November 26 - December 2: Party chief commits support to defence ties with Cuba

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General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee and President Nguyen Phu Trong (R) and Minister of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Cuba Leopoldo Cintra Frias (Source: VNA)
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Party chief commits support to defence ties with Cuba

General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee and President Nguyen Phu Trong has committed all possible support to defence ties with Cuba, contributing to further deepening the special friendship between the two parties, States and armies.

During a reception in Hanoi on November 26 for Politburo member of the Communist Party of Cuba (CPC) and Minister of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Cuba Leopoldo Cintra Frias, the host congratulated the Party, State and people of Cuba on their achievements in updating their socio-economic model in the spirit of the sixth and seventh Congresses of the CPC.

The Party chief expressed his belief that the two armies deserve the trust of the two countries’ parties and people, and stand ready to fight for national independence, freedom, and socialism.

25th meeting of Mekong River Commission Council opens in Quang Ninh

At the 25th meeting of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) Council in Ha Long (Photo: VNA)

The 25th meeting of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) Council opened in Ha Long, Quang Ninh province, on November 28 with the participation of 120 delegates from the four MRC Council state members, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, in addition to the MRC Dialogue Partners and MRC Development Partners.

At the meeting, the European Union pledged to fund EUR4.82 million for the commission’s operation in the 2016-2020 period and the German Government pledged to finance EUR4 million to the MRC to promote cross-border partnerships in water resources in the Mekong River basin in the 2019-2021 period.

Vietnam sees trade surplus of US$6.8 billion in first 11 months

Despite the deficit of US$400 million in November, Vietnam still saw a trade surplus of more than US$6.8 billion in the January-November period, according to the General Department of Vietnam Customs.

The nation’s foreign trade revenue in November was estimated at US$43.6 billion, down 1.6% from the previous month. Of the figure, total export revenue went down by 4.1% to US$21.6 billion, while import value increased by 1.1% to US$22 billion.

November CPI decreases by 0.29% on falling petrol prices

According to Director of the Price Statistics Department, Do Thi Ngoc, the price declines of petrol and food played a key role in this month's CPI drop.

Falling prices of petrol and pork contributed to the drop in Vietnam's consumer price index (CPI) in November, which decreased by 0.29% compared to the previous month.

According to the General Statistics Office (GSO), November’s CPI increased by 3.46% compared to the same period last year and 3.24% compared to December of 2017.

Female Vietnamese academician receives Japan’s noble order

Academician Dr. Nguyen Thi Thanh Nhan, Chairwoman and CEO of the Advanced International Joint Stock Company (AIC), has been conferred Japan’s Order of the Rising Sun for her important contributions to the development of Japan.

At the award ceremony in Hanoi, Lijima Isao, Special Advisor to the Japanese Cabinet, said the 49-year-old academician is the youngest awarded with the order since 1875.

Nhan has supported the Japanese eloquence contest over the past 16 years, creating opportunities for 700 Vietnamese students to visit Japan. Her company has hosted cherry blossom festivals in many cities and provinces across Vietnam and the annual Vietnam-Japan investment conference, thus boosting Vietnamese people’s understanding of Japan as well as Japanese investment in Vietnam.

Storm Usagi devastates central, southern localities

A tree is uprooted in Ho Chi Minh City (Photo: Nhan Dan)

Ho Chi Minh City suffered from widespread floods, with one person killed when a tree uprooted in the city, as part of the consequences of Storm Usagi.

The storm, which was the ninth entering the East Sea this year, landed in coastal areas from Ba Ria-Vung Tau to Ben Tre on November 25, bringing winds measuring 40-60km/h and gusting up to 89-102 km/h along with 150mm of rainfall, prompting authorities in Ho Chi Minh City and some other provinces to close schools on the day.

The North-South railway service was disrupted as two sections of the route in the central province of Ninh Thuan were damaged. Initial reports from localities said more than 2.6km of dykes were damaged, 46 ships were sunken and more than 1,000ha of rice and other food crops were inundated due to the storm.

National men’s football team enters FIFA’s top 100

Vietnam’s national men’s football team has climbed two spots to find itself on the list of world’s top 100 for this month, according to the latest International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) rankings released on November 29.

With this ranking, the team has fulfilled its target of becoming one of the best 100 in the world set by Korean head coach Park Hang-seo.

Vietnam also holds the number one place in the Southeast Asian region, followed by the Philippines (globally ranked no. 114), Thailand (118), Myanmar (139), and Indonesia (160).

Vietnam edge past the Philippines in AFF Cup semifinal first leg

Van Duc and Anh Duc, the two heroes of Park Hang-seo's side during the semifinal first leg in the Philippines. (Photo:

Vietnam have put one foot in the final match of the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup after edging past the Philippines 2-1 in their semifinal first leg at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod, December 2.

The 2-1 victory was enough to gift Park Hang-seo’s side a big advantage ahead of the semifinal return leg at My Dinh National Stadium in Hanoi in the next four days. Accordingly, the “Yellow Stars” will only need a draw, or concede fewer than two goals in the case of a loss, to book their place in the title match of the 2018 AFF Cup.