Government News In Brief
US diplomat praises Vietnam’s international integration efforts, Vietnam steps up anti-drug cooperation with Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam treasures friendship, cooperation with Cambodia: Party leader

Competition intensifies in local retail market
 The competition in the domestic retail market is heating up as both local and foreign retailers are making plans to launch new outlets, while some retailers have even been taken over by others, according to Thanh Nien newspaper.

Vietnam’s rising healthcare spending is inevitable trend
 A report from the World Bank warned that aging will likely hit Vietnam with full force within a very short time span. This transition would come in a mere 15 years and be completed well before the 2040s.

Local IT engineers on par with global ones: Orchestra Networks
 Vietnamese information technology engineers are as qualified as those in the global market but receive lower salaries, increasing Vietnam’s attractiveness to foreign software enterprises.

Destructive fishing methods depleting aquatic sources
VietNamNet Bridge - The overexploitation of aquatic resources in Quang Ninh province has worsened in recent years because of destructive fishing methods.

Vietnam storms into AFF Cup final
Vietnam glowed red on December 6 night as football fans celebrated the country’s victory over the Philippines, entering into the final of the AFF Suzuki Cup 2018.

Circus march enchants wanderers in pedestrian streets
A wide range of circus acts dazzled wanderers in pedestrian streets around Sword Lake on December 2, 2018, as part of the National Circus Competition 2018.

Jingle Bells set to enliven the Saigon Opera House
 Jingle Bells, White Christmas and O Come All Ye Faithful – all these must appear in any Christmas Concert worthy of the name. But the HBSO has opted for some sophisticated variations on these traditional favorites.

Hue painter to hold first solo exhibition in town
 Hue-based artist Truong The Linh will open his first solo gallery exhibition titled “Instability” at Craig Thomas Gallery in District 1 of HCMC on December 14.