Read what is in the news today, June 24!
-- Concerns about the possible impacts of the U.S.-China trade war on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the need for ASEAN to enhance solidarity and consensus in this context were emphasized by leaders of the bloc’s member states during a retreat session within the framework of the 34th ASEAN Summit in Bangkok, Thailand on Sunday.
-- Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc had a working session with his Lao and Cambodian counterparts Thongloun Sisoulith and Hun Sen on the sidelines of the 34th ASEAN Summit in Bangkok, Thailand on Sunday. The three premiers said they were happy to see their countries obtaining solid socio-economic achievements.
-- A set of remains possibly belonging to a U.S. soldier missing in action (MIA) in Vietnam was repatriated at a ceremony at the Da Nang International Airport in the central city of Da Nang on Sunday as both countries marked the 150th repatriation ceremony.
-- Scorching sun will affect central Vietnam in the upcoming days, bringing temperatures to over 40 degrees Celsius in some areas as northern and southern Vietnam are forecast to be cooled by rains.
-- Wired Internet speed in Vietnam was only half as fast as the global average in 2018, clocking in at 27.18 Mbps compared to the world’s average of 54.33 Mbps as local Internet service providers are racing to improve connection speed to compete in the data era.
-- PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc has welcomed major groups of Thailand such as Thaibev, Amata and Siam Cement Group to make big investment in Vietnam at a reception for leaders of Thai groups having invested in Vietnam on the sidelines of the 34th ASEAN Summit in Bangkok on Sunday.
-- Seventy-five Vietnamese companies with remarkable achievements in product and service quality and business performance were presented with the prestigious Vietnam National Quality Awards at a ceremony in Hanoi on Sunday.
-- More than 700 Japanese sat a Vietnamese language proficiency test in Tokyo, Japan on Sunday during the third edition of the annual test held by the Japan College of Foreign Languages since 2017.
-- Two pyrotechnic teams from the UK and Finland have made it to the final round of the 2019 Da Nang International Fireworks Festival, which will be held in the central city of Da Nang on July 6 after a month-long competition.