ASEAN needs Code of Conduct in East Sea soon: Spokeswoman

Foreign Ministry’s Spokesman Le Hai Binh responded to reporters’ queries relating to Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s recently concluded official visit to Vietnam and the FTA, which was discussed at length during the visit, at the ministry’s regular press conference on April 9. Binh told the media that Vietnam and the EEU issued a joint statement on the conclusion of negotiations on the agreement in December last year and are looking to sign the document within the first half of this year. The parties agreed on the basic contents of the agreement with a comprehensive scale, high commitment, equal benefits and specific conditions of each party included, he said. The agreement will create a new market for Vietnamese products as well as open up opportunities to expand trade and investment between Vietnam and the union’s State members of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, he added.... [read more]

Nga made the statement while answering reporters’ question on the US naval ships’ upcoming visit at a regular press conference in Hanoi on July 7. She said that three US naval ships, namely USS Preble, USS Chung Hoon and USNS Safeguard, will visit the Tien Sa port in Da Nang city from July 15-21. “This is an annual periodical exchange that was previously agreed by the two sides to strengthen the relations between the two countries’ naval forces, implement humanitarian activities as well as exchange experience in naval operations and in search and rescue work,” she affirmed. The spokeswoman also stressed that this is not a naval manoeuvers as reported by some newspapers recently. During their stay in Da Nang, the US guests will pay courtesy visits to the leaders of the local authorities and the Zone 3 Naval High Command as well as join humanitarian medical check-up and treatment activities.... [read more]

Speaking at a regular press conference in Hanoi on January 11, spokesperson of the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Le Dung said a ceremony was held at WTO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland in the afternoon to hand over the WTO membership card to Vietnam. The ceremony means official recognition of Vietnam as a member of the world’s largest trade body. FM spokesperson Le Dung stressed that as a WTO member, Vietnam will effectively contribute to developing a multi-lateral trade system for justice, equality and mutual benefit. Mr Dung noted that as of January 11, Vietnam will implement all its admission commitments, as well as the regulations and common commitments of the WTO, and enjoy equal rights and interests in its relations with other WTO members. Joining the WTO also opens up both opportunities and challenges for Vietnam. The country will have more opportunities to expand export markets, boost service exports, find more partners, lure more foreign investors, and have chances to settle disputes in line with WTO regulations. To overcoming challenges in the post-WTO period Vietnamese enterprises need to seize the earliest opportunities to develop.... [read more]

This was announced by the Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Dung at a regular press conference in Hanoi on July 26. The visits will be made at the invitations of the Presidents of Indonesia and the Philippines, the Prime Ministers of Singapore and Myanmar and the King of Brunei. Mr Dung added that as a normal practice, the Vietnamese Prime Minister will also pay courtesy visits to ASEAN countries. FM spokesperson Le Dung said the aim is to strengthen friendship and cooperation with neighbouring and regional countries and discuss ways to promote cooperation between Vietnam and the other nations in terms of economics, trade and investment.... [read more]

The announcement was made by the Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson Le Dung at a regular press conference in Hanoi on July 24. The visit aims to strengthen cooperative relations between the two countries, especially in the field of education and training, science and technology, investment and trade. DPRK foreign minister makes first visit to Hanoi Mr Dung also announced that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)’s Foreign Minister Pak Ui Chun will pay official visit to Vietnam from July 25-27 at the invitation of his Vietnamese counterpart Pham Gia Khiem. This is the first Vietnam visit by FM Pak Ui Chun after he took office in May 2007. During the visit, both sides will discuss measures to implement the signed agreements in order to strengthen and promote the traditional friendship and cooperation between the two countries. They will also discuss international and regional issues of common concern. Japanese FM arrives for bilateral meeting Japanese foreign minister Komura Masahiko will arrive in Hanoi on July 25, beginning his official visit to Vietnam. He will co-chair the second session of the Vietnam-Japan Cooperation Committee. This is the first Vietnam visit by foreign minister Komura Masahiko after he took office. Spokesperson Dung said that at the coming session, Vietnam and Japan will consider cooperative areas, review the implementation of agreements signed at the first meeting, discuss measures to promote the implementation of high-level agreements between the two countries, and strengthen cooperation between the two ministries.... [read more]

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Nguyen Phuong Nga made the protest at a regular press conference in Hanoi on June 9. She recalled that at 6 am on June 9, a Chinese fishing boat code-named 62226, supported by two Chinese fishery administration vessels code-named 311 and 303, deliberately hit the survey cables of Viking II, a ship hired by the Vietnam National Oil and Gas Group, when it was conducting seismic surveys at Lot 136/03, 60 degrees 47’5” north latitude and 1090 degrees 17’5” east longitude on Vietnam’s continental shelf. The Chinese fishing boat 62226 trailed a cable-cutting device into the vicinity of ship Viking II and became trapped in the network of underwater cables in use by the Vietnamese vessel, despite the Vietnamese side’s warning flare. As a result, the ship Viking II could not operate normally. Then, the two Chinese fishery administration vessels joined with other Chinese fishing boats to rescue fishing boat 62226. The seismic survey area being studied by ship Viking II is well within Vietnam’s 200 nautical mile continental shelf, and completely belongs to Vietnam’s area of sovereignty, in line with the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, the spokesperson affirmed. "The act by those fishing boats and fishery administration vessels of China was absolutely intentional, well designed and well prepared,” Nga emphasised. She added, “It seriously violates Vietnam’s sovereignty and jurisdictional rights, runs counter to the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties…... [read more]

“This is an important political event for Thai people”, Nguyen Phuong Nga said at a regular press conference of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on July 7. As a neighbouring country with friendly ties with Thailand, Vietnam always hopes for stability and development in Thailand in the interest of Thai people as well as for peace, stability and cooperation in the region and the world, Nga said. At a press conference, reporters raised a question about “The Age” of Australia’s recent reporting of the case of Securency and Note Printing Australia, mentioning the involvement of a number of Vietnamese officials. Ms Nga said Vietnam was informed about the Australian side’s arrest of six Australian citizens for allegedly giving bribery to win banknote supply contracts in some countries. She affirmed that Vietnam is willing to work with Australia in investigating the case to make it clear and handle it within the law.... [read more]

At the Foreign Ministry’s regular press conference on July 7, reporters raised a question about “The Age” of Australia’s recent reporting of the case of Securency and Note Printing Australia, mentioning the involvement of a number of Vietnamese officials. Nga said Vietnam was informed about the Australian side’s arrest of six Australian citizens for allegedly giving bribery to win banknote supply contracts in some countries. She affirmed that Vietnam is willing to work with Australia in investigating the case to make it clear and handle it in line with Vietnam’s law.... [read more]

During a regular press conference held on May 28, Binh stressed that Vietnam has sufficient legal and historical evidence to prove its sovereignty over the two archipelagos. The lighthouse building effort undertaken by China violates Vietnam’s sovereignty as well as the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), which the ASEAN member states and China signed in 2002. Vietnam requested China to adhere to internationally recognised principles, especially the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (1982 UNCLOS) and the DOC, and restrain from actions that complicate the East Sea situation, he said. On May 26, China unveiled its first white military strategy paper that includes a provision to protect its buildings construction on the artificial islands in Truong Sa archipelago. Binh emphasised that as a permanent member of the UN Security Council and a key regional stakeholder, China needs to respect the sovereignty, sovereign rights and jurisdiction of the involved countries, comply with international law, and contribute responsibly and constructively to maintaining regional and global peace, stability, and security. Recently, Australian media outlets reported that Government officials were concerned over China moving weaponry onto the artificial islands built illegaly in the East Sea. The spokesman said Vietnamese authorised agencies are closely following the events in these waters. The East Sea is a shipping route and an international flight corridor of critical importance, he noted, adding that Vietnam hopes the involved parties will sustain peace, stability, and maritime security and safety in the…... [read more]

The Hanoitimes - The Foreign Ministry’s Spokesperson Le Hai Binh stated that Vietnam had a successful year in 2016`s diplomacy, with its political stability and development potential continually spotlighted and its relations and diverse cooperation with other countries and partners deepened. President Tran Dai Quang welcomed US President Obama in May, 2016 At a regular press conference of the ministry in Hanoi on January 12, Binh noted that last year, Vietnam welcomed nearly 30 heads of state. Important events were organized, including the seventh Ayeyawady-Chao Phreaya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS) Summit, the eighth Cambodia-Laos-Myanmar-Vietnam Summit, and the first World Economic Forum on Mekong Region, he said. At the same time, Vietnam promoted its active role in building the ASEAN Community, while showing strong performance as a member of UN agencies such as the Human Rights Council, Socio-Economic Council, and UNESCO Executive Board. The first time, a representative of Vietnam was elected to the UN International Law Commission, he highlighted. Vietnam has set up strategic partnership with 15 countries and comprehensive partnership with 10 countries, including all world powers and the five members of the UN Security Council. With the conclusion and continuous negotiations of 16 free trade agreements, Vietnam has enforced free trade deals with 60 partners that hold 90 percent of the world’s GDP and 80 percent of global trade, said Binh. He underlined that last year, the Foreign Ministry also took a number of measures to call for the support of international friends and the Vietnamese community abroad…... [read more]

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