Michael D Higgins speaks at the Vietnam National University in Hanoi at the start of his State visit to Vietnam. Photograph: Maxwell’s

President Michael D Higgins has hailed the common experience of Ireland and Vietnam as small countries fighting the imperialist threat of large nation(...)

President Michael D. Higgins in the Presidential Palace with president of Vietnam Tran Dai Quang as they give press statements watched over by the bust of Ho Chi Minh in the city of Hanoi. Photograph: Maxwell’s

President Michael D Higgins has expressed strong support for a peaceful solution using international law to growing tensions in the South China Sea. (...)

President Michael D Higgins: “I think one of the great challenges facing both countries, here in Ireland and in Vietnam, is to get an economic model that will benefit all the people.” Photograph: Paul Sharp

President Michael D Higgins has begun an eight-day visit to Vietnam and Laos that will focus on boosting bilateral ties, especially in trade, investme(...)

Vietnamese female soldiers of Liberation Force march during a military parade as part of the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City. Photograph: Kham/Reuters

Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, was decked out in hammer-and-sickle banners as soldiers marched through the nation’s financial center, 40 (...)