Radio Free Asia: Archive Find Could Hurt China’s ‘Historic’ Claim to Paracel Islands

Radio Free Asia: Archive Find Could Hurt China’s ‘Historic’ Claim to Paracel Islands. “A rare find in the British National Archives may provide another piece of evidence discrediting China’s claim of historic rights to the disputed Paracel archipelago in the South China Sea. After months of scouring the archives, British journalist-turned-scholar Bill Hayton came across a semi-official document indicating that until the late Qing Dynasty, Chinese authorities still didn’t consider the Paracel Islands part of China’s territory.”

Reuters: Vietnam’s capital ramps up testing after extending COVID-19 curbs

Reuters: Vietnam’s capital ramps up testing after extending COVID-19 curbs. ” Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi, extended COVID-19 restrictions on Monday for a further two weeks, as authorities launched a plan to conduct tests on the city’s 8 million people to try to curb a climb in infections that started in late April. The Southeast Asian country dealt successfully with the virus for much of the pandemic, but the virulent Delta variant has proved more challenging in recent months.”

BBC: Vietnam lockdown adds to global coffee supply concerns

BBC: Vietnam lockdown adds to global coffee supply concerns. “Vietnam has added to concerns over global supplies of coffee as the South East Asian country’s biggest city remains in lockdown. The exporting hub of Ho Chi Minh has been kept under tough travel restrictions after a surge in cases of the Delta variant of the coronavirus. Vietnam is a major producer of robusta, the bitter tasting bean used in instant coffee and some espresso blends.”

BBC: Nike trainer output at key factory hit by Covid outbreak

BBC: Nike trainer output at key factory hit by Covid outbreak. “Production at some of Nike’s largest plants in Vietnam has been disrupted as Covid has spread through factories. The company refused to comment on whether store supplies would see shortages as a result of the outbreak. About half of Nike’s shoes were manufactured in Vietnam in the last financial year, so this will mean challenges for its supply chain.”

Vietnam+: National Museum of History to go digital to attract more visitors

Vietnam+: National Museum of History to go digital to attract more visitors. “Twenty national treasures at the Vietnam National Museum of History in Hanoi will be introduced to the public via a virtual gallery in June at the latest with support of digital technology. This is the museum’s very first effort to develop itself into a digital museum in the coming time.”

Vietnam+: Photo exhibition marks 60 years of Vietnam – Morocco diplomatic ties

Vietnam+: Photo exhibition marks 60 years of Vietnam – Morocco diplomatic ties. “In celebration of the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and the Kingdom of Morocco (March 27, 1961 – March 27, 2021), the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) and the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco in Vietnam have coordinated to organise an online exhibition featuring 20 photos of high-level diplomatic activities between the two countries, selected from VNA’s photo archive.”

The Register: Vietnam pursues ten-year AI plan, aspires to crack world’s top 50 for R&D by 2030

The Register: Vietnam pursues ten-year AI plan, aspires to crack world’s top 50 for R&D by 2030. “Vietnam has set off in pursuit of a ten-year plan to become a middle power in the field of artificial intelligence. The plan is extensive, but modest. By 2025 the nation hopes AI is ‘an important technology of Viet Nam’ and ‘among the top four countries in the ASEAN and in the group of 60 world’s leading countries in research, development and application of AI’.”

Vietnam+: Digital library traces Vietnam-France cultural, historical interaction

Vietnam+: Digital library traces Vietnam-France cultural, historical interaction. “Formed under cooperation between the National Library of Vietnam and the BnF, the library brings together more than 2,000 remarkable documents, from collections of the two national libraries and their partners… The website is available in both French and Vietnamese. The documents include prints, manuscripts, maps, drawings and photographs, testifying the interaction of culture, history and science between the two countries from the 17th to the 20th century.”