After the Soviet Union fell, state-owned factories in Vietnam became much more reliant on products that would appeal to an international audience.
A final hitch accompanied Donald Trump's misfiring summit in Vietnam
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Vietnamese people have been caught up in the excitement of the summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and were out and about on Wednesday hoping for a glimpse of the two leaders.
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US President Donald Trump arrived in Vietnam on Tuesday for his second summit with the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un
Bodyguards ran alongside Kim Jong-un's limousine as the North Korean leader travelled to Hanoi for a meeting with US President Donald Trump.
Kim and Trump will meet for the second time this week after their historic meeting in Singapore last year led to general commitments to improve relations and denuclearise the Korean peninsula, but no concrete agreements.
One salon is even offering free Trump and Kim cuts until the end of the summit, with Kim's proving the most popular.
Locals flocked to an ancient pagoda in Vietnam's capital, Hanoi on Thursday to pray for better luck in love on the celebration of Valentine's Day.
Incense stick production a boost to rural Vietnamese economy
Several hundred people participated in a bike rally on Sunday to mark the end of Hanoi's annual gay pride week and to advocate for LGBT rights in Vietnam.
The "Golden Bridge" in the Ba Na Hills has attracted many tourists since it opened in June and sits a 1,000 metres above sea level
There's almost more plastic than sand on this long, tree-lined beach: Plastic helmets, furniture and the plastic leg of a shop mannequin all stand out of an ocean of blue plastic bags.
Hundreds of men, women and children were killed in the worst recorded US war crime committed in the Vietnam war
The USS Carl Vinson could be seen on Monday morning from the cliff tops just outside the central Vietnamese city of Danang, where the 103,000-tonne carrier and two other US ships begin a five-day visit.
The USS Carl Vinson's arrival in Vietnam is deeply symbolic of growing ties between the former foes
Vietnam braces for deadly storm after it caused the death of 230 people in The Philippines
A Vietnamese researcher demonstrates how to hack Apple's face-recognition software with a mask and it's not a piece of cake
He says he believes US intelligence agencies on the issue but still wants to get on with Russia
The US and Russian leaders also discussed Syria and North Korea at their first meeting in four months.
Trump used the summit to reiterate his vision of 'America First'
Will presidents Trump and Putin meet? That was one of the big questions as world leaders gathered for the APEC summit in Vietnam.
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The pair previously met at a G20 summit in Hamburg in July
Vietnam's Hoi An floods following powerful typhoon
Dozens have been killed and thousands of homes have been flattened as the storm rages in the country's central and southern regions.