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Vietnam gets a bite at the cherry as US farm exports find new market amid US-China trade war

American producers wrestling with the US-China trade war are being forced to offload meat and fruit at knockdown prices in countries such as Vietnam. Shoppers are delighted but local farmers are struggling to compete.

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American producers wrestling with the US-China trade war are being forced to offload meat and fruit at knockdown prices in countries such as Vietnam. Shoppers are delighted but local farmers are struggling to compete.

Vietnam gets a bite at the cherry as US farm exports find new market amid US-China trade war
Vietnam’s plan for all students to speak English didn’t work – but its education system still shines

The country ranks ahead of Thailand and Indonesia in English proficiency, even though a government initiative to make all students learn the language has fallen short.

26 Feb 2019 - 11:13PM

The country ranks ahead of Thailand and Indonesia in English proficiency, even though a government initiative to make all students learn the language has fallen short.

Vietnam’s plan for all students to speak English didn’t work – but its education system still shines
For Vietnamese, the Trump-Kim summit is a celebration of the country’s post-war progress

Some 2 million civilians and 1.1 million North Vietnamese and Viet Cong fighters were killed in fighting between 1954 and 1975.

25 Feb 2019 - 10:05PM

Some 2 million civilians and 1.1 million North Vietnamese and Viet Cong fighters were killed in fighting between 1954 and 1975.

For Vietnamese, the Trump-Kim summit is a celebration of the country’s post-war progress
After US advice, is North Korea trying to copy Vietnam?

A high-level meeting raises speculation Pyongyang is looking to emulate Hanoi’s experience of mixing communism and economic reform

1 Dec 2018 - 4:33PM

A high-level meeting raises speculation Pyongyang is looking to emulate Hanoi’s experience of mixing communism and economic reform

After US advice, is North Korea trying to copy Vietnam?
Here’s who wins and also loses in US-China trade war: Vietnam

Trump’s trade war is boosting Vietnam by driving Chinese firms south, but the rising labour costs this has caused are a mixed blessing. What’s more, a greater Chinese presence could put Vietnam in Washington’s crosshairs.

20 Nov 2018 - 4:03AM

Trump’s trade war is boosting Vietnam by driving Chinese firms south, but the rising labour costs this has caused are a mixed blessing. What’s more, a greater Chinese presence could put Vietnam in Washington’s crosshairs.

Here’s who wins and also loses in US-China trade war: Vietnam
Is Vietnam’s new leader taking cues from China’s Xi Jinping?

Nguyen Phu Trong is the head of the Communist Party, the country’s president, and the head of its military – sound familiar?

27 Oct 2018 - 7:44AM

Nguyen Phu Trong is the head of the Communist Party, the country’s president, and the head of its military – sound familiar?

Is Vietnam’s new leader taking cues from China’s Xi Jinping?
How Vietnam fell in love with John McCain

From a navy captain bombing Hanoi to an esteemed friend of the country, the late senator mirrors America’s complex relationship with Vietnam. But there’s more to McCain’s appeal in Vietnam – he was years ahead of his peers in rooting for friendship.

20 Sep 2018 - 11:27AM

From a navy captain bombing Hanoi to an esteemed friend of the country, the late senator mirrors America’s complex relationship with Vietnam. But there’s more to McCain’s appeal in Vietnam – he was years ahead of his peers in rooting for friendship.

How Vietnam fell in love with John McCain
Vietnam’s Catholics: cross with China, and all communists

Catholics make up just 7 per cent of Vietnam’s population, but play an outsize role in the nation’s underground dissident movement. In return, they say, churches are demolished, priests arrested and the religion smeared

20 Aug 2018 - 3:42PM

Catholics make up just 7 per cent of Vietnam’s population, but play an outsize role in the nation’s underground dissident movement. In return, they say, churches are demolished, priests arrested and the religion smeared

Vietnam’s Catholics: cross with China, and all communists
Vietnamese see special economic zones as assault from China

The South China Sea dispute, along with memories of the 1979 border war, run deep in the Vietnamese national psyche, making SEZs viscerally unpopular.

7 Jun 2018 - 9:52PM

The South China Sea dispute, along with memories of the 1979 border war, run deep in the Vietnamese national psyche, making SEZs viscerally unpopular.

Vietnamese see special economic zones as assault from China
Vietnam lauds its war heroes, so why are so many fighting for recognition?