(VNS) With an extensive coastline that stretches for more than 3,200km, Viet Nam is a country whose long history has been closely attached with the sea.
This month's issue of our news magazine takes a wide-ranging look at the country's marine resources, from its far flung islands to the beautiful beaches that drive growth in the tourism sector.
Outlook, which goes on sale in Ha Noi, HCM City and other major centres this morning, takes readers to a fishing village where locals still worship the God of the Sea, as well as travelling to the central coast to check out the area's great potential for tourism development.
We also report on efforts to boost the country's maritime rescue forces and talk to Nguyen Duy Chien, Deputy Chairman of the National Border Committee, about the new Law of the Sea and his concerns about tensions in the region.
We take a special look at these two archipelagos in the East Sea in a report about an old map published during China's Qing Dynasty that backs up Viet Nam's claim to ownership of the Truong Sa and Hoang Sa islands.
Elsewhere in this issue, we visit one of the country's most eerie caves, sample a traditional local soup that will put an extra spring in your step, and meet a French-born composer who is taking Vietnamese music to new audiences.
Readers can also catch up on what's hot in the country's culinary, sports and arts scenes - and check out listings for everything from bars to embassies. Outlook retails for VND15,000 at news-stands, major hotels and restaurants and can be purchased at the head office of the Viet Nam News at 11 Tran Hung Dao, Ha Noi, or at our HCM City office at 120 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street. — VNS