Great beginnings: Off to a good start with Vietnamese mini pancakes, bánh khọt. VNS Photo The Nomad Quynh Viet Nam NewsSecret House joins its sister restaurant Secret Garden to offer home-style Vietnamese meals in a tranquil and rustic setting at the centre of HCM City. The Nomad Quynh reports. Gone are the days where it was hard to find a classy, modern yet casual Vietnamese bistro in HCMCity with an interesting menu, good food, good service and reasonable pricing. Nowadays customers are spoilt with choices. Among them all, however, Secret House stands out and is now perhaps one of the most popular new destinations for food lovers. When the restaurant first opened, I was eager to try it as I had always been a fan of their older sibling SecretGarden – one of HCMCity’s staples for home-cooked Vietnamese food. SecretGarden has a very unique location on the rooftop of an old seven-floor apartment building, which is one of its charms but can also be a … [Read more...] about Secret House hides away in heart of HCMC
Trump sticks with hard line on trade as showdown looms at G7 U.S. President Donald Trump talks to the media at the White House in Washington, U.S., June 1, 2018 – PHOTO: REUTERS WASHINGTON/OTTAWA (REUTERS) - U.S. President Donald Trump is not backing down from the tough line he has taken on trade, the White House's top economic adviser said on Wednesday, setting the stage for a showdown with top allies at this week's G7 summit in Canada. The meeting on Friday and Saturday in Charlevoix, Quebec, will be the first chance G7 leaders have had to confront Trump in person since U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union were imposed last week. That move unleashed fury in the Group of Seven industrialized nations and prompted quick retaliation from Canada and Mexico and a promise from the EU to do so as well, unnerving investors who fear a trade war that could derail the global economy. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the … [Read more...] about Trump sticks with hard line on trade as showdown looms at G7
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un and US President Donald Trump. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images) At a White House news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Trump also repeated what he said last week that it was possible he and Kim could sign an agreement to end the 1950-53 Korean War, which was concluded only with a truce, not a peace treaty. "We could sign an agreement, as you know that would be a first step ... We're looking at it, we're talking about it with a lot of other people," Trump told reporters. "That's probably the easy part. The hard part remains after that." Trump added that he hoped someday U.S. relations with Kim's secretive Pyongyang government could be normalized. The main issue for the June 12 summit in Singapore is the U.S. demand for North Korea to abandon a nuclear weapons programme that now threatens the United States. North Korea has rejected giving up its arsenal unilaterally and defends its nuclear and missile programs as a deterrent against what … [Read more...] about Trump dangles White House invite for Kim – if Singapore summit goes well
White House says 'powerful' sanctions to remain on North Korea A combination photo shows U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (R) in Washignton, DC, U.S. May 17, 2018 and in Panmunjom, South Korea, April 27, 2018 respectively – PHOTO: REUTERS WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The White House said on Monday its policy of tough sanctions on North Korea has not changed, days after U.S. President Donald Trump said he no longer wanted to use the phrase “maximum pressure” to describe the campaign to press North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons. After meeting a senior official from Pyongyang at the White House on Friday, Trump said North Korea was being more cooperative and that although sanctions would remain in place, he would hold off on imposing new ones. Trump said he didn’t want to use the term “maximum pressure” any more, because the two sides were “getting along.” Asked at a news briefing on Monday whether … [Read more...] about White House says ‘powerful’ sanctions to remain on North Korea
U.S. President Donald Trump said last week he would reconsider joining the landmark Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, if it were a “substantially better” deal than the one offered to President Barack Obama. Here is a look at the state of play in the negotiations and the conditions needed to be in place for the United States to join an agreement Trump scrapped as soon as he took office. What are the TPP and CPTPP? The original 12-member agreement was known as the TPP. It was a signature trade policy of Obama, but he was unable to secure Congressional support for the deal. It was thrown into limbo when Trump withdrew from the deal three days after his inauguration in January 2017, a move he said was aimed at protecting U.S. jobs. Following the U.S. withdrawal, the remaining 11 countries renegotiated parts of the TPP, removing some of Washington’s demands. In March, they signed the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership … [Read more...] about Trump says US could rejoin TPP if deal improved. How hard would it be?