Australia boosts relations with Southeast Asian nations

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) and Mozambique’s Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario meet with the press after their talks (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Mozambique’s Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario has called upon Vietnamese businesses to engage more in trade, oil and gas, marine transport, and processing farm produce and seafood to soon realise the trade target set by the two countries’ leaders. Rosario, who is paying an official visit to Vietnam for the first time from July 31 to August 3, made the appeal during his talks with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in Hanoi on August 1. The host described the visit as an important milestone in the bilateral relations after the visit to Mozambique by former President Truong Tan Sang in March 2016. The two Government leaders expressed their satisfaction at the growing traditional friendship between Vietnam and Mozambique. Regarding political ties, they agreed to maintain delegation exchanges at all levels while coordinating and supporting each other at international forums. They discussed challenges in security, politics and economics along with regional and global issues of mutual concerns.   [Mozambican PM’s Vietnam visit to enhance bilateral ties] The two sides pledged to contribute to the maintenance of peace and cooperation in the region and beyond on the basis of respecting international law and addressing any disputes via peaceful means and in line with international law. PM Phuc proposed Mozambique support Vietnam to become a non-permanent member…... [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]

The information was released by Vietnamese Minister of Science and Technology Chu Ngoc Anh, who co-chaired the meeting, during an interview with Vietnam News Agency’s correspondent in Tel Aviv, Israel, on the sidelines of the event. Minister of Science and Technology Chu Ngoc Anh (left) and Israeli Ministerof Economy and Industry Eli Cohen. The two sides noted with satisfaction the already fruitful cooperation between the two countries, with two-way trade increasing significantly during 2010-2016, he said. They also began negotiations for a free trade agreement with three meetings and are preparing for the next round, he said, noting Israel has recognized Vietnam’s market economic status. Both agreed that Vietnam and Israel hold a lot of potential for cooperation as the two economies are reciprocal. At the meeting, they agreed to work together to raise bilateral trade to 3 billion USD as agreed by the two countries’ leaders and accelerate the signing of the trade deal, while seeking an agreement on labor cooperation. The two sides also set forth measures to implement a financial protocol. Israel said the country stands ready to share its experience in launching and promoting start-ups. They also agreed on measures to step up cooperation in technology, agriculture, navigation and development. Anh said Vietnam and Israel will mark the 25th anniversary of their diplomatic ties in 2018 and the two sides will coordinate to implement cooperation programs for the interests of each side. According to…... [read more]

Good morning from Vietnam! Good morning from Vietnam! Politics -- U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius has praised recent remarkable advancement in Vietnam-U.S. ties and shared his vision on the further enhancement of bilateral relations in an open letter written exclusively for Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper. Society -- The second diphtheria outbreak in three years has been confirmed in central Vietnam’s Quang Nam Province, where two high school students have been reported dead from the disease so far, according to Tran Khac Phu, director of the General Department of Preventive Medicine. -- Da Phuoc Waste Treatment Complex in Ho Chi Minh City’s Binh Chanh District, which in September was found responsible for the foul smell that had been wafting through the city’s southern end, has announced its plan to gradually employ the incineration method in place of burial to curb the unpleasant odor. Lifestyle -- A VND120 billion (US$5.27 million) aerospace museum will be opened at the Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park in Hanoi in 2018 to raise public knowledge of Vietnam’s astronomical advancements, according to Assoc. Prof. Pham Anh Tuan, head of the Vietnam National Satellite Center. Business -- Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on Wednesday met with Professor Fredmund Malik, head of Malik Lab, a Switzerland-based leading research institute on cybernetics and management science and systems, as part of his trip to Switzerland to attend the 47th World Economic Forum. The two vowed to enhance cooperation in boosting the management capability of Vietnamese officials. -- A Vietnamese man…... [read more]

According to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), the most important events in 2005 were the 30th anniversary of the end of the US war in Vietnam and PM Phan Van Khai’s tour of the US in late June, which captured the world’s public attention. Both sides deemed the visit necessary as it met their interests. After the release of their joint declaration, numerous high-level meetings were held more regularly to discuss issues of common concern towards expanding bilateral relations and preventing differences from affecting the common trend of development. During Mr Khai’s visit, accompanied businesses were active in seeking new markets to pave the way for consuming export products. In terms of economic and trade ties, two-way trade turnover is estimated to jump to US$7 billion in 2005 from US$6.5 billion in 2004. So far, the US remains Vietnam’s largest export market. In recent times, the number of US tourists to Vietnam has experienced sharp increases. By the end of November 2005, US travellers numbered 299,442, up by 21 percent against the same period of 2004. The result was attributed to Vietnam being considered a safe destination and its secure social order and political stability. Travel between the two countries is also more convenient after the San Francisco-HCM City direct flight was opened more than a year ago. However, US investment in Vietnam is still modest as the country ranks 10th among 69 countries and territories investing in Vietnam, with 245 projects worth US$1.4 billion. This is only the direct…... [read more]

Prime Minister Phan Van Khai began his first official visit to Indonesia from February 22-24 at the invitation of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyno. The visit takes place at a time when the friendly and multi-faceted cooperative ties between Vietnam and Indonesia have seen fine developments.During the visit, the two sides will concretise the implementation of the "Declaration on the Framework of Friendly and Comprehensive Cooperation Entering the 21st Century" and seek measures to boost multi-faceted co-operation for mutual benefit, especially in the areas of economics, trade and investment to match up to the fine political relations between the two countries.The two countries signed the "Declaration on the Framework of Friendly and Comprehensive Cooperation Entering the 21st Century" during President Megawati Sukarnoputri’s visit to Vietnam in June 2003. The framework is considered an important legal foundation for further promoting all-round cooperation between Vietnam and Indonesia.During President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyno’s visit to Vietnam in May 2005, the two countries agreed to turn bilateral relations into strategic partnership in the region. President Susilo affirmed that Indonesia wants its ties with Vietnam to become "an important pillar" of relationship in Southeast Asia.The Foreign Ministries of Vietnam and Indonesia held their first Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM) on August 13-14, 2005, to issue a memorandum of understanding on bilateral consultation. They discussed the establishment of a ministerial-level consultative mechanism for strategic issues and agreed to accelerate discussions for the signing of a Plan of Action as early as possible to implement the "Declaration on the…... [read more]

Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh’s visit to Cambodia in March 2005 several months after Mr Shihamoni was crowned King, and the agreements reached during the visit, created favorable conditions for the two countries to promote bilateral relations and all-round co-operation. The two sides agreed to develop their relationship under the motto "good neighbourliness, traditional friendship, comprehensive cooperation and durable stability". During the visit to Vietnam by Prime Minister Hun Sen in October 2005, the two countries signed a supplementary treaty to the 1985 Treaty on the Delimitation of State Borders. The signing of agreements on bilateral co-operation during the recent visit to Cambodia by Prime Minister Phan Van Khai contributed to taking relations between the two countries to a higher plane. Bilateral co-operation in security and national defence in recent times has been further strengthened as the two countries agreed to conduct joint sea patrol activities. The first and second conferences on co-operation and the development of Vietnam-Cambodia border provinces built a new mechanism of co-operation among border provinces to ensurecommon border security. The two countries have made great strides in economic, trade and cultural co-operation after a joint commission for co-operation in economics, culture and science and technology was established in April, 1994. Seven sessions of the commission have been held so far. At each session, the two sides reviewed the implementation of co-operation agreements and devised new plans for the coming years. The two countries have also seen progress in their trade and investment cooperation, with two-way…... [read more]

During such meetings, as well as in their documents, the so-called Vietnamese patriots made slanderous charges against the Vietnamese Party and State. They claimed that article 4 of the current Constitution legalises the one-party regime and monopoly on press, leading to the dictatorial regime which oppresses people’s democratic requirements. To justify their charges, they painstakingly lobbied some Vietnamese nationals in the US, France and other countries to sign the petition to be sent to their parliaments with the aim of putting pressure on Vietnam regarding human rights and democracy issues. Such slanderous charges have been made by hostile forces over the past years to sabotage the Vietnamese Party and State. The only difference this time is that they tried by all means to convince the public, particularly powerful agencies in the US and other countries that the charges were true by releasing the declaration and appealing for signatures to their petition. Notably, the move comes at a time when US legislators are considering the grant of PNTR status for Vietnam, paving the way for the country to join the World Trade Organisation. Despite public opinion holding that it is time the US broke with the past and completely normalised its relations with Vietnam by granting PNTR to the country, some bad elements continue going to great lengths to bar Vietnam’s international integration process, undermine its ongoing Renewal process, and dishearten investors and international friends in the country’s economic development. They are not Vietnamese patriots, but betrayers to their fatherland and…... [read more]

Located in the northern part of South America, Venezuela has a total area of 912,050 square kilometres, with a population of 26 million. Endowed with plentiful natural resources, including oil, gas, iron, bauxite, gold, zinc and coal ores, Venezuela has become one of the powerful economies in South America, with oil exploitation emerging as the spearhead of the economy. Currently, Venezuela is the fifth largest oil exporter in the world, with oil revenue making up 70 percent of the country’s total export value. As part of a national economic development plan, Venezuela has decided to nationalise its oil industry, and has successfully implemented many social welfare programmes, including anti-illiteracy and expanded education programmes for young people, and free primary healthcare services for poor people. Vietnam and Venezuela established diplomatic relations on December 18, 1989, but Venezuelan people demonstrated their support and solidarity with the Vietnamese people’s struggle against US aggressors in the 1960’s and 70’s. Venezuelan soldiers kidnapped a US Major Colonel to negotiate with the US for an exchange of Vietnamese hero Nguyen Van Troi. The development of bilateral ties was marked by an official visit to Venezuela by Chairman of Vietnam National Assembly Nguyen Van An last March and a reciprocal visit to Vietnam by Deputy Foreign Minister R. Rivero last May. On this occasion, the Vietnamese Embassy in Caracas and the Venezuelan Embassy in Hanoi were established. The two sides also signed several important documents to bolster bilateral cooperation. In a recent interview with VOV, Venezuela Ambassador…... [read more]

The Senate Committee on Finance is due to meet on July 12 to consider the approval of permanent normal trade relations status (PNTR) for Vietnam. Many US congressmen have supported the US Congress’ approval of PNTR for Vietnam while some have opposed it with alleged charges against Vietnam’s human rights record. That discordant note only reflects the points of view of some hostile forces which are still trying to obstruct the development of Vietnam-US relations. Recently, a number of short-sighted congressmen sent their letters to the Senate Committee on Finance urging the US Congress not to approve PNTR for Vietnam as they said it would be a big mistake committed by the US administration. Their arguments were still based on the old story that Vietnam’s human rights record remained bad. It is apparent that over the past 15 years, since the normalisation of Vietnam-US diplomatic relations, they have incessantly made slanderous allegations about human rights in Vietnam. Some of them, also known as authors of the so-called Vietnamese Human Rights Bill, often capitalise on sensitive issues relating to democracy, human rights, religious freedom, and press freedom to sabotage Vietnam and undermine the positive development of relations between the two countries. In fact, Vietnam-US relations are entering the final stage of the normalization process. If the US Congress approves PNTR for Vietnam, the process will be regarded as a complete work to create favorable conditions for further developing comprehensive relations between the two countries. Regrettably, there remain some Americans continuing to…... [read more]

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