What you need to know today:
-- Some US senators on Wednesday congratulated Vietnam on assuming the Chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, an important multilateral organization for advancing a free and open Indo-Pacific region, the Vietnam News Agency reported.
-- Vietnam’s Party General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong talked over the phone with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on Thursday, against the backdrop of the upcoming Lunar New Year festival and 70 years of Vietnam-China diplomatic ties, according to the Vietnam News Agency.
-- Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on Thursday sent a diplomatic note to congratulate Mikhail Mishustin on being appointed the prime minister of Russia.
-- The head of the Vietnamese Permanent Mission to the United Nations, Vietnamese Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy on Wednesday presided over a meeting of the UN Security Council, looking into political and security situations in Mali, the Vietnam News Agency said.
-- At least one died when a 45-seater long-haul bus turned on its side in an accident in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak on Thursday night.
-- Civilians are now allowed to visually or aurally record their conversations with traffic police officers to supervise the latter’s way to perform their duty, according to a Ministry of Public Security circular that took effect on Wednesday.
-- Vietnam’s Ministry of Education and Training has announced that it would only approve the use of English textbooks written by Vietnamese authors in public schools.
-- Vietnam bowed out of the 2020 AFC U23 Championship following a 1-2 defeat against North Korea in their last group-stage match in Thailand on Thursday.