National committee established to prepare for ASEAN Chairmanship
 Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc recently signed a decision on the establishment of a national committee tasked with making preparations for Vietnam to shoulder the ASEAN Chairmanship in 2020.

Shares to grow slower in next two weeks
 Vietnamese shares are forecast to rise at a slower pace over the last two weeks of the year amid worries about volatile global markets and falling domestic purchases despite the upcoming quarterly earnings season.

Vietnam’s medicinal plants: the ‘green gold’ mine in danger
VietNamNet Bridge - The rich medicinal plant treasure of Vietnam is in danger. From the northern mountainous provinces to the Central Highlands, the plants are being overexploited for export to China.

RoK President congratulates Vietnam for triumph at AFF Suzuki Cup
 President of the Republic of Korea (RoK) Moon Jae-in has congratulated Vietnam’s national football team and Korean head coach Park Hang-seo on their triumph at the AFF Suzuki Cup 2018 on December 15.

Were Taylor Swift fans tracked at her gig?
 A major stadium in Los Angeles has confirmed that it uses facial recognition tech during sport and music events, to spot known troublemakers.

Thien Ma racetrack
Located in Da Oai commune in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong, Thien Ma Madagui is one of the biggest racetracks in Southeast Asia.

Flag-making village in Hanoi
Located 30km south of Hanoi centre, Tu Van village in Le Loi commune, Thuong Tin district, has been making national flags for more than 70 years.

Cherry blossom festival to return to Pa Khoang, Dien Bien
 The cherry blossom festival will return to Pa Khoang commune, Dien Bien district, the northwestern province of Dien Bien for the second time from January 11 – 13, 2019.

Events on December 10-16
 Events on December 10-16