Michael Tatarski
Michael Tatarski
Michael Tatarski is a freelance journalist based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, where he covers society, tech, development and travel, among other topics. Find him on Twitter @miketatarski.

Gridlocked and becoming more flood prone every year, Vietnam’s biggest city needs decisive action fast to secure its 10 million residents’ future quality of life. But can it overcome its funding woes and infrastructure paralysis?

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The country is to plant 1 billion trees nationwide by 2025, but its decision to plant most of them in urban areas is perplexing to experts who say the trees would better mitigate the impact of extreme weather if they were planted in forests.

A shortage of containers and unexpected recovery in demand in North America and Europe has driven a surge in shipping rates in the second half of the year.

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From organisations rescuing human trafficking victims to schools dependent on international students, travel restrictions to China have taken a toll.

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The company has launched luxury models in an effort to win over local consumers and avoid the fate of Malaysia’s Proton. But in a land where foreign brands are often seen as a symbol of success it has its work cut out