Chinese President Xi Jinping, during a welcome ceremony at the presidential palace in Hanoi. Xi’s visit to Vietnam on Thursday comes as the two communist countries seek to mend ties strained over territorial disputes in the South China Sea
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A vendor carrying a large bunch of star-shaped lanterns meant for sale at the local traditional mid-autumn festival toy market, downtown Hanoi.
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Mechanics work at roadside shop specialized in repairing motorbike suspension systems in downtown Hanoi
Vietnamese female commissioned officers of the signal force march during a parade marking their 70th National Day at Ba Dinh square in Hanoi, Vietnam
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Vietnam’s Tran Tuan Quynh in action during the Malaysia v Vietnam Men’s Singles match in Singapore
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Soldiers dressed as Vietnam War era Vietcong soldiers march during a parade marking the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on Thursday
A snack and fruit vendor waits for customers near the advertisement board of a shopping mall and apartment building in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The country is set to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War on Thursday
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Students from a local college celebrate their graduation at the Temple of Literature in Hanoi. The temple is where Vietnam’s oldest university was founded in the 11th century under the Ly Dynasty
Women paint paper replicas of soldier’s hats for the Vu Lan Festival at Dong Ho village, outside Hanoi. Vietnam is celebrating the month-long festival of the hungry ghosts, also known as Vu Lan festival, where many Taoists and Buddhists believe that the living are supposed to please the ghosts by offering them food and burning paper effigies of homes, maids, and other daily items for spirits to use in the afterlife.
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A street vendor walks with her goods in a street in Hanoi, Vietnam. According to a report released by the World Bank recently, Vietnam’s economic growth is predicted to rise of 5.5 percent in 2014.
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Dozens of Filipino and Vietnamese nationals rally outside the Chinese embassy in Makati’s financial district, south of Manila, the Philippines, to protest against China’s behaviour in a territorial dispute in the South China Sea. Janicee Buco, wearing red shoes, addresses the crowd as they commemorate the 1979 Vietnam-China border war.
Vietnamese children cover their faces with Vietnamese and Russian flags while waiting for the arrival of Russian President Vladimir Putin for a welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi.
Students shield themselves from the rain on the first day of the new school year at Nam Thanh Cong school, in Hanoi. Schools in Vietnam reopened on Thursday, with about 22m children heading back to classrooms after a three-month summer break
Families wait for released prisoners outside the Hoang Tien prison in Chi Linh district in northern province of Hai Duong. Vietnam will free more than 15,000 convicts to mark its independence day celebrations. It is a major amnesty that excludes prominent political prisoners
An officer uses a string to ensure that members of the honour guard are standing in a straight line, ahead of a welcoming ceremony for visiting Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China.