— General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong suggested several major directions for developing relations between Vietnam and Indonesia in the future during a phone dialogue with Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Thursday, according to the Vietnam News Agency.

— Vietnam requests that the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) remove a Chinese map that includes a so-called ‘nine-dash line’ from its Facebook account, Le Thi Thu Hang, spokesperson of the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said on Thursday. The WMO uploaded the map on Tuesday to show China’s summer heatwave. China uses the absurd nine-dash line to claim nearly all of the East Vietnam Sea.

Society

— Ho Chi Minh City will not hold fireworks displays on National Day (September 2) but it will host parasailing and hot-air balloon shows instead. 

— An appeal court on Thursday upheld a nine-year sentence for Pham Thi Doan Trang for propaganda against the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

Business

— Over half of the Japanese companies in Vietnam have plans to expand their business in the country in the next one or two years, Shigetoshi Aoyama, executive vice-president of the Japan External Trade Organization, said on Wednesday in Tokyo, citing a survey.

— The Vietbuild Ho Chi Minh City 2022 International Exhibition opened at VISKY EXPO Exhibition & Convention Center – Quang Trung Software City in District 12 on Thursday, with the participation of over 1,000 booths introducing new tech in construction. The expo will close on Monday.

— Boeing is willing to cooperate with Vietnamese suppliers and help them become an important part of the company’s global supply chain, the Vietnam News Agency cited Michael Nguyen, country director of Boeing Vietnam, as saying at an aerospace industry forum in Hanoi on Thursday. 

Sports

— Länk FC Vilaverdense, a a Portuguese football club, debuted Huynh Nhu, a Vietnamese striker, on Thursday. She is the first Vietnamese female player to play abroad.

World News

— “The number of monkeypox cases reported globally declined by 21% last week, after a month-long trend of rising infections,” Reuters reported the World Health Organization as saying on Thursday.

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