Embassy in Malaysia works to protect Doan Thi Huong’s rights

North Korea fired a missile on Friday that experts said was capable of hitting Los Angeles and other U.S. cities and the United States and South Korea responded by staging a joint missile exercise. North Korea confirmed the launch on Saturday, with its official news agency saying it was a "stern warning" for the United States. President Kim Jong Un said the missile showed that all of the United States was within striking distance but U.S. authorities characterized that as an exaggeration. The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump, which has branded North Korea the "most urgent and dangerous threat to peace," condemned the launch as reckless. "By threatening the world, these weapons and tests further isolate North Korea, weaken its economy, and deprive its people," President Donald Trump said in a statement. "The United States will take all necessary steps to ensure the security of the American homeland and protect our allies in the region." South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo said at a news conference on Saturday Seoul would prepare independent measures to curb the nuclear threat from the North. "This ballistic missile launch by North Korea is a serious provocation that not only clearly violates the U.N. Security Council’s numerous resolutions but also threatens the safety of the Korean peninsula and world peace," Song said. "The joint governments of South Korea and the United States will firmly punish North Korea for its missile provocation." He said steps would be taken to hasten the temporary deployment of…... [read more]

 Delegates in a joint photo Present at the party were Hong Xiaoyong, Chinese Ambassador to Vietnam; Senior Lieutenant General Luong Cuong,  member of the Secretariat of the Party Central Committee, permanent member of the Central Military Commission and Director of the General Department of Politics of the Vietnam People’s Army; other representatives from Vietnamese ministries, departments; and representatives from friendship organizations. Addressing the event, Senior Colonel Luobin, Defense, Military, Naval, Air Attaché of the Chinese Embassy in Vietnam reviewed the Chinese PLA’s building and development and the relationship between Vietnam and China, two neighboring countries. The Chinese attaché emphasized the ties between the two militaries as an important pillar of the two countries’ relationship. He stressed that the visits of senior leaders of Vietnam and China to each country over the past time have strengthened the two countries’ comprehensive strategic partnership. He also noted enhanced exchanges of high-ranking military delegations, defense strategic dialogues, effective cooperation in cadre-training and United Nations peacekeeping operations. He hoped that in the coming time, the bilateral defense cooperation would further develop. On behalf of the Vietnamese Ministry of National Defense’s leadership, Sr. Lt. Gen. Luong Cuong congratulated the Chinese PLA’s personnel on the important day. The Vietnamese officer underscored the long-lasting relationship between the two countries, stressing that it is a valuable treasure that the two Parties, States and peoples should inherit, preserve and develop. Gen. Cuong also laid stress on the comprehensive…... [read more]

Over the past 22 years, Vietnam has consistently considered ASEAN a foundation and one of top priorities of its foreign policy. Vietnam has worked closely with other ASEAN members to boost integration and internal solidarity.  50 years after its establishment, ASEAN has become a strong community with a growing role and stature globally. Since joining ASEAN in 1995, Vietnam has contributed to ASEAN’s successes, including the adoption of the 2007 ASEAN Charter, the Hanoi Declaration on ASEAN Vision 2020, the ASEAN Community Vision 2025, and Master Plans implementing the 3 pillars of politics-security, economics, and culture-society.  ASEAN membership, a historic decision  Vietnam’s ASEAN membership opened a new period of integration in the region. Deputy Foreign Minister Le Hoai Trung said: “It was the right decision to join ASEAN in 1995, when we were in dire need of socio-economic development and expansion of relations with other countries. ASEAN membership enabled Vietnam to expand ties with the EU and normalize relations with the US and China. As an ASEAN member, Vietnam has engaged deeply in ASEAN activities in line with its integration policy.” In ASEAN Vietnam has enjoyed a favorable environment for forging closer ties with its neighbors and resolving long-standing issues, and has contributed to regional cooperative mechanisms that further its national interests. ASEAN helps amplify Vietnam’s voice worldwide and create cooperative opportunities.  ASEAN’s Secretary General Le Luong Minh: “Vietnam’s economic development has benefited from ASEAN membership. During the course of…... [read more]

Phu Quoc prison, a special national relic, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Kien Giang province. The prison is evidence of colonialism, imperialism, and also of the staunch spirit of Vietnamese revolutionary soldiers. 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…... [read more]

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]




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