Here are the leading news stories about Vietnam you should not miss today, December 10.
-- President Truong Tan Sang and his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko discussed ways to elevate economic and trade ties to a new height as they met in Hanoi on Wednesday.
-- Azerbaijan treasures its traditional relationship and cooperation with Vietnam, considering the country a top Southeast Asian partner, Mubariz Gurbanli, deputy executive secretary of the New Azerbaijan Party, said during talks with Vietnam’s Politburo member Le Hong Anh in Hanoi on Wednesday.
-- Two were killed while six others were injured in the collapse of an under-construction filling station in the north-central province of Ha Tinh on Wednesday.
-- A South Korean national is being held by police in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong for allegedly using fake credit cards to buy goods from a local mobile phone store, officers said Wednesday.
-- A 16-year-old boy was put in police custody on Wednesday for committing as many as 11 robberies in the southern province of Ben Tre.
-- The power utility in Ho Chi Minh City is slated to put all of the electric and telecom wires in District 1 and District 3 underground between 2016 and 2020, while the ratio in other districts such as Binh Thanh and Phu Nhuan is 50 percent.
-- Although Vietnam views the new rule on catfish inspection the U.S. is set to apply next year as disappointing and unnecessary, the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers on Wednesday called on its members to be prepared to abide by the new regulation.
-- Vietnam’s FPT Group and Japanese Fujitsu have teamed up to set up a smart agriculture center, spanning 400 square meters in Hanoi, to grow clean, high-value vegetables.
-- The Ho Chi Minh City market surveillance agency on Wednesday destroyed more than 80,000 metric tons of Chinese goods having been sold under the guise of made-in-Vietnam products since early 2014.
-- The two-week Vietnam Fine Arts Exhibition kicked off in Hanoi on Wednesday, showcasing more than 400 artworks of painting, graphics, performance and video arts typical of the country’s fine arts trends in the 2011-15 period.
-- Vietnam finished fourth at the 8th ASEAN Para Games, a multi-sport event for Southeast Asian athletes with disabilities that concluded Wednesday in Singapore, with 48 gold medals, 58 silvers and 50 bronzes.