NDO/VNA – Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son talked on the phone with Party Secretary of China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region Lu Xinshe on September 14, congratulating Guangxi on its achievements in recent years, especially in controlling the pandemic and maintaining socio-economic development momentum, as well as its successful organisation of the 18th China-ASEAN Expo (CAEXPO).
FM Son thanked Guangxi for its decision to grant 800,000 doses of SinoPharm vaccine and medical equipment and supplies in support of Vietnam’s pandemic prevention and control.
Guangxi will make efforts to improve the efficiency of customs clearance of goods at railway and road border gates, facilitate the import of Vietnamese products, and well implement common perceptions of high-ranking leaders of the two parties and two countries, and strengthen friendship exchanges and substantive cooperation with Vietnamese localities, especially those along the borderline, thus contributing to consolidating the China-Vietnam comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership.
Ho Chi Minh City is planning to pilot COVID-19 green cards in districts 7, Can Gio and Cu Chi, where the pandemic has basically been controlled.
When it is approved by the Government, it would be put into use in districts 7, Can Gio and Cu Chi, he added.
The green cards will be issued to people who are vaccinated after a minimum of two weeks from the time they get their second shots of Astrazeneca, Pfizer, Moderna, Sinopharm, or Sputnik V vaccines or one shot of Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccine or if they have fully recovered after contracting COVID.
HÀ NỘI — The long-delayed Cát Linh - Hà Đông urban railway project needs an additional US$7.8 million for supervision and consulting costs, according to the Ministry of Transport.
In a recent document sent to the Ministry of Finance, the transport ministry said that the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract of the project could not be completed on schedule, causing delays and increasing the supervision and consulting cost by US$7.83 million.
The system is designed to have a main elevated line of more than 13km, 12 stations, and 13 trains. Each train, with a designed speed of up to 80km per hour, has four carriages capable of carrying more than 900 passengers. —VNS
HÀ NỘI — Borrowers will be the beneficiary of a newly-issued State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) circular on extending debt rescheduling as it helps them to keep cash flows stable, experts said.
The SBV last week issued Circular 14/2021/TT-NHNN, which revised Circular 03/2021/TT-NHNN, allowing banks to extend the repayment term for customers by another six months compared to Circular 03, until June 30, 2022.
VietinBank, for example, increased its provisions from 120 per cent in 2019 to 130 per cent of loans in 2020. In 2021, VietinBank aimed to keep the bad debt ratio below 2 per cent. — VNS
Restaurants in Hanoi are allowed to resume operations with precautionary measures in place.
Hanoi authorities will ease Covid-19 restrictions as of 12:00 pm on September 16 for Covid-19 free districts, the municipal People's Committee said in a document issued today [September 15].
The capital city has recorded 4,088 community cases of Covid-19 since the fourth wave began late April and it has applied a series of social distancing measures to curb the coronavirus spread.
NDO/VNA – A Vietnamese delegation led by Minister of Industry and Trade Nguyen Hong Dien attended economic ministerial-level consultation meetings between ASEAN and its partners - the US, Hong Kong (China), India, the European Union and Russia - held via video conference in the framework of the 53rd ASEAN Economic Ministers’ Meeting on September 14.
At the ASEAN-US consultation, Vietnam and ASEAN member states thanked the US Government for its donation of COVID-19 vaccines and other anti-pandemic assistance. They also hailed the US as the second largest trade partner of the bloc with a total trade of US$309 billion last year, up 4.6% annually.
At the consultation meetings, the ministers also spent time to talk with representatives of the ASEAN-US, ASEAN-India, ASEAN-EU and ASEAN-Russia Business Councils to grasp recommendations of the private sector regarding trade facilitation in the region.
VGP – Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son held phone talks with Secretary of tge Party Committee of China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region Lu Xinshe during which he thanked Guangxi for donating 800,000 doses of SinoPharm vaccine and medical supplies to Viet Nam.
The minister congratulated Guangxi on its achievements in recent years, especially in controlling the pandemic and maintaining socio-economic development momentum, and successful organization of the 18th China-ASEAN Expo (CAEXPO).
Earlier, on September 11, at the Meeting of the Vite Nam-China Steering Committee for Bilateral Cooperation, Chinese State Councilor and Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi announced that his country will aid Viet Nam with three million COVID-19 vaccine doses this year, raising the total vaccine donations to 5.7 million./.
During social distancing, artist Trần Lực regularly posts funny status updates and humorous pictures on his Facebook page to entertain his friends, colleagues and fans as well as helping them cope with stress and anxiety amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Nhân Dân Cuối Tuần (People’s Weekend) reporter Bình Nguyên Trang spoke to Trần Lực after he was shortlisted for People’s Artist title which will be announced at the end of this year.
Last year, the production Bạch Đàn Liễu earned me two golden prizes at the Hà Nội Theatre Festival. If I am given title People’s Artist, I will be pleased. The title will help my students to know about my efforts and my devotion to the profession.
NDO/VNA – If the COVID-19 pandemic is put under good control in September, the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth may reach 3.5-4% in the whole year, said Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung.
The minister held that although the predicted result is lower than the set target, it requires greater efforts of the whole political system and localities.
Besides, localities should increase meetings and dialogues with local businesses to create a more favourable investment environment for them, while ensuring social security, supporting pandemic-hit people, and actively building their own economic recovery plans.
NDO – Vietnam received a donation of 672,000 doses of Astra Zeneca COVID-19 vaccine from the Government of France and 812,060 doses of Astra Zeneca COVID-19 vaccine from the Government of Italy, both through the COVAX Facility, at a ceremony held in Hanoi on September 14.
With the delivery of vaccines donated by the Government of France and Italy, Vietnam has received 11,725,630 doses of COVID-19 vaccines via the COVAX Facility. The COVAX Facility is co-led by WHO, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness and Innovations (CEPI), and GAVI - the Vaccine Alliance, with UNICEF as a key delivery partner.
The Vietnamese embassy in Singapore on September 15 received the first batch of medical supplies donated by Singapore's Temasek Foundation to help Vietnam deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
The batch, comprising 16 ventilators, 10,000 protective suits, 50,000 BYD KN95 masks, 4,500 sets of gloves and 5,000 protective glasses, is expected to be transported to Vietnam on a flight of Vietnam Airlines on September 17.
Founded in 2007, Temasek Foundation is a non-profit organisation that has operated many projects in Vietnam in capacity improvement and training in health care, education and public administration./.
The estimated sale of Vietnamese cement products reached 70.7 million tonnes in the first eight months of 2021, up 4 percent year-on-year, in which, domestic consumption was about 43.54 million tonnes, down 5 percent, and export volume was 27.23 million tonnes, up 12 percent.
In August alone, the total volume of cement sold was 8.09 million tonnes, down 8 percent against August 2020, of which 4.97 million tonnes was sold in the domestic market and 3.12 million tonnes shipped abroad.
Regarding domestic consumption, the southern region has the strongest increase in consumption in the country with a year-on-year increase rate of 12.2 percent and. Therefore, the prolonged social distancing distance in this region will continue to affect domestic cement consumption significantly.
Ambassador Pham Hai Anh, Deputy Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the United Nations, has highlighted the importance of advancing the transitional process through the Juba Peace Agreement in Sudan, with efforts focused on resolving differences among the parties.
Addressing the UN Security Council’s briefing on activities of the 1591 Committee and the UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS) on September 14, Anh stressed that it was critical to foster collaboration among the United Nations, UNITAMS, African Union, Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and other international partners.
They reaffirmed their support for UNITAMS’s activities in backing the transition process in Sudan./.
China and Singapore have agreed to strengthen cooperation in COVID-19 prevention and control and digital economic development.
The consensus was reached during a meeting between Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat and Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Singapore on September 13.
They also exchanged views on regional and international developments, including ways to deepen cooperation between ASEAN and China, in conjunction with the 30th anniversary of ASEAN-China dialogue relations this year./.
HCMC’s Hoc Mon wholesale market is set to reopen soon as a transportation hub for fresh food as the city begins to gradually resume economic activities. -
The HCMC Department of Industry and Trade has green-lighted the reopening and a final approval from district authorities is awaited, Nguyen Tien Dung, the director of the market, said.
HCMC recorded over 6,300 new Covid-19 cases Tuesday.
E-pharmacy startup Medigo has received a $1 million investment from venture capital firm Touchstone Partners. -
The med-tech company, which helps users order medicine from pharmacies in the comfort of their homes, plans to expand its offerings to telemedicine and other healthcare services amid growing healthcare spending in Vietnam.
Speaking of the investment, co-founder of the firm Ngo Thuy Ngoc Tu said that amid the pandemic, Medigo has offered sustainable solutions to help Vietnamese access healthcare services at reasonable costs.
NDO - In a 2018 Groundswell report, the World Bank predicted that about 143 million people would migrate within their countries by 2050 due to climate change.
Three years later, in the World Bank’s updated Groundswell report, released on September 13, it increased this number significantly to 216 million people, or 3% of the population of the surveyed areas. In which, Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest number of migrants, with 86 million internal climate migrants; East Asia and the Pacific, 49 million; South Asia, 40 million; North Africa, 19 million; Latin America, 17 million; and Eastern Europe and Central Asia, 5 million.
In fact, climate change mostly affects the poorest, the most disadvantaged and vulnerable regions. Announcing the updated report, the WB has sounded a new emergency bell, so that the world can act immediately to stop the upcoming "migration wave" caused by climate change.
Apartment prices rose by 9 percent year-on-year in August in HCMC and by 8 percent in Hanoi despite falling demand, according to a popular real estate listing website. -
Batdongsan.com said in a report that searches on it for apartments in HCMC fell by 23 percent during the month and in Hanoi by 43 percent, indicating dwindling interest in this segment.
Limited land supply, rising land prices, delays in obtaining licenses, and a supply shortage are the reasons for the increase, she added.
Vietnam always finds a way to overcome obstacles and challenges, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of HSBC Vietnam Tim Evans said when giving comments on Vietnam’s economy and its GDP growth prospects.
“As a bank that has been in Vietnam for 151 years, we have been through ups and downs together with this country but we also know that Vietnam always finds a way to overcome obstacles and challenges. The national traits of perseverance and resilience will ensure this once again. Vietnam will prevail and the good times will return,” Evans said.
Strong foreign currency reserves coupled with a stable currency, inflation being under-control, continued strong FDI inflows with an emphasis on the manufacturing sector all position Vietnam will for the future. As a result, HSBC is forecasting GDP growth of 6.8 percent for the country in 2022 with a bullish outlook for the mid and long term./.
Hundreds of high schools in many provinces and cities of Cambodia officially reopened on September 15 after nearly six months of closure due to the COVID-19 epidemic.
In Phnom Penh, the launch of the new school year was marked with simple ceremonies at 227 high schools - including 68 public schools and 159 private educational institutions - with pandemic prevention measures strictly observed.
Teachers, students and staffs are required to wear masks at all time before entering the school. Each school needs to prepare bins for discarded masks. Food sales on and off campus are prohibited until further notice./.
NDO/VNA – Vietnam’s Deputy Foreign Minister Pham Quang Hieu and Secretary-General of Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ahmad Hassen Al-Hammadi shared their view that the two countries have great potential for cooperation, during their online talks on September 15.
Hieu noted with pleasure the active development of cooperation and friendship between Vietnam and Qatar over the past time, especially in politics and economy.
The two sides also agreed to cooperate in the pandemic fight. Vietnam called on Qatar to help the country with access to COVID-19 vaccine sources and other medical supplies.
The State Bank of Vietnam set the daily reference exchange rate at 23,117 VND/USD on September 15, down 13 VND from the previous day.
With the current trading band of +/-3 percent, the ceiling rate applicable to commercial banks during the day is 23,810 VND/USD and the floor rate 22,423 VND/USD.
Both rates at BIDV were also kept unchanged at 22,665 VND/USD (buying) and 22,865 VND/USD (selling)./.
HÀ NỘI — Shares rebounded on Wednesday after a choppy session as the market’s sentiment recovered. But foreign investors continued to net sell on both main exchanges, but the value was much smaller.
On the Hồ Chí Minh Stock Exchange (HoSE), the VN-Index bounced back after falling for two consecutive sessions. The benchmark finished yesterday at 1,245.83 points, up 6.13 points, or 0.46 per cent.
The market’s rebound went against the downtrend in the broader market. The Asian markets fell yesterday after weaker Chinese economic data. — VNS
Vietnam earned 2.19 billion USD from exporting 240,000 tonnes of shrimp in the first seven months of 2021, up 15.5% in volume and 16% in value over the same period in 2020.
The Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV) has contributed 25 billion VND (1.09 million USD) to a programme aimed to provide computers and telecommunications services for students and pupils with difficult circumstances, especially those living in COVID-19 pandemic-hit areas.
The bank's contribution to the programme aims to help needy students, especially those in localities applying social distancing measures under the Prime Minister’s Directive 16 to access sufficient conditions for their smooth and effective online studying.
According to statistics from the Ministry of Education and Training, as of September 12, online teaching and learning has been deployed in 26 out of 63 provinces and cities across the country. The total number of students joining online studying is estimated at 7.35 million, of them 1.5 million do not have computers./.
HÀ NỘI — Hà Nội on Wednesday allowed restaurants and food and drink establishments to reopen for delivery, starting 12:00 noon Thursday, but only in districts that have recorded no community COVID-19 cases since September 3.
The remaining 18 districts and townships – Ba Đình, Ba Vì, Bắc Từ Liêm, Cầu Giấy, Đan Phượng, Gia Lâm, Hoài Đức, Long Biên, Mê Linh, Mỹ Đức, Nam Từ Liêm, Phú Xuyên, Phúc Thọ, Quốc Oai, Sóc Sơn, Sơn Tây, Thanh Oai, Ứng Hoà – are at a ‘new normal’ level, or recording no community cases since September 3. — VNS
The Health Ministry confirmed 10,496 new local Covid-19 patients in 33 cities and provinces on Tuesday, down 672 against Monday's tally. -
Among the new patients, Ho Chi Minh City recorded 6,312 cases, followed by its neighboring provinces of Binh Duong (2,178), Dong Nai (777), and Long An (379).
The nation of 96 million has vaccinated more than 24.72 million against the new coronavirus, with more than 5.62 million having two doses.
NDO – With his noble revolutionary spirit and concern for the country's destiny and the people's prosperity and happiness, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong emphasised many important issues in the building of socialism and premises towards socialism.
He noted that the success or failure depends firstly on the correctness of the guidelines, political courage, leadership capacity and fighting strength of the Party.
The article has been likened to a textbook of high scientific value, orienting the activities of thinkers, theorists, revolutionary soldiers, cadres and Party members in the countries following the path of socialism. It is also an important document that will be propagated and studied at the Laos’ National Academy of Politics and Administration. I firmly believe that under the leadership of Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, the profound and accurate theoretical guidance will be demonstrated in practice, leading Vietnam towards the chosen goal of socialism.
Bangkok, Chon Buri, Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan and Chiang Mai will begin implementing their tourism reopening plans on October 1 as planned, Thai Minister of Tourism and Sports Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn has confirmed.
The Lao Health Ministry has called on people to refrain from making crowds at events to curb the risks of infection, as well as comply with preventive measures./.
HÀ NỘI — Aviation stocks have enjoyed strong gains following the news that social distancing orders will be relaxed after September 15 and business will gradually resume after prolonged restriction measures.
Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority of Việt Nam (CAAV) Đinh Việt Thắng has sent a written report to the Ministry of Transport asking for approval for the plan to operate regular domestic passenger routes during the COVID-19 pandemic prevention and control period.
A recent report, Agriseco Securities stated that the aviation industry will recover strongly in the 2022 - 23 period. It also expects that business results and stock prices of aviation enterprises will return as before, and this is the time to accumulate this industry group in investors’ portfolios. VNS
NDO/VNA – National team defender Doan Van Hau has been ruled out of the remaining World Cup qualifiers through injury.
His club, Hanoi FC, said he has had a recurrence of a knee injury and requires surgery. He is expected to be unavailable for the next five months.
The two teams will meet in the UAE as China is not prioritised by the government in terms of isolation time, leading the match to be play at a neutral venue.
Vietnam has so far received nearly 12 million vaccine doses via the COVAX Facility.
Vietnam today received through the COVAX Facility a combined 1.48 million AstraZeneca doses donated by France and Italy, including 672,000 doses by the Government of France and 812,060 doses from the Government of Italy.
To date, over 30 million vaccine doses have been administered in Vietnam, with more than 5.5 million fully inoculated. The additional vaccines will help the Ministry of Health to expand coverage and reach more people from priority groups, including the elderly and those with underlying conditions, contributing to attaining the country’s target of vaccinating more than 70% of the population by the end of the first quarter of 2022.
HÀ NỘI — The Hà Nội People’s Committee has chosen a design for the Trần Hưng Đạo Bridge, which will cross the Hồng (Red) River.
The whole project is estimated to cost nearly VNĐ9 trillion (US$395.6 million) and is expected to be carried out between 2022-25 under the Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) model. — VNS
NDO/VNA - Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh on September 14 chaired a meeting of the PM's special working group on removing bottlenecks and promoting the implementation of investment projects across the country.
At the event, participants said that one of the reasons why capital disbursement in the first eight months lagged behind the pace in the same period last year is that 2021 is the first year of the mid-term public investment plan for the 2021-2025.
The Deputy PM also ordered management agencies of national target programmes to quickly finish their investment dossiers to submit to the PM for approval.
HCM CITY - HCM City plans to build a new reservoir to cope with the shortage of clean water and ensure residents' quality of life.
The city's water supply industry has submitted a plan to build a reservoir with a capacity of 5 million m3, which could provide clean water to the people of HCM City within seven days.
Meanwhile, in HCM City, experts are worried about saline intrusion, flooding and pollutant discharge, which affect clean water supply. Together with irregular rainfall caused by climate change, the city will soon face water shortages similar to what Bangkok has been experiencing.
HCM CITY — Củ Chi District and District 7 in HCM City have kept the COVID-19 outbreak under control thanks to strict and early management of infected cases, timely emergency care and an increase in the number of treatment beds.
Secretary of the HCM City Party Committee Nguyễn Văn Nên said a pilot "new normal” scheme for HCM City after September 15 will first operate in the two districts.
In order to share the burden with the city, a hospital offering COVID-19 treatment in District 7 has installed a 32-tonne oxygen tank to provide healthcare for hundreds of patients, instead of having to change hundreds of bottles of oxygen every day.
The Vingroup Corporation (VIC), Vietnam’s largest private conglomerate, has set up a new firm – VinBigData Jsc – with a chartered capital of VND470.8 billion ($20.29 million). -
The group will hold a 99 percent stake in the new company. The formation of VinBigData is based on the separation of a part of science and technology functions (scientific and technological services) of the Big Data Research Institute – under the Vintech Technology Jsc.
Vingroup had established last month an artificial intelligence research and application company, VinAI.
Health authorities confirmed 10,583 new Covid-19 cases Wednesday, down 87 from Tuesday. -
Ho Chi Minh City led with 5,301 new cases, followed by Binh Duong (3,228) and Dong Nai (808).
Starting 12 p.m. Thursday, Hanoi will ease restrictions on some businesses and allow takeaway services from eateries and coffee shops in 22 districts.
Vietnam’s economy will recover on the back of solid growth achieved in the first half of 2021 after the lockdown is lifted, Dorsati Madani, Senior Economist at the World Bank (WB) Vietnam, has said.
The economy is likely to bounce back strongly from the end of the third quarter, similar to how it has recovered after the lockdown was eased in April last year.
The WB is waiting for figures to be released by the General Statistics Office (GSO) by the end of this month and the Vietnamese government's decision on reopening the economy to revise its GDP prediction./.
NDO/VNA – The ninth Vietnam - Japan Supporting Industries Exhibition (SIE) and the Vietnam Manufacturing Expo (VME) opened via videoconference on September 14.
The events are jointly held by the Reed Tradex Vietnam, the Vietnam Trade Promotion Agency (Vietrade) under the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MoIT) and the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO).
Exhibitors from more than 10 countries and territories have brought over 100 brands of famous technology and machinery to the SIE and VME, which will run online until September 17 via VME website (www.vme-expo.com).
Hanoi districts without new Covid-19 community transmission cases since September 6 will be allowed to reopen food and beverage establishments and other businesses from Thursday noon. -
According to a desision issued by municipal Chairman Chu Ngoc Anh Wednesday, districts that have not recorded any coronavirus community transmission since September 6 would be allowed to reopen food and beverage places.
The capital has recorded 3,856 local Covid-19 cases since the fourth wave hit Vietnam in late April.
Vietnam has targeted mastering a number of high technologies to form an ecosystem of enterprises producing high-tech products, and put them into production to increase the export value of high-tech products by 2030.
The decision aims to firm up the objectives and contents of the Prime Minister's decision on national hi-tech development programme by 2030.
To effectively implement these goals, the ministry would organise activities to support economic groups, corporations and enterprises in key economic sectors to research, develop and master core and key technologies of the fourth industrial revolution./.
Supporting industries, a sector prioritised for investment and development in Vietnam, is facing a host of shortcomings and new issues that require effective solutions.
In the recent time, the sector has seen its connectivity and supply chains strengthened, gradually forming its ecosystem and increasing the localisation rate.
The report noted that supporting industries play a decisive role in restructuring the economy, improving workplace productivity and skills, and promoting the competitiveness and quality of Vietnamese goods and the economy./.
The association will sustainably link young Vietnamese and those of Vietnamese origin in Europe, as well as carry out practical activities to support their fatherland.
The Vietnamese Students’ Association has been recently set up in Europe to gather Vietnamese youths and students from 11 nations including Belgium, France, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Poland, Hungary, Rumania, Spain, Italia and Finland.
Dieu Linh underlined the association’s care for the Vietnamese youth in Europe, adding that the association will connect and form a network to help young Vietnamese to integrate into European society and job seeking, contributing to nurturing Vietnamese intellectuals in Europe.
NDO - Hanoi is expected to fulfil its target of inoculating residents aged 18 and above against COVID-19 with at least one dose of vaccine on September 15, municipal Party Secretary Dinh Tien Dung has confirmed.
He told the media that as of 6:30pm on September 13, Hanoi had administered 4.3 million doses of the 5.3 million allocated to the capital city.
For its part, the health department was directed to get shots into arms as soon as the vaccines are available in order to fulfil the target as scheduled.
Vietnam attracted 14 billion USD in foreign direct investment (FDI) in the first eight months of this year, only 2 percent lower than the same period last year, showing foreign investors’ confidence in Vietnam’s economic scenario in mid-and long terms.
Of the investment capital, up to 11.7 percent has been disbursed, up 2 percent as compared with the corresponding time last year.
It suggested the government employ more measures to boost domestic demand and speed up public investment disbursement and the implementation of supportive packages for people, enterprises and household businesses./.
Vietnam recorded 10,585 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours to 5pm September 14, taking the total number of infections to 645,640, according to the Ministry of Health.
Though he still gets up at 5.am. Ha Manh has not had to grapple with meeting deadlines for the last four months. -
He says: "There's no more pressure. But if you're not strict with yourself, time off from work won't mean anything."
Huong says: "A year off gives us confidence and maturity. Now I can deal with anything that comes without fear."
India is considering resuming exports of vaccines soon, mainly to Africa, as it has partly immunised a majority of its adults and supplies have surged, a source said.
* British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will reshuffle his cabinet of senior ministers on Wednesday as he seeks to refocus the government on raising living standards after the COVID-19 pandemic, a source in his Downing Street office said.
* Passenger flights between Iran and Afghanistan resumed on Wednesday, Iran's state-run al-Alam TV channel reported.
National team defender Doan Van Hau has been ruled out of the remaining World Cup qualifiers through injury.
His club, Hanoi FC, said he has had a recurrence of a knee injury and requires surgery. He is expected to be unavailable for the next five months.
The two teams will meet in the UAE as China is not prioritised by the government in terms of isolation time, leading the match to be play at a neutral venue./.