The Vietnam-Korea Times - the first Korean language newspaper in Vietnam - made its debut in Hanoi on June 18.

It is the collaboration of Vietnam Pictorial, a Vietnam News Agency (VNA) publication, and a newspaper for overseas citizens of the Republic of Korea (RoK).

The paper aims to strengthen the strategic partnership between the two countries by serving as a bridge for mutual understanding and trust between the two nations and peoples.

It will provide information on Vietnam’s investment environment and cooperation opportunities, while serving as a reliable source of news for RoK policymakers, scholars, businesses and the Korean community living in Vietnam.

The 24-page colour-printed Vietnam-Korea Times will be published every Tuesday, covering a wide range of topics from politics and economy to culture, education, art, history, the Vietnamese nation and its people, business activities and community information.

During the publication’s launch ceremony, both VNA General Director Nguyen Duc Loi and Chargé d'affaires at the RoK Embassy in Hanoi Oh Nak Young expressed their delight at the growing friendship and all-around cooperation between the two countries, which has developed into a strategic partnership.

They agreed that both sides are laying the foundations for further and more effective bilateral ties.

General Director Loi noted that the RoK is now the second largest direct investor in Vietnam, with registered capital totalling over 24 billion USD.

He said the country is Vietnam’s second biggest ODA provider, and ranks fourth in trade and third in labour cooperation with Vietnam, adding that over 120,000 people from the RoK live in Vietnam, and a similar number of Vietnamese live in the RoK.

The newspaper, published for the first time on February 25, reflects the Vietnamese Government’s interest in the RoK community in Vietnam.-VNA