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Bản Tin Ngày 12 Tháng 12 Năm 2014:

Vietnam Upholds Sentence for Outspoken Rights Activist
A court in southern Vietnam has upheld the sentence of outspoken activist and anti-China protester Bui Thi Minh Hang and two others in the latest crackdown on dissent. The results of the appeal trial in Dong Thap province in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta Friday came as “no surprise”, observers said. Hang was sentenced to three years in prison in August for disrupting public order by creating “serious ... VOA News - Dec 12

China, Vietnam clash again over South China Sea claims
BEIJING (Reuters) - China and Vietnam have clashed again over competing claims in the South China Sea, after Vietnam submitted its position to an arbitration tribunal initiated by the Philippines over the festering dispute that involves several countries. China has said repeatedly it will not participate in the case at the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague, branding it an underhand attempt to exert political pressure over territory which is inherently Chinese. ... Reuters – Dec 12

South China Sea Tensions Flare as Vietnam Files Stance to Court
Tensions over the South China Sea were reignited after Vietnam said it had submitted its stance on the dispute to the international arbitration tribunal reviewing the Philippines’ challenge against China’s claims. Vietnam has asked the arbitration court to take into account its legal rights and… Bloomberg – Dec 12

Vietnam to raise capital of state debt and asset firm by 125 percent
Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has approved a plan to raise the registered capital of the state-run debt and asset trading firm by 125 percent to 5.6 trillion dong , the government said on its … - Reuters Dec 12

Vietnam to raise capital of state debt and asset firm by 125 percent
Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has approved a plan to raise the registered capital of the state-run debt and asset trading firm by 125 percent to 5.6 trillion dong , the government said on its ... Reuters Dec 12

Vietnam not ready to join global value chains
Vietnam needs to create medium-sized and large businesses capable of supplying foreign firms and supporting smaller businesses, the Viet Nam Development Partnership Forum heard in Hanoi last week… Asia News Network -  Dec 10

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Bản Tin Ngày 06 Tháng 12 Năm 2014:

Vietnam detains blogger for anti-state articles
HANOI (Reuters) - A Vietnamese blogger was detained for posting anti-state articles, as Hanoi steps up a crackdown on dissent that has been condemned by rights groups and Western governments. Reuters – Dec 06

2nd blogger detained in Vietnam crackdown - AP
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnamese police detained a second blogger in a week in the latest crackdown on dissent in the Communist country. Blogger and writer Nguyen Quang Lap was taken into custody and his house searched  AP  Dec 6

Second Vietnam blogger arrested on anti-state charges AFP
Vietnamese police arrested a prominent blogger Saturday, the second writer seized in the last fortnight as the country's communist authorities keep up their long-running crackdown on online dissent. Commentator Nguyen Quang Lap was arrested at his house in Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday afternoon, his wife … AFP – Dec 6.

Vietnam detains blogger for anti-state posts
The arrest of prominent blogger Nguyen Quang Lap is the second this month, as crackdown intensifies against dissent –Al Jazeera - Dec 6

Canada, Vietnam Diplomatic Spat Sparked By Tory Senator's Bill
An obscure private member's bill from a Conservative senator has sparked a diplomatic spat between Canada and Vietnam. But despite Vietnam's dark warnings that the bill will have an adverse impact on relations between the two countries, the Harper government appears determined to pass it. - Huff Post - Dec 5

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Bản Tin Ngày 27 Tháng 11 Năm 2014:

Vietnam yields cautionary tale over Chinese investment
China’s new charm offensive in Asia – using infrastructure development to garner soft power at the expense of rivals US and Japan – has reached new heights in recent weeks. Multi-billion US dollar deals with strategic partners such as Sri Lanka and Pakistan aside, even countries with reservations…Financial Times - Nov 27

Vietnam Allows Foreigners To Buy Housing, Hoping To Clear Inventory
Foreigners are now allowed to buy property in Vietnam. The arrangement is similar to China's. Since all land is the communist government's property, the rights foreigners buy are essentially long-term ...
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Vietnam to allow foreign ownership
Vietnam, previous off-the-radar for foreign property buyers and investors, has approved legislation allowing limited ownership of property by foreigners from July 1, 2015 - Property Guru - Nov 26

Trial Highlights Vietnam’s Persistent Land Rights Problem
In Vietnam, the state owns the land and leases it to the people for a limited time. As the country’s economy has grown, the issue of who owns the rights to farm or develop land remains a difficult problem, with occasional protests over illegal seizures of land, otherwise known as “land grabs.” In… VOA News - Nov 26

SE Asia Stocks-Vietnam underperforms as energy stocks drag; others rangebound
Vietnam's benchmark VN Index dropped 1.7 percent on Wednesday to a five-month closing low, dragged lower by the oil and gas sector on a sharp drop in global oil prices. The meeting between ... Reuters - Nov 26

Vietnam index ends at 5-mth low, energy stocks fall
HANOI: Vietnam's benchmark VN Index dropped 1.68 percent to close at 576.04 points, the lowest since June 25, on widespread selling, led by the oil and gas sector following a sharp drop in global oil prices. Business Recorder   Nov 26

Vietnam Expands Foreign Property Ownership to Boost Economy
Vietnamese lawmakers approved a law allowing broad foreign ownership of property, as the government seeks to boost an ailing real-estate market and accelerate economic growth. Bloomberg -   Nov 25

Vietnam Warships Visit Philippines Amid South China Sea Dispute
Vietnam on Tuesday showed off its two most powerful warships in the first-ever port call to the Philippines, but an official said it was not trying to challenge China's superior naval forces amid tension in the South China Sea. VOA Nov 25

Surging black-pepper market lets Vietnam farmers prosper
While pepper is a traditional crop in Vietnam, it only emerged as a major producer recently, and rising pepper prices have helped farmers enjoy a higher standard of living Seattle Times  -  Nov 25

Vietnam Coffee: Prices gain despite harvest peak
HANOI: Vietnamese coffee prices edged up this week even though harvesting was in full swing, tracking global prices higher after forecasts of a smaller crop in Vietnam and a global deficit in the current 2014/2015 crop year. Business Recorder   Nov 25

Samsung Electronics wins $3 billion Vietnam project license
HANOI (Reuters) - South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co Ltd has secured a license to invest $3 billion to expand its production in northern Vietnam, the Vietnamese government said. The license was awarded on Nov. 17 in Thai Nguyen province, where Samsung Electronics has been operating a $2 billion…
Reuters Nov 24

Vietnam seizes over 1,000 dead endangered sea turtles
Vietnam's environmental police have seized a record haul of over 1,000 endangered sea turtles which were being prepared for illegal export to China, an official said Tuesday. "The turtles were all dead," Le Hong Thai, an official of the Ministry of Public Security's environmental police department, told AFP. The raids were made on Wednesday last week in the resort town of Nha Trang on Vietnam's AFP - Nov 24

Sky-high abortions in Vietnam as family planning excludes youth
At a small Hanoi cemetery, Nguyen Van Thao opens a fridge and pulls out a bag of bloody foetuses to prepare for burial -- a grim reminder that Vietnam has one of the highest abortion rates in the world. Around 40 percent of pregnancies in the country end in abortion, according to a report by doctors from Hanoi's Central Obstetrics Hospital, the figure is double the rate given by official ... AFP Nov 24

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Bản Tin Ngày 13 Tháng 11 Năm 2014:

Obama seeks deeper engagement with Vietnam
President Barack Obama says he sees opportunities for deeper engagement and cooperation with Vietnam despite the difficult history between the two nations. Obama cited trade, security and human rights Associated Press Nov 13

Obama Says U.S. And Vietnam Experiencing ‘Deeper Engagement’
U.S. PresidentBarack Obama’s one-on-one meeting with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung at a regional summit in Myanmar highlights how the former enemies are edging closer against the wishes of China. Bloomberg – Nov 13

Vietnam confidence vote offers more than political theater
HANOI (Reuters) - When lawmakers casting ballots are nearly all Communist Party members and "no confidence" is not among the options, a parliamentary censure vote on Vietnam's top leadership might seem like a pointless exercise. Though heads are unlikely to roll, Saturday's ballot on the performances of about 50 top officials will provide a degree of accountability, and the - Reuters  - Nov 13

Vietnam Premier Calls for South China Sea Restraint
Vietnam’s premier called on countries to not alter rocks and shoals in the South China Sea and warned that improperly-handled disputes with China risk damaging bilateral relations between the two nations. Countries should refrain from “actions that would complicate the situation and change the… Bloomberg Nov 13

Vietnam Tightens Valuations to Clean Up Bad Debt: Southeast Asia - Bloomberg
Vietnam’s state asset management company will use its own valuations instead of inflated book values to buy bad debt from banks by the end of next month to accelerate a revamp of the financial system and revive lending. The Vietnam Asset Management Company, or VAMC, has been buying bad debt at the…- Bloomberg – Nov 13

Vietnam Airlines IPO won't help state sell-offs fly, analysts
Hanoi (AFP) - After decades of speculation and multiple failed attempts, Vietnam Airlines' long-awaited IPO is set for take-off Friday, but experts say it is unlikely to boost the communist country's lacklustre privatisation drive. AFP via Yahoo!7 News   Nov 12

PHL, Vietnam to start talks on strategic partnership
BEIJING, China – The Philippines and Vietnam next month will start discussions on the roadmap towards a strategic partnership to enhance their economic and cultural ties, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said Monday.The roadmap will essentially focus on improving the trade, investment, and people-to-people exchanges of the two countries, del Rosario said during a media briefing ... Manila Bulletin Nov 11

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Bản Tin Ngày 10 Tháng 11 Năm 2014:

Samsung Electronics to build $3 billion smartphone plant in Vietnam
South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co Ltd has applied for a license to invest $3 billion in building a second smartphone factory in northern Vietnam, a government official said on Monday. Samsung Electronics Vietnam plans to build the factory in Thai Nguyen province, where it opened a $2 billion…Reuters Nov 10

Vietnam sells $1 bln in sovereign bonds amid strong demand
The Vietnamese government raised $1 billion via a rare issue of sovereign bonds at an annual coupon of 4.8 percent, the lowest among its three offshore dollar-dominated debt sales, a Finance Ministry statement said. The coupon was below Vietnam's initial target of 5.125 percent per annum, as bids…CNBC.com Nov 10

Vietnam searches for 8 missing sailors
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A Vietnamese maritime official says authorities are searching for eight sailors who went missing after their cargo ship collided with another vessel off the country's southern coast. Associated Press Nov 10

Vietnam president says APEC moving towards FTAAP accord
Greater integration between APEC economies is laying a path for the realization of their long-term goal of a Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific to boost job creation and sustained growth, said Vietnam President Truong Tan Sang in an interview ahead of the 2014 APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting that will coincide with the 25th anniversary […]Manila Bulletin   Nov 10

Vietnam: Lack of Credit Cards Not Stopping Pursuit of E-commerce
When it comes to e-commerce, Vietnam is somewhat perplexing to observers. Many Vietnamese love to buy things from the internet, and yet the country seems to lack a key ingredient for online shopping: credit cards. Concerns about security and transaction fees deter both buyers and sellers. Among Vietnamese who go online, 61 percent prefer to pay with cash, according to market researcher Nielsen Voice of America   Nov 09 04:05pm

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Tin Ngày 3 Tháng 11 Năm 2014:

U.S.-Vietnam ties may free more critics, freed blogger says  
Nguyen Van Hai, a Vietnamese blogger whose sentence was suspended, says his country's push to improve ties with the United States will lead ... Stars and Stripes  - Nov 3

Fitch Upgrades Vietnam to 'BB-'; Outlook Stable  
Fitch Ratings has upgraded Vietnam's Long-Term Foreign and Local Currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDRs) to 'BB-' from 'B+'. Reuters -  Nov 3

Fitch Joins Moody’s Raising Vietnam Debt Rating This Year  
Vietnam’s credit rating was raised to three levels below investment grade by Fitch Ratings, which said the country’s macroeconomic stability ... Bloomberg  - Nov 3

Vietnam town in Beihai city  
We were in Vietnam town, a popular after-dark supper destination for the local Beihai folks. A good secret is hard to keep under wraps and more and more tourists are finding their way here. The shop signs are in Chinese and Vietnamese, and that should give us a hint of what to expect for the most delicious supper options. It is actually named Qiaogang Zhen, which literally translates to "a port (or town) for overseas Chinese". Most of the residents here are Chinese who had emigrated to Vietnam, were purged and sent over the border back to China. Asia News Network  - Nov 3

Vietnam Manufacturing PMI Edges Down In October
Vietnam's manufacturing activity growth slowed marginally in October, results from Markit Economics showed Monday. RTT News - Nov 02

MHIVA, Commercial Aircraft Manufacturer in Vietnam, Launches New Factory with Production of Passenger Doors for Boeing ...
Tokyo, October 22, 2014 - MHI Aerospace Vietnam Co., Ltd. (MHIVA), a group company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), has completed the construction of a new manufacturing factory in Hanoi, and production of passenger doors for the Boeing 777 got under way on October 22. Simultaneously MHIVA marked the shipment of its 1,000th inboard flap for the Boeing 737. Aircraft Maintenance Technology   Nov 01 11:28pm

Vietnam Is Becoming A Proxy In Efforts To Contain Chinese Influence In The South China Sea
Vietnam is becoming a proxy against China in any future possible confrontation in the South China Sea or South Asia as a whole.  On Oct. 28 India announced that it would sell naval vessels to Vietnam in exchange for an energy-exploration deal. These vessels would arrive at a time of rising tension between Vietnam and China over contested island chains in the South China Sea.  Massive protests  Business Insider   Oct 31 01:21pm

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Bản Tin Ngày 31 Tháng 10 Năm 2014:

AP Interview: Dissident forced to leave Vietnam  
LOS ANGELES (AP) — One of Vietnam's most prominent dissidents said he was asked to sign a form seeking a pardon for spreading "propaganda ... Associated Press – Oct 31

U.S.-Vietnam Ties May Free More Critics, Released Blogger Says  
Nguyen Van Hai, a Vietnamese blogger whose sentence was suspended, said his country’s push to improve ties with the U.S. will lead to more ... Bloomberg  - Oct 31

Research and Markets: Vietnam Seed Industry Outlook to 2018 - Rice Seed and Hybridization to Drive Future Growth
The report titled Vietnam Seed Industry Outlook to 2018 - Rice Seed and Hybridization to Drive Future Growth provides a comprehensive analysis of the seed market in Vietnam such as market size of major crop seeds, -   Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance - Oct 30

Vietnam to sell rare $1 bln sovereign bond, first since 2010  (Adds details)
By Ho Binh Minh HANOI, Oct 30 (Reuters) - Vietnam plans to raise $1 billion from its first global sovereign bond in more than ... Reuters – Oct 30

Vietnam And India Sign Oil, Naval Agreement Amid South China Sea Disputes, Angering Beijing
India and Vietnam are forging strong geopolitical ties, much to the concern of China, which is engaged in territorial disputes with both countries. On Tuesday, Vietnam offered India two oil-exploration blocks located in disputed South China Sea waters, prompting a sharp reaction from Beijing. - International Business Time - Oct 29

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Bản Tin Ngày 29 Tháng 10 Năm 2014:

Risking China’s Ire, India Signs Defense and Oil Deals With Vietnam  
The agreements were signed during a visit to India by the Vietnamese Prime Minister Time Magazine  - Oct 29

'Vietnam roping in India, US into South China Sea dispute'  
"Since Hanoi is fully aware that it has no chance to win in a face-to-face confrontation with China, it has to rely on the strength of other ... The Economic Times  - Oct 29

Vietnam PM's visit will strengthen India-Vietnam relationship: Mukherjee  
Delighted to welcome Vietnam Prime Minister, Nguyen Tan Dung, on his second state visit to India, President Pranab Mukherjee said on Tuesday ... Sify News  - Oct 29

Indian media: 'Daring the dragon'
Delhi and Vietnam risk China's ire with a raft of military and oil cooperation plans. BBC News   Oct 28

Nearly a tonne of ivory seized at Vietnam port
Hanoi (dpa) - Vietnam customs seized nearly a tonne of elephant tusks concealed inside a container from Africa, authorities said Tuesday. The Nation - Oct 28

India's Modi pledges to modernise Vietnam's defences
New Delhi (AFP) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised on Tuesday to strengthen Vietnam's military following talks between leaders of the two allies, in a move likely to rankle neighbouring nuclear-armed giant China.  AFP -   Oct 29

India to sell patrol boats to Vietnam
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India was committed to modernising Vietnam's defence and security forces as he promised to expedite the sale of four patrol boats to Hanoi, pushing for closer security ties with a country that is embroiled in a territorial dispute with China in the South China Sea - Asia News Network -  Oct 29

Vietnam Cuts Key Interest Rate to Boost Lending, GDP Growth
Vietnam will cut a key policy rate to spur lending by banks as the government steps up measures to bolster a struggling economy. Bloomberg - Oct 28

Vietnam offers two more offshore oil blocks to India
India has been offered two additional offshore oil exploration blocks in Vietnam. In addition, Vietnam has agreed to extend by another two years the opportunity for Indian oil companies to consider the option of exploring another offshore oil field, which was offered to it earlier.  The Hindu – Oct 28

India to supply Vietnam with naval vessels amid China disputes
India will soon be supplying naval vessels to Vietnam, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday, the first significant military transfer to Hanoi at a time when it is embroiled in a territorial dispute with China -  Reuters – Oct 28

India to step up strategic ties with Vietnam
New Delhi, Oct 28 (IANS) India is committed to strengthening strategic relations with Vietnam, with defence, space and energy sectors topping the list, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Tuesday  IANS -  Oct 28

India, Vietnam Shore Up Defense, Energy Ties as China Watches
India and Vietnam have shored up ties in the defense and energy sectors during a two-day visit by the Vietnamese Prime Minister to India. The deepening friendship between the two countries is being closely watched by China. After holding talks with his Vietnamese counterpart in New Delhi, Indian…VOA News Oct 28

Vietnam Seeks India Role in China Sea as Dung Meets Modi  
Dung, who arrived in New Delhi yesterday on a two-day trip, told state-run Press Trust of India that the entire region should be interested ... Bloomberg  - Oct 28

Vietnam commits to collaborate in oil and gas sector with India  
New Delhi, Oct. 28 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced that India and Vietnam have agreed to commit to collaborate in ... ANI – Oct 28

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Bản Tin Ngày 27 Tháng 10 Năm 2014:

Vietnam PM seeks India support on maritime row
Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has sought India's support to resolve territorial disputes in the South China Sea, local media reported Monday, in a bid to shore up regional alliances as relations have soured with Asian giant China. Tan, who is on a two-day visit to India, is due to meet Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on Tuesday, and is expected to discuss strengthening regional ... AFP Oct 27

China and Vietnam Reconcile After Summer Clashes over South China Sea
China and Vietnam have agreed to seek a "lasting resolution" to a long-running territorial dispute over part of the South China Sea that both sides claim as their own. IB Times Oct 27

Top Chinese diplomat visits Vietnam to repair ties  
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — China's top diplomat was greeted warmly as he arrived in Vietnam on Monday to repair ties ruptured by disputes over the ... Associated Press via Yahoo! News  - Oct 27

China, Vietnam say want lasting solution to sea dispute  
By Mai Nguyen and Ben Blanchard HANOI/BEIJING (Reuters) - China and Vietnam agreed on Monday to use an existing border dispute mechanism to ... Reuters - Oct 27

Vietnam to Accelerate Privatization Share Sales Reboot  
Vietnam plans to set up a working group to help spur share sales of state enterprises as the government takes steps to bolster a flagging ... Bloomberg  - Oct 26

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Bản Tin Ngày 26 Tháng 10 Năm 2014:

US official urges Vietnam to improve human rights  
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A U.S. official said Sunday that while Vietnam has made progress on human rights, it must do more if it is to forge ... Associated Press – Oct 26

Vietnam arrests top banker in fraud probe
Ha Van Tham, former chairman of Ocean Bank, was arrested after "serious violations of the laws" were discovered during a probe into a bank ... Channel NewsAsia  - Oct 26

Vietnam wants more Indian oil exploration projects in South China Sea  
On the eve of its Prime Minister’s visit here, Vietnam today favoured greater The Hindu  - Oct 26 hours

India likely to strike deal with Vietnam for oil exploration
Looking to deepen its economic ties with Vietnam, India is likely to strike a deal for exploration and production of oil and gas during the visit of South East Asian nation's Prime Miniter Nguyen Tan Dung on October 27. Business Standard India   Oct 25

Vietnam arrests top banker in fraud probe  
Police have arrested one of Vietnam's richest businessmen as part of an investigation into banking fraud that could deepen investor concerns ... AFP – Oct 25

China's top diplomat to visit Vietnam again amid sea dispute
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's top diplomat will visit Vietnam next week, China said on Friday, five months after he last visited during a period of tension over a Chinese oil drilling rig working in part of the South China Sea both countries claim. ... Reuters -   Oct 24

Vietnam freed blogger to win allies in China dispute: analysts
Hanoi (AFP) Vietnam's sudden release of a top dissident who was shuttled from jail to the United States is part of an attempt to secure powerful allies amid a simmering maritime dispute with China, analysts said Wednesday. Prominent blogger Nguyen Van Hai, whose case had been raised by US President Barack Obama, was freed two years after being sentenced to 12 years in jail - Space War -   Oct 22

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Bản Tin Ngày 20 Tháng 10 Năm 2014:

Vietnam Must Boost Investment for 2015 Growth Aim, Ngan Says
Vietnam can’t meet its goal for economic growth next year unless the government boosts domestic investment higher than its proposed target, legislator Tran Hoang Ngan said. Bloomberg – Oct 20

Vietnam's economy to grow 5.8 pct y/y in 2014, PM says
HANOI, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Vietnam's economy is expected to expand 5.8 percent in 2014, in line with a government target and faster than last year, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said on Monday Reuters – Oct 19

China, Vietnam agree to properly address disputes
China and Vietnam agreed to properly address and control their disputes on Saturday, a fresh pledge made during a meeting between Vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission Fan Changlong and visiting Vietnamese Defense Minister Phung Quang Thanh. – Xinhua Oct 19

Vatican and Vietnam edge closer to restoring diplomatic ties
Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung met Pope Francis in Rome Saturday with both saying they were committed to restoring diplomatic relations AFP – Oct 18

China, Vietnam patch ties after territory disputes
BEIJING (AP) — China and Vietnam agreed to resume military ties and better manage their maritime disputes in the first signs that tensions over territorial claims could be easing. AP – Oct 18

As Prices Keep Rising in China, a Shirtmaker Turns to Vietnam
In May, a long-simmering territorial dispute between China and Vietnam turned particularly hot. With Chinese and Vietnamese ships confronting one another in the South China Sea (known in Vietnam as the Eastern Sea), Vietnamese protesters furious with China went on a rampage at home – Business week – Oct 18

 

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