65th birthday of Thai King celebrated in Ho Chi Minh City

The number of international visitors to Viet Nam in the first seven months of 2017 was estimated at around 7.24 million, a year-on-year surge of 28.8 per cent. In July, 1.04 million foreigners visited Viet Nam, a year-on-year increase of 21.1 per cent.  While arrivals by air touched 6.12 million passengers, an increase of 31.3 per cent against the same period last year; 945,886 visitors came by road (up 17.3 per cent); and the remaining 178,101 people arrived by sea (up 13.3 per cent), the General Statistics Office (GSO) of Việt Nam said. Of these, around 5.36 million visitors were from Asia, 1.1 million people from Europe and 505,014 people from America, accounting for 73.9 per cent, 15.3 per cent and 6.97 per cent of the total foreign passengers. China continues to rank first in the number of visitors to Việt Nam, with around 2.2 million arrivals, an increase of 51 per cent over the same period in 2016. The GSO also reported a rise in tourist inflow from other key markets, with an increase of 49.3 per cent from Russia, 46.8 per cent from South Korea, 30.1 per cent from Hong Kong, 27.8 per cent from Spain, 23.6 per cent from Cambodia, 23.4 per cent from the Philippines and 20.8 per cent from Taiwan. The number of visitors from Africa also went up slightly, with 19,973 people visiting, which is a significant 28.1 per cent rise compared to the same period last year. In July, 1.04 million foreigners visited…... [read more]

In July, 1.04 million foreigners visit Viet Nam, a year-on-year increase of 21.1 per cent. — Photo baomoi.com The number of international visitors to Viet Nam in the first seven months of 2017 was estimated at around 7.24 million, a year-on-year surge of 28.8 per cent. While arrivals by air touched 6.12 million passengers, an increase of 31.3 per cent against the same period last year; 945,886 visitors came by road (up 17.3 per cent); and the remaining 178,101 people arrived by sea (up 13.3 per cent), the General Statistics Office (GSO) of Viet Nam said. Of these, around 5.36 million visitors were from Asia, 1.1 million people from Europe and 505,014 people from America, accounting for 73.9 per cent, 15.3 per cent and 6.97 per cent of the total foreign passengers. China continues to rank first in the number of visitors to Viet Nam, with around 2.2 million arrivals, an increase of 51 per cent over the same period in 2016. The GSO also reported a rise in tourist inflow from other key markets, with an increase of 49.3 per cent from Russia, 46.8 per cent from South Korea, 30.1 per cent from Hong Kong, 27.8 per cent from Spain, 23.6 per cent from Cambodia, 23.4 per cent from the Philippines and 20.8 per cent from Taiwan. The number of visitors from Africa also went up slightly, with 19,973 people visiting, which is a significant 28.1 per cent rise compared…... [read more]

Gen. Vinh, who is a member of the Party Central Committee, permanent member of the Central Military Commission and Deputy Minister of National Defense, made that commend while chairing a conference to review the service implementation in the first six months of this year, held on July 27 at the headquarters of the Ministry of National Defense (MND). The conference assessed that despites complicated developments and increasing unstable situations, tense disputes and conflicts in the region and the world, terrorism- a threat to the world’s security, and globally non-traditional security challenges, the service has been carried out actively, proactively with practical outcomes.  During the conference  Among achievements, bilateral defense ties between Vietnam and other countries have been developing intensively, actively contributing to enhancing trust and maintaining friendship with Vietnam’s partners and to firmly defending national security and territorial integrity. Besides, bilateral defense cooperation have concentrated on training and improving professionalism of personnel engaged in United National peacekeeping operations, overcoming war consequences, humanitarian aid and disaster relief, military technical cooperation, maritime security and defense ties and more. Attentively, due attention has been paid to the defense ties with countries with shared borders and border external affairs are defined as part of the missions of safeguarding the borderline, territorial sovereignty and of strengthening friendship with neighboring countries. Defense external service has well handled the relationship with powerful countries on the basis of mutual benefits, creating strategic balance status and contributing to strengthening the…... [read more]

The request was made by Senior Lieutenant General Be Xuan Truong, member of the Party Central Committee and Deputy Minister of National Defense, during the meeting with Song Thu Corporation under the General Department of Defense Industry, on July 27.   Senior Lieutenant General Be Xuan Truong chairing the event He also asked the military business to comprehend instructions and resolutions on military and defense missions of the Party, Central Military Commission, Ministry of National Defense, and the General Department of Defense Industry and prepare plans for the equitization.  Over the past time, promoting the corporation’s fine tradition, its staff and workers recorded remarkable achievements. In 2016, the corporation built and exported 50 ships to Europe, South America, and Russia and repaired many others. Its last year’s turnover reached VND 2,136 billion and the business has created stable job for more than 1,560 cadres, staff and workers.  The same day, General Truong inspected Factory A32 of Department of Techniques of the Air Defense-Air Force Service. According to its reports, in the first six months of this year, Factory A32 effectively fulfilled all assigned missions. The unit well repaired aircrafts, vehicles and equipment to serve combat readiness and training missions of the Air Defense-Air Force Service. In addition, Party, political, staff and logistics work have been also implemented with remarkable results. Concluding the inspection, General Truong acknowledged the unit’s achievements over the past time and asked its leadership to continue grasping instructions…... [read more]

TOKYO, July 28 -- Embattled Japanese Defence Minister Tomomi Inada on Friday said she was resigning, after a series of gaffes, missteps and a cover-up at her ministry that have contributed to a sharp plunge in public support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Inada, 58, an Abe protege who shares his conservative views and had been suggested as a possible future premier, had already expected to be replaced in a likely cabinet reshuffle next week that Abe hopes will help rebuild his ratings. Support for the prime minister has sunk below 30 percent in some polls, due to scandals over suspected cronyism and a view among many voters that he and his aides took them for granted. Abe apologised "to the people from my heart", in comments to reporters carried live on national television after Inada announced her resignation. He said Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida would add the defence portfolio to his duties, to eliminate any gap at a time when Japan faces tough security challenges, such as from a volatile North Korea. "I want to make every effort to maintain a high degree of vigilance and protect the security of the people," Abe said. Abe had drawn fire from both ruling and opposition party lawmakers for retaining Inada despite her perceived incompetence. "He should have thrown Inada under the bus long ago … doing so on the eve of a cabinet reshuffle only looks like desperation," said Jeffrey Kingston, director of…... [read more]

Phu Quoc prison in Cay Dua village, Kien Giang province, was built by French colonialists to imprison Vietnamese patriots. In 1967, the Saigon regime rebuilt the prison, which went under several names Cay Dua (Coconut Tree) prison, Phu Quoc Jail of Prisoners of War, and Phu Quoc Communist POWs’ Jail.  Covering 400 ha, it was the biggest prison in the south and at one point detained up to 40,000 prisoners, including many political prisoners. Phu Quoc prison comprises 12 main sections numbering from 1 to 12. Area numbers 13 and 14 were added in 1972. Each section could accommodate 3,000 prisoners and was surrounded by 10 to 15 layers of barbed wire. In addition to fulltime prison guards, often there were 4 fully equipped battalions guarding the prison. Vo Thi Thu Ha of Phu Quoc prison says that from 1967 to 1973, 4,000 prisoners died and thousands became disabled.  “Foreign visitors to Phu Quoc prison felt indignant with the prison torture. They cried often and said they could never imagine of such brutal torture by their countrymen,” said Ms Thu Ha.  Prisoners of war were severely and brutally tortured. They suffered from pre-emptive attacks in an attempt to force confession. In the following days, they were severely beaten. They were hung on hot steel scaffoldings and burned, beaten or shot. They also had to climb up and down thorny trees. Prison guard smashed finger and toe nails of prisoners and broke…... [read more]

Vietnam and New Zealand on July 27 affirmed their determination to raise two-way trade to 1.7 billion USD by 2020 during Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue’s working visit to New Zealand. Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue (R) and New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett While in Wellington, Hue paid a courtesy visit to Speaker of the House of Representatives David Carter, held talks with Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett, and worked with Minister of Foreign Affairs Gerry Brownlee and Minister Trade Todd McClay. The officials agreed to intensify investment in the fields Vietnam has demand and New Zealand has strength such as agriculture, renewable energy and infrastructure. Paula Bennett and Todd McClay confirmed to create favourable conditions for Vietnamese agricultural products to enter New Zealand, and continue supporting the country in improving production, processing and preservation of farm produce to meet foreign markets’ high standards. The two sides reached a consensus on the early signing of the 2017-2020 Vietnam-New Zealand Action Programme in 2017 in order to boost cooperation in the priority fields of politics, economy-trade, agriculture, education-training, science, and tourism. They also pledged to soon organise the sixth meeting of the two countries’ Joint Committee on Economic and Trade Cooperation. The New Zealand leaders asserted to maintain the provision of official development assistance (ODA) for Vietnam with the focus on social welfare, agriculture and rural development, human resources improvement, and climate change adaptation. Deputy PM Hue thanked New Zealand for supporting Vietnam in projects related to…... [read more]

While in Wellington, Hue paid a courtesy visit to Speaker of the House of Representatives David Carter, held talks with Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett, and worked with Minister of Foreign Affairs Gerry Brownlee and Minister Trade Todd McClay. The officials agreed to intensify investment in the fields Vietnam has demand and New Zealand has strength such as agriculture, renewable energy and infrastructure. Paula Bennett and Todd McClay confirmed to create favourable conditions for Vietnamese agricultural products to enter New Zealand, and continue supporting the country in improving production, processing and preservation of farm produce to meet foreign markets’ high standards. The two sides reached a consensus on the early signing of the 2017-2020 Vietnam-New Zealand Action Programme in 2017 in order to boost cooperation in the priority fields of politics, economy-trade, agriculture, education-training, science, and tourism. They also pledged to soon organise the sixth meeting of the two countries’ Joint Committee on Economic and Trade Cooperation. The New Zealand leaders asserted to maintain the provision of official development assistance (ODA) for Vietnam with the focus on social welfare, agriculture and rural development, human resources improvement, and climate change adaptation. Deputy PM Hue thanked New Zealand for supporting Vietnam in projects related to dyke safety, clean vegetables, and hi-tech agriculture, while suggesting the two sides build a regular bilateral dialogue mechanism on development cooperation in order to carry out measures to use New Zealand’s ODA effectively. Both sides discussed…... [read more]

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc said the Vietnamese Government will create favorable conditions for Malaysian investors to do business in Viet Nam, including solar power development. PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) welcomes Malaysian FM Anifah Aman at the Government Office in Ha Noi on July 27, 2017. Photo: VGP The Government chief made the statement at his meeting with Malaysian FM Anifah Aman who is on two-day visit to Viet Nam to co-chair the 5th Viet Nam-Malaysia Joint Commission Meeting on Economic, Scientific and Technological Cooperation. PM Phuc stressed that the two countries have maintained good political trust, hoping that both sides will coordinate in organizing various activities to mark the 45th founding anniversary of diplomatic ties in 2018. He also asked the two sides to soon begin talks on and sign agreements on anti-human trafficking, extradition, and handing over persons sentenced to imprisonment while accelerating labor, tourism cooperation as well as people-to-people exchanges. Welcoming Malaysia’s position on the East Sea issue, PM Phuc underlined the spirit of building the East Sea into a region of peace, friendship, freedom of navigation and aviation, of settling disputes through peaceful measures on the basis of international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. For his part, FM Anifah Aman affirmed Malaysian will work closely with Viet Nam on the East Sea issue. He also confirmed Malaysia PM Najib Razak’s attendance…... [read more]

The activities have educated the younger generation about Vietnam’s triumphant history and encouraged them to work harder for national construction.  The Vietnam War Veterans’ Association and the Vietnam Young Volunteers’ Association have co-organized activities to honor war veterans in the Central Highlands and help them locate former comrades.  The events have helped young people learn more about history and the national resistance wars, and rallied them to activities to pay gratitude to social beneficiaries. Lieutenant-general and Vice President of the Vietnam War Veterans’ Association Nguyen Song Phi said, "The soldiers, after returning from military service, worked in many different fields. Many of them have engaged in activities to help young people build their own careers. Many war veterans’ children are now successful businesspeople. Their families have been role models for fellow villagers.” The Youth Union of Quang Tri province, the Youth Military Committee, the Political Department of Military Zone 4, and local agencies and organizations burnt incense to pay tribute to war martyrs at Truong Son cemetery. 1,500 Youth Union members and students attended the ceremony. Senior lieutenant-colonel Dinh Quoc Hung, Head of the Youth Military Committee and chief organizer said, “We want to remind young people of our traditions and of our ancestors’ merits. They should fully understand their responsibility in national construction and defense.  Young people have participated in programs to pay gratitude to martyrs, invalids, and their families.” Young people in Can Tho city have regularly engaged themselves in the movement called “Remembering the source of…... [read more]




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