Vietnam cancels water pipe deal with China supplier over quality concern

State-owned construction firm Vinaconex has backed out of a deal to use pipes from a Chinese company to fix an unreliable water supply system in Hanoi amid concerns over the quality of the replacement. Viwasupco, the water utility subsidiary of Vinaconex, said in a new statement that it has canceled the plan to buy ductile iron pipes from Xinxing Pipes International Development Company for its Song Da water pipe system, whose existing fiberglass pipes kept broken. Nine former executives from Vinaconex have been prosecuted as the ruptures affected around 70,000 families every time.