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Socialist Republic of Vietnam
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Location  Southeast Asia
Capital  Hanoi
Area  331,210 sq km
Population  97,040,334
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  • Pope Francis named Pierre Nguyen Van Nhon of Vietnam as a cardinal among a new batch of cardinals selected by Pope on 4 January 2015.[1]

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  • Doctors removed a tumour from a Vietnamese man's right leg Weighed 90kg in a complex 12-hour operation carried out on 5 January 2012 at the France-Vietnam (FV) hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.[2]

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  • Former Deputy Foreign Minister of Vietnam Le Luong Minh assumed the post of secretary-general of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on 9 January 2013 in a ceremony for the transfer of office at the ASEAN Secretariat, Jakarta. He became the first Vietnamese representative to take the helm of the ASEAN.
  • Researchers from Australia and Vietnam discovered a new species of "flying frog" in a lowland forest in Vietnam less than 100 kilometres from Ho Chi Minh City. Despite being commonly referred to as a "flying" frog, it doesn't really fly. Rather it uses its feet as parachutes to help it glide through the canopy.[3]

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  • Vietnam became a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), an organization commenced to deal with the rules of trade between nations, on 11 January 2007.[4]

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  • Vietnamese researchers and their international colleagues have identified a series of mutations which make the malaria parasite resistant to an effective antimalarial drug, artemisinin. The results, published in Nature Genetics on 19 January 2015, could help to improve early detection of emerging artemisinin resistance.[5]

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  • Vietnam won silver at the 2018 AFC U-23 Football Championship after losing to Uzbekistan 2-1 in the final at the Changzhou Olympic Sports Centre.[6]

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  • The United States trade embargo against Vietnam was ended on 3 February 1994, approximately after 19 years since the Vietnam War. The decision was triggered as a result of Vietnam’s gesture of goodwill in finding the remains of over 2000 Americans missing during the war, and under pressure from US companies wanting to do business in Vietnam.[7]

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  • Vietnam and twelve other countries which are home to the world's dwindling population of wild tigers on 6 February 2015 agreed to establish an intelligence-sharing network to fight traffickers.[8]

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  • US fast-food giant McDonald's opened its first restaurant in Vietnam on 8 February 2014, nearly 40 years after the end of the war which ended in defeat for America. The restaurant, located in Ho Chi Minh City, is seen as a sign of Vietnam’s rising wealth.[9]

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  • Vietnamese airlines were granted permission to fly to the United States for the first time after the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on 14 February 2019 announced that Vietnam complies with international safety standards.[10]

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  • The Pink Choice, a series of works by Vietnamese photographer Maika Elan won first prize at the 2013 World Press Photo Contest in Contemporary Issues category.[11]

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  • Based on analysis of several genes, a team of researchers from five countries, including researchers from Vietnam, identified ten primary branches in the tree of life of one of the largest groups of passerine birds, the so-called Passerida.[12]

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  • Ta Phong Tan, a ground-breaking blogger from Vietnam, was honored with the 2013 International Women of Courage Award by the United States Department of State at a presentation ceremony in Washington for her constructive political articles.

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  • Vietnam's Nguyen Huong Giang was crowned Miss International Queen in Thailand on 9 March 2018 at one of the world's top beauty pageants for transgender women.

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  • Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, a blogger and activist who, since 2006, has blogged extensively on environmental and human rights issues in Vietnam, was honoured with the United States Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award 2017.[13]
  • Vietnam inaugurated world's largest dragon-shaped steel bridge over the Han river in the central city of Danang on 29 March 2013 to mark the 38th anniversary of its Liberation Day.[14]

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  • Vietnam’s National Assembly (NA) on 31 March 2016 elected Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan as the country’s first female house speaker.


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  • Vietnam’s first wind farm in the central province of Binh Thuan’s Tuy Phong district went into operation on 18 April 2012.[15]

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  • Khanh Nguy Thi of Vietnam was named as the winner of the 2018 Goldman Prize Asia for using scientific research and engaging Vietnamese state agencies to advocate for sustainable long-term energy projections in Vietnam.[16]
  • Vietnam International Commercial Joint Stock Bank won the Asian Development Bank Trade Finance Program (TFP) award on 23 April 2015 for their role in supporting trade in the region.[17]

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  • “The Vietnam War” ended on April 30, 1975. Vietnam was divided between communist North Vietnam and US-backed South Vietnam. Like all wars, the Vietnam War was notorious for its barbarity and the appalling loss of life. Peace talks began in Paris, France, in 1968, but the war was to continue for seven more years before the last US-troops to be evacuated were airlifted from Saigon on April 30, 1975.[18]


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  • An international team of biologists, including researchers from Vietnam, have identified a new bird species in China based on its distinctive song. The new bird, the Sichuan bush warbler, was discovered in five mountainous provinces in central China and was described in the Avian Research journal on 1 May 2015.[19]

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  • Vietnam and South Korea officially signed a bilateral Free Trade Agreement (FTA) on 5 May 2015 in a ceremony held in Hanoi. The agreement is expected to enable their trade to reach $70 billion a year by 2020.

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  • The United States of America on 23 May 2016 fully lifted a decades-long ban on the sale of military equipment to Vietnam.[20]

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  • Vietnam and other thirty-seven countries met internationally-set hunger eradication targets set for 2015 to halve the percentage of hungry people well ahead of time, the United Nations food agency revealed on 12 June 2013.[21]

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  • A team of Vietnamese and Australian archaeologists discovered a 3500-year-old Vietnamese toilet in Southern Vietnam that could yield important clues about early South-East Asian society, according to an official announcement on 14 June 2012.[22]

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  • Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex in Ninh Binh Province in northern Vietnam was inscribed in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)’s World Heritage List on 23 June 2014.[23]

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  • Citadel of the Ho Dynasty in Vietnam was listed in the UNESCO world heritage list on June 27, 2011. The 14th -century Ho Dynasty citadel, built according to the feng shui principles, testifies to the flowering of neo-Confucianism in late 14th century Vietnam and its spread to other parts of East Asia.[24]

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  • On 2 July 2013, the United States and Russia announced the successful removal of 11 kilograms of Highly Enriched Uranium (HEU) out of Vietnam in an effort to help Vietnam become uranium-free, as part of a global campaign to reduce the use of nuclear fuel that could also provide material for bombs.

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  • Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park in Vietnam was inscribed to UNESCO’s prestigious World Heritage List on 3 July 2015.[25]

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  • A team of international scientists, including researchers from Vietnam, has developed the world's first vaccine against dengue fever seen to provide moderate protection in large-scale trials. Their study was published in the Lancet journal on 11 July 2014.[26]

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  • Vietnamese students won three gold, two silver and one bronze medals in the prestigious 2014 International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) held in Cape Town, South Africa.[27]

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  • The Vietnamese government has lent Australia a white concrete crucifix built by Australian soldiers during the Vietnam War in memory of their fallen countrymen, a gesture that is a milestone in the former enemies' warming relations. The Long Tan Cross was unpacked at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra on 26 July 2012.

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  • Vietnam and the European Union on 4 August 2015 reached an agreement in principle for a free trade agreement (FTA), after two and a half years of intense negotiations. This agreement will remove nearly all tariffs on goods traded between the two economies.[28]
  • Vietnam's micro-satellite Pico Dragon was launched to International Space Station (ISS) by Japan's Kounotori-4 (HTV-4) cargo spacecraft on 4 August 2013. Pico Dragon is programmed to take pictures of the Earth, measure several parameters by sensors on the satellite, and pilot communications with the earth.[29]

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  • Xuan Vinh Hoang of Vietnam won 10m Air Pistol Men shooting gold at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Brazil. It was Vietnam's first ever Olympic gold medal.

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  • The United States and Vietnam on 9 August 2012 began cleaning up the toxic chemical defoliant Agent Orange on part of Danang International Airport, marking the first time Washington has been involved in cleaning up Agent Orange in Vietnam. The U.S. military sprayed up to 12 million gallons of the defoliant onto Vietnam's jungles over a 10-year period during the Vietnam War.[30]

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  • Vietnamese women team won gold in Lightweight Quadruple Sculls Rowing at the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia on 23 August 2018.
  • Vietnam's independence leader, Ho Chi Minh, was a hero to his countrymen and known for his role during liberation of Vietnam from French colonial rule and unification of North and South Vietnam. TIME Magazine named Ho Chi Minh to its list of "The Most Influential Asians of the Century" in its August 23-30, 1999 VOL. 154 NO. 7/8 issue.[31]

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  • Vietnam's Independence Day. On September 2, 1945, in Hanoi’s Ba Dinh Square, hundreds of thousands of people heard President Ho Chi Minh, on behalf of the provisional government, read out the Declaration of Independence.[32]

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  • LE van Cong of Vietnam won Men's -49 kg - Powerlifting gold at the 2016 Rio Paralympics in Brazil.

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  • Vietnam's first urban railway, the Cat Linh-Ha Dong elevated rail line in Vietnam's Hanoi capital, started its trial operation on 20 September 2018.

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  • Vietnam and Comoros established diplomatic relations at the United Nations on 24 September 2015 prior the United Nations Summit 2015. The two sides agreed to exchange diplomatic representatives at the Ambassadorial level and apply the 1961 Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations.

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  • The United States on 2 October 2014 partially lifted a long-time ban on lethal weapon sales to Vietnam to help it improve maritime security, a historic move that comes nearly 40 years after the end of the Vietnam War.

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  • Fifteen-year-old Nguyen Thi Thu Trang of Vietnam was announced as the winner of the 2016 Universal Postal Union (UPU) International Letter-Writing Competition.[33]

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  • The World Health Organization (WHO) on 8 October 2018 certified Vietnam as having eliminated lymphatic filariasis as a public health problem, signalling continued global progress against this profoundly disfiguring and disabling neglected tropical disease.[34]

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  • Vietnam and the United States signed a deal on civilian nuclear power on 10 October 2013 under which Hanoi committed not to produce ingredients for atomic weapons.

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  • Huynh Thi Xam of Vietnam, who has a disability, works as a librarian in a centre that supports other people with disabilities, was included in the BBC global list of 100 inspirational and innovative women for 2017.

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  • Vietnam on 28 October 2016 was elected to serve on the United Nations Human Rights Council for a three-year terms beginning on 1 January 2017. The United Nations body is responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights around the globe.[35]

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  • Vietnam became the world's tenth country to successfully applying nanotechnology to produce Nano Curcumin, a substance that can help treat cancer, as reported on 31 October 2013. The breakthrough is the result of a two-year research project conducted by scientists at the National Chemistry Institute of the Vietnam Science and Technology Academy.


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  • Ngoc Lieu LE of Vietnam was awarded the 2013 Green Talents Award in Berlin for her research focused on the purification of biofuels produced from crop residues and waste materials.

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  • Scientists from Vietnam and their international colleagues have recognized a particular form of the HLA-DRB1 gene that may provide better protection against typhoid fever, which infects millions of people each year. The discovery, described in Nature Genetics on 10 November 2014, is expected to lead to improvements in the rational design of vaccines for this and other bacterial infections.[36]

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  • The United Nations General Assembly on 12 November 2013 elected Vietnam to serve on the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) for a period of three years beginning on 1 January 2014.
  • The saola—one of the rarest and most threatened mammals on the planet—was photographed in Vietnam for the first time in 15 years by a camera trap set by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Vietnamese government’s Forest Protection Department. This new image of the antelope-like, long-horned ox was captured and released in 2013.[37]

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  • FPT Information System (FIS) of Vietnam won the top prize at the 2013 eAsia Awards for its electronic customs clearance system for public services. The award was presented by the Asia Pacific Council for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business.[38]

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  • Trang Tran of Vietnam was named as one of the world's top 100 global thinkers by Foreign Policy, a Washington-based prestigious magazine of global politics, economics and ideas, on 1 December 2015 for cultivating mushrooms to clear the air in order to protect the local environment.

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  • African and Asian states, including Vietnam, reached a deal in Botswana on 3 December 2013 to crack down on the illegal ivory trade. The agreement was reached at the African Elephant Summit convened by the government of Botswana and IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature).[39]

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  • Vietnam secured the 8th position at the 2016 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) global education survey, which evaluates the quality, equity and efficiency of school systems.[40]

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  • Vietnam and South Africa signed a deal on 10 December 2012 to tackle rhino poaching and the lucrative illicit trade of the creature's horns for use in traditional medicine. The agreement included conservation and protection provisions, as well as a promise to increase law enforcement efforts and information sharing between the two countries.

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  • InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort in Vietnam was named World's Leading Luxury Resort at the World Travel Awards (WTA) Grand Final 2015 in Morocco.[41]

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  • Vietnamese women’s football team ended 2016 as the seventh highest ranked Asian national team according to the December FIFA listing released on 23 December 2016.[42]

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  • A team of Vietnamese and Japanese scientists has discovered the first volcanic cave system in Vietnam in the Central Highlands province of Dak Nong, as revealed on 24 December 2014. A part of the cave is considered the longest volcanic cave in Southeast Asia.[43]
  • Vietnamese scientists along with their international colleagues have discovered a new species of legless amphibian resembling a giant earthworm or a snake in Cambodia's south-west Cardamom Mountains. Their findings were presented in the Organisms Diversity & Evolution scientific journal on 24 December 2014.[44]

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  • Vietnam and Cambodia signed a financial cooperation agreement on infrastructure development on 26 December 2013. The pact is aimed at joint implementation of construction of Long BinhChreythom Bridge, which links Vietnamese province of An Giang and Cambodian province of Kandal.[45]

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