Catch up on the news in Vietnam today:
-- Vietnam objects to China’s installation and use of two automatic ship identification stations in the Hoang Sa (Paracels) archipelago as the action violates the Southeast Asian country’s sovereignty over the group of islands, Pham Thu Hang, spokesperson of the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said on Monday.
-- Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh on Monday evening (Brazil time) left Brasilia, the capital of Brazil, wrapping up his visit to the U.S. and Brazil from September 17 to 25.
-- A high-level delegation led by President of the National Assembly of People's Power of Cuba Esteban Lazo Hernandez visited the Vietnam - Cuba Friendship Hospital in Quang Binh Province, north-central Vietnam on Monday. The president said the hospital is a permanent symbol of the friendship and solidarity between the two countries.
-- Vietnam is a trustworthy partner and loyal friend of Bulgaria, the Vietnam News Agency reported, citing Bulgarian President Rumen Radev while he was hosting visiting Vietnamese National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue in Sofia on Monday. The Vietnamese official is on a visit to the European country from Saturday last week to Tuesday this week.
-- The average life expectancy of men and women in Vietnam ranks fifth and second, respectively, in Southeast Asia but Vietnamese people have to live with diseases for a longer time than those in other regional countries, for 10 years on average, according to the World Health Organization and the Vietnamese Ministry of Health.
-- The Vietnamese Ministry of Health on Monday confirmed a monkeypox case in Dong Nai Province and another case in Binh Duong Province, both neighbors of Ho Chi Minh City, raising the number of monkeypox cases in Vietnam to four.
-- As many as 30 students in the northern mountainous province of Cao Bang developed food poisoning symptoms on Thursday and Friday last week after drinking soft drinks of unclear origin. The labels on the soft drink bottles are in Chinese, the provincial Department of Health reported on Monday.
-- A tornado ripped into a commune in Quang Tri Province, located in Vietnam’s north-central region, on Monday, blowing off the roofs of 67 houses, a local official said the same day.
-- Sydney-based commercial finance provider Acuity Funding and Vietnam’s Tin Thanh Group on Monday concluded a deal in which the former would provide US$6.4 billion for the latter's green projects in Vietnam and the U.S..
-- “Sea ice that packs the ocean around Antarctica hit record low levels this winter,” Reuters reported, quoting the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center, adding to scientists' fears that “the impact of climate change at the southern pole is ramping up”.
-- “Chinese tourists landing in Bangkok got a VIP welcome on Monday, as Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin personally greeted the first batch of visitors to arrive in Thailand after it waived visas for Chinese nationals to boost the key tourism industry,” according to Reuters.