Canada supports Vietnam to cope with climate change

NDO/VNA - Canada has pledged to continue supporting Vietnam to increase capacity to cope with non-traditional security challenges, including climate change and environmental issues Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland made the affirmation at a meeting with Vietnam’s Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh within the framework of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Manila, the Philippines on August 6. The two sides agreed to elevate the bilateral cooperation framework to a new height. While discussing regional and global issues, the ministers affirmed the central role of ASEAN in the region and agreed to maintain ASEAN’s principles of addressing regional disputes peacefully in line with international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea. The ministers also urged ASEAN and China to soon conduct pragmatic negotiations to reach a Code of Conduct in the East Sea. Canada hopes to increase its involvement in the regional architecture and to work with Vietnam and other countries in the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement to discuss the trade deal’s future. Freeland said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to attend the ASEAN Economic Leaders’ Meeting held in Vietnam’s central coastal city of Da Nang in November 2017. The minister of foreign affairs added that Canada appreciates Vietnam’s hosting of the APEC Year 2017 and pledged to strengthen co-ordination with the Southeast Asian country in upcoming APEC events. ... [read more]

Delegates to the AMM 50 (Source: EPA/VNA)   Manila (VNA) – The foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have reviewed the bloc’s achievements recorded over the past 50 years and put forth major development orientations for the ASEAN Community in the time ahead. They are gathering at the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM 50) that opened in Manila, the Philippines, on August 5. The ministers shared the views that the greatest attainment ASEAN has gained is the building of a favourable condition for peace and stability, helping bring nations in the region closer to create collective strength as well as a dialogue culture and cooperation for their growth. They assessed the materialisation of the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and master plans on politics-security, economy, culture and social affairs. In an effort to practically benefit ASEAN citizens, the ministers consented to promote programmes on economic development cooperation and narrow development gaps, increase connectivity, especially through the implementation of the third phase of the Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI), the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC) and measures to ensure social welfare. Applauding the initiative to combine the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 with the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the officials considered this one of the priorities and agreed to roll out a roadmap to boost the reciprocation of the two documents. Regarding ASEAN’s external affairs, they lauded strides made in relations between the…... [read more]

  Vietnam pledges to promote investment in women (Source: VNA)   Manila (VNA) – The Government of Vietnam has attached importance to and implemented numerous concrete measures to promote gender equality and women empowerment, Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh said at a seminar in the Philippines on August 6. The seminar on Investing in Women Initiative, part of the activities of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM 50), was chaired by Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, and attended by Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi and representatives of female entrepreneurs from Australia, and other ASEAN nations. Minh welcomed and highly valued the pioneering role of the Government of Australia in promoting gender equality and women empowerment in the region. Support for the participation and enhancement of women role at micro-, small- & medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) is an effective way to give more power to women in socio-economic development while boosting the sustainable growth and development of MSMEs, contributing to the development of prosperity of nations, Minh affirmed. The Investing in Women programme is an initiative of the Australian government, worth 46 million AUD. It aims to empower women in socio-economic activities in Asian – Pacific nations. The programme provides financial assistance for MSMEs, develops legal framework, and establish female entrepreneur’s alliance, thus creating a favourable condition, job opportunities, and enhancing the role and participation of women in socio-economic development. It also aims to create more education opportunities for girls.-VNA... [read more]

Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh holds a bilateral meeting with Lao FM Saleumxay Kommasith (Source: VNA) Manila (VNA) – Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh had bilateral meetings with his counterparts from Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, Australia, and Laos in Manila, the Philippines, on August 5, on the sidelines of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM 50) and related meetings. Meeting Singaporean FM Vivian Balakrishnan, both officials agreed on measures to accelerate the implementation of high-level commitments to achieve joint concrete benefits. Vivian Balakrishnan stated that Singapore will work with Vietnam for the successful APEC Year 2017, especially the APEC Economic Leaders’ Week in Da Nang in November. Meanwhile, Minh and Indonesia’s FM Retno Marsudi asserted the importance of maintaining contacts and high-ranking meetings, to bring bilateral ties to a new height. Minh suggested the two countries coordinate in protecting their fishermen, combating criminals at sea, while asking Indonesia to handle the issues of arrested fishing boats and fishermen humanely. At the meeting with the Philippine FM Alan Peter Cayetano, Minh affirmed that Vietnam supports and works with the Philippines in its ASEAN Chair in 2017 in speeding up the ASEAN Community building process, reinforcing the bloc’s solidarity, and safeguarding the grouping’s central role in tackling regional issues. He asked the Philippines to work to ensure safety for Vietnamese nationals being held by terrorists in the country as well as hasten the accomplishment of necessary procedures for the entry of Vietnamese…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – The foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have reviewed the bloc’s achievement recorded over the past 50 years and put forth major development orientations for the ASEAN Community in the times ahead. The ministers are gathering at the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM 50) that opened in Manila, the Philippines, on August 5. The ministers shared their view that the greatest attainment ASEAN has gained is the building of a favourable condition for peace and stability, helping bring nations in the region closer to create collective strength as well as a dialogue culture and cooperation for their growth. They assessed the materialisation of the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and master plans on politics-security, economy, culture and social affairs. In an effort to practically benefit ASEAN citizens, the ministers consented to promote programmes on economic development cooperation and narrow development gaps, increase connectivity, especially through the implementation of the third phase of the Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI), the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC) and aims to ensure social welfare. Applauding the initiative to combine the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 with the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the officials considered this one of the priorities and agreed to roll out a roadmap to boost the reciprocation of the two documents. Regarding ASEAN’s external affairs, they extoled strides made in relations between the group and its partners and appreciated contributions of the partners to the formation of the…... [read more]

The first meeting of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM 50) in Manila, the Philippines (Source: EPA/VNA)   Manila (VNA) – Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh has appealed to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to intensify exchanges with China to soon start pragmatic negotiations of the Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC), making it effective and legally binding. He was addressing the ongoing 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM 50) in Manila, the Philippines on August 5. The ASEAN foreign ministers on August 5 reached a consensus on a draft framework for a code of conduct (COC) of parties in the East Sea. The draft is expected to be submitted to the ASEAN-China Foreign Ministers’ Meeting for approval on August 6. Minh applauded ASEAN and China for their full implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC). He also reiterated Vietnam’s consistent stance on the significance of peace, stability, navigation and aviation security and safety in the East Sea to regional peace and stability. Disputes should be resolved peacefully in accordance with international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), and respect for legal and diplomatic processes, he said, stressing the need for concerned parties to back efforts to build trust and prevent conflicts. He noted that developing a suitable and satisfactory approach to the East Sea issue constitutes ASEAN’s practical contribution to long-term peace…... [read more]

Southeast Asian nations were battling Sunday to find a compromise on how to deal with Chinese expansionism in the East Sea (Vietnamese reference for the South China Sea), also with Cambodia lobbying hard for Beijing, diplomats said. Foreign ministers from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) failed to release a joint statement as scheduled on Saturday evening, and tense follow-up negotiations the next morning could still not end the stand-off, two diplomats involved in the talks told AFP. China claims nearly all of the disputed waters, including waters approaching the coasts of ASEAN members Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei. The tense talks came after Vietnam, which also claims parts of the strategically vital sea, insisted that tough language be inserted into the statement expressing concern over Chinese land reclamation in the contested waters. Cambodia, one of China's strongest allies within ASEAN, had firmly resisted, according to the diplomats involved in the talks in the Philippine capital, as well as an excerpt of proposed Cambodian resolution obtained by AFP on Sunday. "Vietnam is adamant and China is effectively using Cambodia to champion its interests," one of the diplomats said. "But the Philippines is trying very hard to broker compromise language." China has in recent years expanded its presence in the sea by building artificial islands, which are capable of holding military bases. Tensions over the sea have long vexed ASEAN, which operates on a consensus basis but has had to balance the interests of rival claimants and…... [read more]

In his opening remarks, Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said the ministers will discuss regional progresses in implementing important initiatives as well as future orientations for building the ASEAN Community, realizing the ASEAN Political-Security Community Blueprint 2025, and preparation for the 31st ASEAN Summit and related meetings in November this year. Foreign ministers posing for a photo at the opening ceremony.  They will also exchange views on regional and global issues of mutual concern such as the East Sea (South China Sea), the Korean Peninsula, anti-terrorism and extremism fight, navigation security and other non-traditional security matters. At a plenary session, the FMs will have an in-depth discussion on working groups’ meetings with 17 dialogue countries, including the US, Russia, Japan and China. Such issues as the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and settlement of territorial disputes in the East Sea, terrorism, violent extremism, and cross-border crimes are expected to be deliberated at the event. The ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights will update the FMs on the human rights situation so as to help them devise measures to promote and protect human rights in ASEAN based on the commission’s Terms of Reference and ASEAN Human Rights Declaration. The AMM 50 and related meetings will run until August 8. On August 7, foreign ministers of ASEAN and 17 dialogue partners are scheduled to meet at the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) – an important multilateral security dialogue – to…... [read more]

Vietnam urged other Southeast Asian nations to take a stronger stand against Chinese expansionism in the East Sea on Saturday, as a tense regional security forum began with North Korea also under fire over its nuclear program. Ahead of the launch of the annual gathering of foreign ministers from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Vietnam made a bold play against China with a raft of suggested changes to a planned joint communique. It set the stage for a fiery few days of diplomacy in the Philippine capital, with the top diplomats from China, the United States, Russia and North Korea to join their ASEANand other Asia-Pacific counterparts for security talks from Sunday. The meetings will take place as the United Nations Security Council votes this weekend on a U.S.-drafted resolution to toughen sanctions against North Korea to punish the isolated regime for its missile tests. The United States said it would also seek to build unified pressure on the North at the Manila event -- known as the ASEAN Regional Forum. After their own day of meetings on Saturday, ASEAN foreign ministers released a joint statement expressing "grave concerns" over the North's first two intercontinental ballistic missile tests that were conducted last month. "These developments seriously threaten peace, security and stability in the region and the world," the statement said. But on the East Sea (Vietnamese reference for the South China Sea) dispute -- one of Asia's other top powder keg issues -- there was far…... [read more]

Trinh Xuan Thanh makes public appearance on TVThe Saigon Times Daily An image of Trinh Xuan Thanh captured from VTV's news broadcast last night - PHOTO: HCMC – Trinh Xuan Thanh, former general director of PetroVietnam Construction Corporation (PVC), made his first public appearance in the prime-time evening news program broadcast last night by Vietnam Television (VTV), admitting he had voluntarily turned himself in to police. National television station VTV’s footage showed Thanh’s handwritten letter admitting his wrongdoing. He said he turned himself in to the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security due to his unstable life overseas as well as his anxiety and regret over his wrongdoing at PVC when hiding abroad. “I decided to leave the country and hide in Germany without careful thought. My family, relatives and friends encouraged me to come back to Vietnam to plead for leniency,” Thanh’s letter wrote. He also took his responsibility for the huge losses at PVC and its subsidiaries. On Wednesday, the German foreign ministry accused Vietnam of kidnapping Trinh Xuan Thanh, who it said was seeking asylum in Berlin, and of taking him home to face accusations of corruption. Germany also ordered an officer at the Vietnamese Embassy to leave Germany within 48 hours, according to local media reports. On the same day, the German foreign ministry asked the Vietnamese Government to send Thanh back to Germany immediately and would examine the Vietnamese side’s request for his extradition and Thanh’s asylum application. At a regular press conference on August 3,…... [read more]




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