Pham Thanh Binh, the former boss of Vinashin, one of Vietnam's largest state-owned companies, is arrested on suspicion of nearly bankrupting the company.
Vietnam announces that it plans to postpone the Southeast Asia Games, one of the five subregional Games of the Olympic Council of Asia, until next year, citing concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic. Eight of the 11 member states of the Southeast Asian Games Federation have objected to Vietnam's proposal to postpone the competition, according to a statement from the Olympic Council of Malaysia.
Vietnamese lawmakers approve a law allowing broad foreign ownership of property, as the government seeks to boost an ailing real-estate market and accelerate growth. [http:--www.afr.com-p-world-vietnam_relaxes_foreign_land_ownership_8NFO2wC6e4aWVLVmOo8TfJ (Financial Review)]date=August 2019
A major search operation is underway for the "Sunrise-689", a Vietnamese vessel carrying 18 crew members and 5,226 tonnes of oil which lost both radio and radar contact on October 3 40 minutes after its departure from Singapore.