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Hanoi's pollution exposes growth risks

A major mercury leak, tap water contamination, and “alarming” levels of haze: several pollution crises in Hanoi have sparked public fury and accusations that communist Vietnam is putting the economy ahead of the environment. Long tapped as an investors’ paradise thanks to its low-cost labour and ...

Conference discusses synthetic drug threats

Senior government officials from ASEAN member countries, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Canada and the US participated in a two-day conference on the global synthetic drug problem in Hà Nội.Keep reading ...

Chinese trade fair kicks off in Hà Nội

The sixth Zhejiang export fair, one of the most prosperous provinces in China, kicked off in Hà Nội on August 3.Keep reading ...

Harsh report issue on VN’s urban environment

Việt Nam’s urban environment, especially in big cities, is facing numerous challenges, including air and water pollution, solid waste treatment and flooding, according to the 2016 National Environmental Report issued on Thursday in Hà Nội.Keep reading ...

EU launches World Cities Vietnam

The European Union launched a project yesterday, entitled World Cities Việt Nam, which aims to promote the exchange of experience and best practice on regional and urban development policies. Two Vietnamese cities – Hà Nội and HCM City – are being paired with two European ...

Scourge of mass fish deaths strikes again

One morning at the end of April, Nguyễn Văn Phú, a resident in Nguyên Khê Commune, Hà Nội’s Đông Anh District, woke up shocked to find that the fish in Nguyên Khê Lagoon had died en mass.He suspected polluted water in the lagoon was the ...

Why Vietnam is all in for TPP11

Trade ministers from the 11 remaining countries in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, after the U.S. withdrew, agreed in Hanoi on Sunday to promote the so-called TPP 11 trade liberalization deal. Vietnamese Trade and Industry Minister Tran Tuan Anh, who chaired the meeting, declared that the 11 ...

Former Vinaconex boss faces prosecution

The Ministry of Public Security’s Police Investigation Agency has prosecuted Phí Thái Bình, former chairman of the Vinaconex board of directors, for violating construction regulations and causing serious consequences.Bình, who is also former vice chairman of the city’s People’s Committee, was found to be responsible ...

Capital aims for 4.5% export growth in 2017

The capital aims to generate US$11.1 billion from exports this year, 4.5 per cent higher than 2016, the municipal Department of Industry and Trade has said.To achieve this goal, Hà Nội will continue work on accelerating administrative reforms with special focus on customs, tax and ...

David Brown: peace gets a chance in Vietnamese land conflicts

Last month, a band of farmers forced their way into the administrative compound of Dong Tam, an ancient village on the fringes of Hanoi, to protest the expropriation of their land. To the astonishment of many observers, Vietnam’s communist regime calmed the explosive situation after ...

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