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Vietnam enjoys trade surplus of US$1.15 billion in January
The country’s total import-export turnover reached over US$27.53 billion in January, down 18.2% (nearly US$6.13 billion) over December 2016.
However, compared to the same period last year, the total import-export value increased 4.8%, equivalent to over US$1.26 billion.
Vietnam posted an export revenue of US$14.34 billion in January, a decrease of 13.5% compared to the last month of 2016, but a year-on-year increase of 5.7%; meanwhile, the nation’s import revenue was reported at nearly US$13.19 billion, down 22.8% over December last year, but up 3.9% over the same period last year.
China, the Republic of Korea (ROK) and the United States (US) remain Vietnam’s biggest trading partners. China was Vietnam’s leading export market last month with an increase of 34.4% in value, followed by the ROK (up 29.4%) and the US (up 0.3%).
Vietnam’s trade balance recorded a high surplus in January thanks to contributions from the US (with surplus of US$2.34 billion), the Netherlands (US$481 million) and Japan (US$370 million).
England come from behind to beat Wales in Six Nations thriller
Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) - England coach Eddie Jones accepted his side had used up all their "get-out-of-jail cards" following a gripping 21-16 win away to Wales in the Six Nations.The Grand Slam champions were 16-14 behind with just four minutes left when wing Elliot Daly, following a poor clearance kick by Wales centre Jonathan Davies, surged past Alex Cuthbert for a superb try in the corner.As had been the case in their tournament-opening win over France the week before, England had… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Car-train collision leaves 5 dead in Vietnam
A car is heavily damaged after being hit by a train in Hanoi on Monday. Photo by VnExpress/Hien Kim Five people were killed when their car was crushed by a running train in Hanoi on Monday morning. The car was carrying seven people as it crossed the railway line in Thuong Tin District. The 5 a.m. collision killed two men and two women on the spot. Another person died on the way to hospital and two others suffered serious injuries. The road was closed for four hours after the incident. A sign… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Yemeni detainees land in Saudi Arabia after transfer from Guantanamo
By Katie Paul and Matt SpetalnickRIYADH/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States transferred four Yemeni detainees from Guantanamo Bay to Saudi Arabia on Thursday as President Barack Obama pushed to shrink the inmate total there despite Donald Trump's call to stop.It was the first of Obama's final transfers aimed at sending as many as 19 prisoners to at least four countries - Italy, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates - before the Republican president-elect is sworn in on Jan.… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Italy quake zones fear tourism collapse as displaced total rises
Rome (AFP) - The number of people living in temporary shelters due to a series of earthquakes in Italy has risen to 28,000, officials said Thursday as fears mounted for the economic future of the worst-hit areas.Farmers' organisation of Coldiretti warned that tourism, a key sector in the rugged mountain areas, is facing collapse as nature and food-loving visitors are put off by the scenes of devastation broadcast around the world.Coldiretti said tourists would normally spend a total of 220,000… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Deputy PM okays underground shopping centre at Ben Thanh station
Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh has agreed in principle to build an underground shopping centre in downtown HCM City along side the city’s first metro line project. Ben Thanh Market in HCM City, where an underground shopping centre is set to be built. The deputy PM has asked the city’s people’s committee to seek funds from Official Development Assistance (ODA) loans to develop the Ben Thanh underground shopping centre project. The city administration has been asked to work… chat_bubble_outline Read More...