In the dead of night, the entire front half of shopkeeper Ta Thi Kim Anh’s house collapsed. Perched on the sandy banks of the Mekong River, it took just a few minutes for one half of everything she owned to plunge into its murky depths.
Bilateral trade between Myanmar and Vietnam has reached over $362 million in five months of the six-month transitional period from April to September this year, according to the figures from the Commerce Ministry.
Vietnam has seized around a ton of pangolin scales and ivory hidden inside dozens of boxes on a flight from Nigeria, state media reported, a haul highlighting the illegal wildlife trade routes connecting Africa and Southeast Asia.
Vietnam is estimated to gain gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 7.08 percent in the first half of this year, the highest first-half growth rate since 2011, the country's General Statistics Office said on Friday.