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"The probe results, which should have been done within a week from the incident, show the Vietnamese government’s goodwill in satisfying people’s demands,” said Thi Nguyen, a Ho Chi Minh City-based environmental consultant. “Public anger and demonstrations could have been avoided if the government was transparent from the beginning."

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-06-30/toxic-discharge-from-taiwan-s-formosa-caused-vietnam-fish-deaths
Taiwan’s Formosa Plastics Corp. has taken full responsibility for a toxic discharge from its Vietnamese steel plant that led to mass fish deaths in April across four coastal provinces, sparking unprecedented public protests.
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“The mortgage market in Vietnam is beginning to take off now,” said Nirukt Sapru, chief executive officer for Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos at Standard Chartered Bank. “As the younger generation gets richer, gets better-quality jobs - which is clearly happening in Vietnam - their ability to move out of grandmother’s house increases.”

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-12-06/mortgages-replace-sacks-of-cash-in-vietnam-as-buyers-seek-loans
Le Trang, an office worker, and her husband Hung didn’t think they could afford a 3-bedroom apartment in a high-rise in the suburbs of Ho Chi Minh City.
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The departure of the rig may not mend ties with Vietnam, which no longer views China as a friendly ideological partner and may seek alliances with countries such as the Philippines, Japan and even the U.S., said Le Hong Hiep, a lecturer at Vietnam National University in Ho Chi Minh City.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-07-16/chinese-oil-firm-moves-rig-away-from-disputed-waters-off-vietnam.html
A Chinese oil company has completed drilling in disputed waters off the coast of Vietnam and moved a rig that sparked skirmishes between boats of the two countries and deadly anti-Chinese riots in Vietnam.
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Vietnam's biggest publicly traded drugmaker preps for the country's tighter control on prescription medication.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-07-08/vietnam-drugmaker-dhg-to-expand-as-antibiotic-curbs-bite.html
DHG Pharmaceutical JSC, Vietnam’s largest drugmaker by market value, plans to boost sales of health supplements, ramp up exports and expand into Myanmar as the industry faces tighter domestic controls on antibiotics.
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For more than eight years, Luong Thi Kim Oanh bought cases of thread from China for her garment factory in Hanoi. Last month, rattled by an anti-China riot in her country, she placed her first order from South Korea.

“I used to buy 90 percent of my thread from China,” said Oanh, 52, who employs about 200 people at Viet Hung Garments & Embroidery. “Shifting sourcing may cost us more, but we need to think of it now, or it may be too late. You never know how things may turn out.”

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-06-16/china-aggression-sounds-wake-up-call-for-vietnam-s-manufacturers.html
For more than eight years, Luong Thi Kim Oanh bought cases of thread from China for her garment factory in Hanoi. Last month, rattled by an anti-China riot in her country, she placed her first order from South Korea.
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Watch Bloomberg's Bureau chief in Vietnam, Oanh Ha who reported in the vicinity of Chinese exploration rig within Vietnam's United Nation-defined  exclusive economic zone.
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Vu Ngoc Hung traded his 12-year-old Taiwanese scooter for a brand-new $28,500 Honda City after a lender financed 80 percent of his white four-door sedan based on his Uber fares. The program with Viet Capital Bank enabled him to more than triple his income to $850 a month through the app-based taxi service to support his wife and parents, who previously sold stationary from home to help make ends meet.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-06-20/uber-loan-program-helps-vietnamese-swap-scooters-for-new-hondas
In Vietnam, where motorbikes outnumber cars by a factor of 16, Uber Technologies Inc. is helping to create a new generation of auto drivers with first-time bank loans for vehicle purchases.
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Hanoi chicken farmer Nguyen Huu Tuyen blames inexpensive poultry imported from the U.S. for the loss of almost $14,000 this year.
Farmers such as Tuyen say the only way American companies can undercut Vietnamese poultry prices is if they export chicken at artificially low prices or ship damaged meat to the Southeast Asian country.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-08-16/chicken-war-with-u-s-shows-free-trade-threat-to-vietnam-farmers
Hanoi chicken farmer Nguyen Huu Tuyen blames inexpensive poultry imported from the U.S. for the loss of almost $14,000 this year.
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“This is the first environmental disaster in Vietnam’s coal mining industry, and the consequences are yet to be identified in terms of scale, duration and intensity,” said Nguyen Dang Anh Thi, a consultant to the World Bank’s International Finance Corp. resources efficiency program. 

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-08-16/coal-caked-home-shows-danger-of-vietnam-s-cheap-power
Coal miner Pham Van Tuyen and his family narrowly escaped through a window as floodwaters and slurry inundated their home in northeastern Vietnam last month. After surviving Quang Ninh province’s worst torrential rains in four decades, the Tuyens still face lingering danger.
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Apple products are popular in Vietnam, where a brand-savvy young population covets the instant recognition a slender iPhone brings, said Lam Nguyen, Ho Chi Minh City-based country director at International Data Corp. 

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-07-15/apple-looks-to-status-hungry-vietnam-for-growth-southeast-asia.html
Bich Ngoc, who earns less than $60 a week and has a newborn son, cobbled together four months of savings to buy the latest iPhone so she could impress her colleagues who have older versions of the device.
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In addition to enlisting other countries to protest moves against foreign fish, Vietnam’s government is fighting back in other ways.

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-06-30/the-catfish-wars-heat-up-and-u-dot-s-dot-asia-trade-hangs-in-the-balance#r=hpt-ls
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From the exciting moment I found my beloved durian in a small town in Massachusetts during my first days in America to the moment I found its smell troubled my host, her friends and her daughter to the moment it had to land in a trash bin. 
Durian is my favorite fruit. Popular in South East Asia from Vietnam to Malaysia, durian stands out for its thorn-covered rind and offensive aroma but pleasant taste. When its season comes in the s...
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