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Vietnam are in Group A with the RoK, Myanmar and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). However, the DPRK withdrew from the event for an undisclosed reason, making qualifying for the next round that much easier.

The only goal of the match was scored by Ngan Thi Van Su from a good pass by Bich Thuy in the 62nd minute.

Vietnam will face the hosts RoK in the last match of Group A on February 9th./.

Vietnamese airlines sets up 3 direct aviation routes to India

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Vietjet Air will open 3 direct routes linking Vietnam’s Da Nang, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city with 2 India’s large economic, political and cultural centers, New Delhi and Mumbai, in order to satisfy the increasing travel demand between Vietnamese and Indian investors and the region.

Accordingly, the Da Nang – New Delhi and Hanoi – Mumbai routes will be put into operation on May 14th, with 5 flights and 3 flights per week, respectively, while the Ho Chi Minh City – Mumbai route will offer 4 flights per week from May 15th.

Vietjet Air Deputy General Director Nguyen Thanh Son said flights between Vietnam and India take only over 5 hours with suitable departure time across days in a week. They expect to open up tourism, trade and economic cooperation opportunities between the two countries.

According to Mr. Son, the routes continue to make it easier for passengers to fly to Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and other regional countries.

India has become an attractive tourist destination in Asia in recent years because of its diverse cultural, religious, food and tourism characteristics. Besides the famous capital New Delhi, Mumbai, India's important financial and economic center, is also an extremely attractive destination. This ancient land is home to many treasures of cultural heritage, colorful festivals and the mysterious religious cradle of the East./. 

Vietnam earns over 270 million USD from rice exports

In January, Vietnam earn 270.3 million USD from exporting 560,000 tons of rice, presenting a month-on-month increase of 39 in value and 12% in volume, the General Department of Customs has reported.

Vietnam sees strong growth in rice exports in January (Photo: VNA)

The figure saw a year-on-year increase of 28.1% in volume and 38.4% in value.

Before the Tet festival, local businesses contracts to ship rice to the Philippines and Malaysia due to more competitive prices than other countries.

FOB (free on board) prices stand between 340 USD and 350 USD per tonne for five-per-cent-broken rice, falling 10-20 USD for 15-percent broken rice and 25-percent broken rice.

This year, the Philippines is expected to maintain its import volume, while the African market is forecast to purchase 1 million tons, followed by Malaysia at 500,000 tons.

The nation also exports from 300,000 to 400,000 tons to Cuba each year, while Iraq buys about 300,000 tons. China plans to buy 400,000 tons of local rice every year.

Talking with Vietnam News Agency, Bui Thi Thanh Tam, General Director of the Northern Food Corporation, said five years ago, China was the largest market for local rice but now Vietnam had expanded its export markets. This meant the coronavirus epidemic would not take a big hit on Vietnam's rice exports.

Do Ha Nam, Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Food Association, said China would continue to tighten rice imports this year, so the rice import quota from Vietnam would stay the same as last year.

However, Vietnam has a chance to boost its rice exports to Japan this year because it wants to diversify its rice import sources by seeking other suppliers from countries that have signed the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), including Vietnam. At present, Japan depends on US rice supplies.

The Import-Export Department under the Ministry of Industry and Trade also said, besides allocating a quota of 20,000 tons of rice to all members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) this year, the Republic of Korea had given a quota of 55,112 tons of rice for Vietnam, according to a multilateral agreement between the Republic of Korea and five WTO partners, including Australia, the US, China and Thailand./.

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