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In Hanoi, Vietnam Friday, cars stopped and tourists took a second look at what appeared to be North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and American President Donald Trump.

In front of the historic Metropole Hotel, “Kim” hugged "Trump”, and said, “Last time we did it in Singapore, which is kind of his territory. Now we are in my territory with my comrades.”

Vietnam is to welcome the real Trump and the real Kim next week. The flags of Vietnam, the United States and North Korea line the streets in preparation for the meeting.

At a hair cutting shop on De La Thanh* Street in Hanoi, people wanted to get styles similar to that of Kim or Trump. (*Đê La Thành, Quận Đống Đa, Hà Nội)

Le Tuan Duong, its owner, said he had 200 customers in just two days. Duong said, “Kim’s style is a lot more popular among [his] customers.” He added Kim’s hair shows youth, while Trump’s suggests power.

The free haircut is available until February 28, when the summit ends.

In a coffee shop in the old city, Tran Lam Binh was painting colorful images of the two leaders. Binh said he started almost two weeks ago and hoped to finish 60 paintings in time for next week’s meeting.

Binh told the Vietnamese website VN Express, "I hope to invite the two leaders here and gift them my paintings.”

In a small shop nearby, Truong Thanh Duc was busy printing images of Kim and Trump on T-shirts. Duc planned to make about 500 shirts a day to sell for $5 each.

For those who do not want haircuts or images of the leaders on clothing, there are special drinks to mark the event.

The nearby Unicorn (Kỳ Lân) Pub is serving a popular Korean drink of soju called “Rock It, Man.” The drink is mixed with pineapple and vanilla (va-ni) and named after the term Trump once used to call the North Korean leader, "Little Rocket Man."

The Tannin Wine (Rượu Vang Sồi) Bar has “Peace Negroniations.” The mixed drink is made with soju, pink-grapefruit, vermouth (rượu vang trắng) and a drop of bitters (rượu / bia đắng). The bar’s operator told Reuters the bitters reminded him of Trump.

I’m Caty Weaver.



Over the past 20 years, online piracy (sao chép) and copyright violations have been keeping pace with the development of the internet here in China.

Regulators have been working to try to stem the tide of IPR theft via the internet.

This has made life a lot less convenient for some.

"I like watching Korean TV dramas. There are many options to choose from, like Kuaibo. I can watch it online or download it. But now, since they don't provide the resources for free any more, I find it a bit inconvenient."

Vice director of the National Copyright Administration, Yan Xiaohong, says the protection of Intellectual Property Rights is good for the long-term development of the internet in China.

"It's been 20 years since the internet came to China. We've been trying to stamp out online piracy and products which violate copyrights for the past 12 years. It's widely known that special actions are taken every year targeting online privacy. We collect evidence and report big cases to the public security departments. Copyright protection is becoming more effective in recent years."

Wang Hao is the sales director of an online video website.

He says the crack down on online piracy in recent years has brought positive impacts to the online video market.

"Copyright protection in the new media area has been growing noticeably. In the beginning, there was no copyright protection, and piracy was everywhere on the internet. But companies eventually realized that if you have a certain amount of customers and you are considering being listed, you need to use legal resources. The protection of copyright will bring positive developments for the internet industry. Part of the crackdown has seen only the big online video sites survive, such as Youku, Tudou, iQiyi, Tencent, Sohu and leTV. They are the ones who benefit and care about copyright protection."

IPR protection here in China not only covers video products, but also music and written works.

Yan Xiaohong says part of their current focus is working on strengthening the protection coverage for music and print.

"Music and written copyright holders are often not well protected and compensated. Much of their material that makes it onto the internet is downloaded for free. Solving the problem requires the authors to be united to a certain extent. Union provide end users with various options to protect their work. They'll like it."

A new circular issued by the State Council is calling for a new round of crackdowns on intellectual property infringement and counterfeit goods.

The nationwide campaign has a focus on false or deceptive advertising online.

Websites found containing illegal video or audio materials will be shut down.

Composed & Edited by Lê Quốc An
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