM

Justice Antonio Carpio says China – as it does with Vietnam – might start a new 'gray zone' offensive against Filipino vessels in the West Philippine Sea

VIETNAMESE BOAT. This picture taken on June 2, 2014, shows the Vietnamese fishing boat 'DNA 90152,' which was reportedly sunk by a Chinese ship, at a shipyard in the central coastal city of Danang. File photo by AFP

Vietnam border guard opens fire on colleagues, injuring 2

Jun 15, 2019 - 11:26 PM

A border guard in southern Long An province in the Mekong Delta opens fire at his post, hurting at least two people, according to the official Vietnam News Agency

Vietnam's first homegrown car to be delivered on June 17

Jun 15, 2019 - 10:18 AM

The carmaker is a subsidiary of Vietnam's largest private conglomerate, Vingroup, which is owned by the country's richest man, a press-shy billionaire who started his career selling dried noodles in Ukraine

HOMEGROWN. Workers operate the car assembly line at the new automobile plant of VinFast, Vietnam's first homegrown car manufacturer in Haiphong on June 14, 2019.  Photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

INSIDE STORY: How Filipino crew were saved by Vietnamese in West PH Sea

Jun 14, 2019 - 9:07 PM

One of the Filipino crew narrates that after he connected his index fingers to demonstrate 'Vietnam? Philippines? Friends,' the Vietnamese replied, 'Okay.'

ROWERS. Justine Pascual (left) and JP Gordiones (right) aboard the BRP Tausug as they sail back home to San Jose, Occidental Mindoro. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

2 pilots killed in Vietnam military plane crash

Jun 14, 2019 - 4:10 PM

Two pilots in central Khanh Hoa province die after their Russian two-seater training aircraft Yakovlev Yak-52 crashes near a mountain, killing one of them instantly

10 Vietnamese arrested for illegal fishing off Cagayan

Jun 03, 2019 - 3:40 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard nabs the Vietnamese and seizes their fishing boats near Calayan Island in Cagayan

Vietnam teacher arrested for Facebook posts 'undermining state'

May 30, 2019 - 6:58 PM

Nguyen Nang Tinh is arrested for 'producing, disseminating or spreading information and documents aimed at undermining' Vietnam, according to the official police newspaper in central Nghe An province

Vietnam president emerges after month-long sick leave

May 14, 2019 - 8:31 PM

Nguyen Phu Trong appears in public on May 14 alongside senior party leaders in Hanoi, according to the official Vietnam News Agency, which also ran pictures of the white-haired leader in a collared t-shirt

NGUYEN PHU TRONG. Vietnam's President and Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong waits for the arrival of the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte at the party's headquarters in Hanoi on April 9, 2019. File photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Vietnam jails two activists for 'spreading propaganda' on Facebook

May 11, 2019 - 3:39 PM

Independent media is banned in Vietnam, with online posts, comments and critics strictly monitored and bloggers, activists and rights lawyers routinely jailed.

Indonesia detains Vietnamese fishermen after high seas clash

Apr 29, 2019 - 9:32 PM

The clash in the South China Sea at the weekend saw Jakarta summon Vietnam's ambassador on April 29, after the navy detained a dozen Vietnamese fishermen

SOUTH CHINA SEA. This screen grab taken from handout video on April 27, 2019 and released on April 29 by the Indonesian Navy shows members of the Indonesian Navy (R) watching as a Vietnamese coast guard ship (L) approaches and apparently rams their vessel, off the coast of Borneo in the South China Sea. AFP PHOTO/INDONESIAN NAVY

Vietnam police bust $1-billion illegal online gambling ring

Apr 28, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Police say 22 people have been arrested in massive raids across Vietnam to combat online gambling

USAID launches latest cleanup for Vietnam War-era Agent Orange site

Apr 21, 2019 - 6:53 PM

Hanoi says up to 3 million Vietnamese people were exposed to Agent Orange and that one million suffer grave health repercussions today

Vietnam police seize a ton of meth stashed in loudspeakers

Apr 20, 2019 - 3:07 PM

The trucks hold 'extremely heavy' loudspeakers, which prompted suspicion when police found the drivers lack legal papers to transport the equipment

At least 5 dead in Hanoi workshop blaze

Apr 12, 2019 - 3:23 PM

The fire is extinguished by dawn, with police still investigating the cause

HANOI FIRE. A firefighter uses a hose to douse a spot while battling a fire in a workshop complex in Hanoi on April 12, 2019. Photo by Nam Nguyen/AFP

Vietnam 'quietly upgrades' facilities in West Philippine Sea

Apr 10, 2019 - 4:40 PM

(UPDATED) Vietnam is not 'facing the same reaction from China's maritime militia forces as the Philippines recently has,' says the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative

VIETNAM UPGRADES. Vietnam is quietly upgrading its facilities in the Spratly Islands, says the Washington-based Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Photo courtesy of AMTI/CSIS/DigitalGlobe

Frothed not fried: Hanoi's egg beer draws curious drinkers

Apr 09, 2019 - 2:30 PM

Giang Cafe in Hanoi is getting attention for the drink

Vietnamese woman in North Korea murder case to be freed in May – lawyer

Apr 02, 2019 - 11:16 AM

Doan Thi Huong, originally charged with murder, had pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of causing injury

Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong (C) is escorted by Malaysian police out of the High Court in Shah Alam on April 1, 2019. A Vietnamese woman accused of assassinating the North Korean leader's half-brother will walk free in May after pleading guilty to a lesser charge, her lawyer said. Mohd RASFAN / AFP

Vietnam woman in Kim assassination accepts new charge, likely to go free

Apr 01, 2019 - 1:58 PM

Doan Thi Huong smiles and says 'I'm happy' after prosecutors presented the new charge in a Malaysian court, where she has been on trial since 2017

Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong (C) is escorted by Malaysian police out of the High Court in Shah Alam on April 1, 2019. A Vietnamese woman accused of assassinating the North Korean leader's half-brother will walk free in May after pleading guilty to a lesser charge, her lawyer said. Mohd RASFAN / AFP

Vietnam seizes 9 tons of suspected ivory from Congo

Mar 29, 2019 - 2:21 PM

The ivory-stuffed timber logs are discovered Tuesday at Danang's main port on a ship from the Republic of Congo in central Africa

IVORY. This picture released by Vietnam News Agency on March 28,2019 shows Vietnamese customs officials inspecting seized suspected ivory inside a timber shipment in a warehouse in Danang.  Photo by Vietnam News Agency/AFP

Vietnam woman in Kim Jong-nam case in new release bid

Mar 28, 2019 - 6:09 PM

Doan Thi Huong's lawyers have lodged a second application to the attorney-general seeking her release

DOAN THI HUONG. Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong is escorted with a heavy police presence after a court appearance at the magistrates' court in Sepang on March 1, 2017. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/ AFP

Vietnam police seize 300 kilograms of meth in mansion bust

Mar 21, 2019 - 4:53 PM

The bust is part of a larger investigation across central Vietnam involving several provinces and further investigations are ongoing

METH BRICKS. In this picture taken on March 20, 2019, Vietnamese policemen arrange seized methamphetamine at a police station in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo by Vietnam News Agency/AFP

[ANALYSIS] The security challenge for PH and Vietnam

Mar 20, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Better security relations with Vietnam will ultimately benefit us. Here's why.

Vietnam 'regrets' murder suspect not freed in Malaysia

Mar 14, 2019 - 7:46 PM

'We want Doan Thi Huong to be tried fairly and objectively and for her to be freed,' says Vietnam's foreign ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang

REGRET. In this file photo, Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong (C) is escorted by Malaysian police after a special court session to rule on witness statements at the Shah Alam High Court, outside Kuala Lumpur on December 14, 2018 for her alleged role in the assassination of Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Vietnam family of Kim murder suspect urge her not to lose hope

Mar 14, 2019 - 2:28 PM

Doan Thi Huong could face death by hanging if found guilty of the assassination of Kim Kong-nam

DOAN THI HUONG. Vietnamese national, Doan Thi Huong boards a car after appearing at the Shah Alam High Court, outside Kuala Lumpur on March 14, 2019. Photo by Mohdf Rasfan/AFP

Vietnam asks Malaysia to free Kim assassin suspect

Mar 12, 2019 - 10:47 PM

Vietnamese citizen Doan Thi Huong is set to appear in court on Thursday, March 14, after her lawyers asked the attorney-general to withdraw her murder charge

SUSPECT. Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong (C) is escorted by Malaysian police after a hearing at the Shah Alam High Court, outside Kuala Lumpur on March 11, 2019 during trial for her alleged role in the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysia court frees Indonesian in Kim Jong-nam murder case

Mar 11, 2019 - 11:17 AM

(UPDATED) The news is a surprise as the court has only been scheduled to hear Doan Thi testify. The Vietnamese woman is left in shock that she is not released alongside Siti Aisyah.

RELEASED. Indonesian national Siti Aisyah (center) smiles while leaving the Shah Alam High Court, outside Kuala Lumpur on March 11, 2019 after her trial for her alleged role in the assassination of Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Vietnam suspect to testify in Kim Jong-nam murder trial

Mar 05, 2019 - 6:18 PM

'[Doan Thi Huong] is in good health, confident and is ready to take the stand,' says one of the suspects' lawyers

SUSPECT. Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong (C) is escorted by Malaysian police after a special court session to rule on witness statements at the Shah Alam High Court, outside Kuala Lumpur on December 14, 2018 for her alleged role in the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

North Korea's Kim kicks off official Vietnam visit

Mar 01, 2019 - 8:54 PM

The long-isolated North is increasingly seeking to portray itself as a country like any other, and Vietnam is Kim Jong-un's fourth foreign destination in less than 12 months

OFFICIAL VISIT. North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) and Vietnam's President Nguyen Phu Trong (R) attend a welcoming ceremony and review an honour guard at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi on March 1, 2019. Photo by Manan Vatsyayana/Pool/AFP