Deputy PM to attend ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting

Tillerson is scheduled to participate in a series of meetings involving the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Manila starting Saturday. North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho is also expected to be at the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), one of few international gatherings the communist country regularly attends. "The secretary has no plans to meet the North Korean foreign minister in Manila. I don't expect to see that happen," Susan Thornton, acting assistant secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, said in a teleconference previewing his upcoming trip. The U.S. continues to exert pressure on the North Korean regime to abandon its nuclear and missile programs, she quoted Tillerson as saying during a press conference Tuesday. He also reassured Pyongyang that Washington does not seek a regime change in the reclusive state and would be willing to hold talks "at some point."    Thornton said such talks could be possible in the future if North Korea indicates a willingness to enter into serious discussions about its denuclearization. "What we would expect to see this year at the meeting would be a general chorus of condemnation of North Korea's provocative behavior and pretty serious diplomatic isolation directed at the North Korean foreign minister," she said. Meanwhile, Kyodo news agency reported Thornton said that the U.S. will call for the suspension of North Korea's membership of the ARF as part of efforts to beef up pressure on the regime bent on developing missiles and nuclear weapons. It quoted Thornton…... [read more]

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi urged all parties on Thursday not to heighten tensions on the Korean peninsula and said China had already clearly condemned North Korea's latest missile test. "Regarding North Korea's recent missile launch, once again in violation of UN Security Council resolutions, China has already clearly expressed our opposition," Wang told a news conference in Beijing. "At the same time, we also call on all parties not to take any actions that will lead to an escalation in tensions," Wang said ahead of regional meetings in Manila later this week. Pyongyang said on Saturday it had conducted another successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile that proved its ability to strike the United States. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who will also attend the ASEAN Regional Forum in Manila, is expected to press China and other countries in the region to take tougher action against North Korea. On Tuesday, Tillerson reiterated that Washington had sought to persuade North Korea to give up its missile and nuclear weapons programmes through peaceful pressure, and that it did not seek a collapse of Kim Jong Un's regime. Asked about those comments, Wang said China attached importance to Tillerson's remarks about the Korean peninsula and hoped that the United States could implement them successfully. Wang said he hoped all sides could move forward together through dialogue to find a solution quickly that addresses each other's security concerns.... [read more]

Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop (Source: ualm.org.au) Sydney (VNA) – Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop began her six-day visit to Thailand and the Philippines on August 2 to enhance the bilateral relations and promote Australia’s economic and security benefits in Southeast Asia. In Bangkok, Bishop is scheduled to meet with her Thai counterpart Don Pramudwinai and other Thai ministers and leaders to discuss measures to increase the role of Australia in political, economic and security issues. On this occasion, Australia will officially launch a new embassy in Bangkok, which is considered one of the biggest external events of Australia this year. She added that Australia and Thailand are celebrating the 65th anniversary of diplomatic ties in 2017. Thailand is the eighth biggest trade partner of Australia. In Manila, Bishop will attend the East Asia Summit, the ASEAN-Australia Ministerial Meeting, and the ASEAN Regional Forum along with activities to celebrate the 50th founding anniversary of the bloc. The meetings will focus discussion on major challenges in the region, including the East Sea matter, the Korean Peninsula, and terrorism. Bishop said she is co-chairing the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit in Sydney of the New South Wales State in March 2018 to affirm the significant contributions of ASEAN to promoting regional peace and prosperity. Founded in 1967, ASEAN groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.-VNA... [read more]

Source from the Yonhap News Agency said Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha is to attend foreign ministerial meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) early next week in Manila, the Philippines. They include the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), a rare gathering attended by North Korea. "On the sidelines of the ASEAN meetings, we are arranging a trilateral meeting among the foreign ministers of South Korea, the U.S. and Japan," a ministry official told Yonhap News Agency on customary condition of anonymity. "We are pushing to hold such a meeting but the final timetable has yet to be confirmed. Finding a time that satisfies the three top diplomats with busy schedules is very hard," he added. They didn't hold trilateral talks during last year's ASEAN meetings in Laos. Seeking a three-way meeting is aimed at strengthening cooperation in dealing with the North in the wake of its recent missile provocations, he said. On Friday night, the North test-fired what it claimed to be an intercontinental ballistic missile, marking the second such provocation in a month. Kang is expected to have bilateral talks with her counterparts from around a dozen countries on the ASEAN meetings' sidelines including Japan, the U.S. and China. Keen attention is being placed on whether Kang will meet with North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho. Though the foreign ministry here has not confirmed the matter, it has hinted that the door for an encounter remains open. Last year, there was a brief encounter between then Foreign…... [read more]

Source from the Yonhap News Agency said Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha is to attend foreign ministerial meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) early next week in Manila, the Philippines. They include the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), a rare gathering attended by North Korea. "On the sidelines of the ASEAN meetings, we are arranging a trilateral meeting among the foreign ministers of South Korea, the U.S. and Japan," a ministry official told Yonhap News Agency on customary condition of anonymity. "We are pushing to hold such a meeting but the final timetable has yet to be confirmed. Finding a time that satisfies the three top diplomats with busy schedules is very hard," he added. They didn't hold trilateral talks during last year's ASEAN meetings in Laos. Seeking a three-way meeting is aimed at strengthening cooperation in dealing with the North in the wake of its recent missile provocations, he said. On Friday night, the North test-fired what it claimed to be an intercontinental ballistic missile, marking the second such provocation in a month. Kang is expected to have bilateral talks with her counterparts from around a dozen countries on the ASEAN meetings' sidelines including Japan, the U.S. and China. Keen attention is being placed on whether Kang will meet with North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho. Though the foreign ministry here has not confirmed the matter, it has hinted that the door for an encounter remains open. Last year, there was a brief encounter between then Foreign…... [read more]

In the article, Deputy PM Minh recalled the formation of ASEAN in Bangkok, Thailand, on August 8, 1967 with Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines as its founding members.  “ASEAN was born to create a firm foundation for common actions in order to enhance cooperation in Southeast Asia in the spirit of equality and partnership, contributing to peace and progress in the region,” he wrote.  After admitting Brunei in 1984, Vietnam in 1995, Laos and Myanmar in 1997, and Cambodia in 1999, ASEAN now brings together ten members. The first ASEAN Summit in 1976 demonstrated the group’s greater attention and stronger political commitments to regional cooperation.  The ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA), which was established in 1992 as the outcome of the first 25 years of economic cooperation of the group, has created an important foundation for the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community.  Formed in 1994 in the spirit of promoting peace and security through dialogue and cooperation in Asia-Pacific, the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) initiated dialogue and consultation mechanisms on security and political issues in the region, the Deputy PM added.  He also recalled the signing of the ASEAN Charter in 2007, turning ASEAN from a merely cooperation organisation into a legal entity.  Despite close geographical locations, the ASEAN member countries have different political systems, cultures, languages and development levels. However, the gaps have been narrowed and the establishment of the ASEAN Community on December 31,…... [read more]

ASEAN was formed in Bangkok, Thailand, on August 8, 1967 (Source: asean.org)   Hanoi (VNA) – With its goodwill, endeavours, enthusiasm and responsibility, Vietnam has significantly contributed to the common achievements of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh has written in an article marking the group’s 50th founding anniversary. In the article, Deputy PM Minh recalled the formation of ASEAN in Bangkok, Thailand, on August 8, 1967 with Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines as its founding members. “ASEAN was born to create a firm foundation for common actions in order to enhance cooperation in Southeast Asia in the spirit of equality and partnership, contributing to peace and progress in the region,” he wrote. After admitting Brunei in 1984, Vietnam in 1995, Laos and Myanmar in 1997, and Cambodia in 1999, ASEAN now brings together ten members. The first ASEAN Summit in 1976 demonstrated the group’s greater attention and stronger political commitments to regional cooperation. The ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA), which was established in 1992 as the outcome of the first 25 years of economic cooperation of the group, has created an important foundation for the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community. Formed in 1994 in the spirit of promoting peace and security through dialogue and cooperation in Asia-Pacific, the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) initiated dialogue and consultation mechanisms on security and political issues in the region, the…... [read more]

NDO – On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the ASEAN establishment (August 8, 1967 – 2017), Politburo member, Deputy Prime Minister, and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh published an article, emphasising the important contributions of Vietnam to the building of a strong ASEAN Community. Fifty years ago, with ‘the aspiration of building a solid foundation for a joint action to promote the regional cooperation in Southeast Asia in the spirit of equality and partnership and contributing to the peace and progress of the region’, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was officially established. During the long and difficult process which was full of many milestones, Vietnam has been proud to be an essential component which has contributed greatly to ASEAN today. The half-century road of ASEAN and historical milestones On August 8, 1967, Foreign Ministers of five Southeast Asian countries signed the Bangkok Declaration which gave birth to ASEAN. The organisation started with only five members including Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and the Phillipines. Brunei was added to ASEANin 1984; meanwhile Vietnam was admitted in 1995, Lao and Myanmar in 1997 and Cambodia in 1999, finally realising the dream of an ASEAN consisting of all ten Southeast Asian countries. The first ASEAN Summit was held in 1976, demonstrating greater interest and stronger political commitment for ASEAN cooperation. The ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA) was established in 1992 as a fruit of the first 25 years of ASEAN economic cooperation, laying out an important foundation…... [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]

The visit is also a chance for Vietnam and India to adopt measures to promote their comprehensive relationship as well as facilitating business deals. The traditional friendship between Vietnam and India originates from their common historical links in culture, religion and trade. It was established and fostered by President Ho Chi Minh and Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and by other generations of leaders and people of the two countries. The traditional friendship and comprehensive cooperation between Vietnam and India has developed significantly since the two countries established their diplomatic ties at an ambassadorial level on January 7, 1972. Vietnam has received valuable assistance from India in its post-war reconstruction process and its current economic development. Bilateral ties in politics, security and national defence have also developed well through high-level visit exchanges. Economically, two-way trade has increased by 20 percent per annum in recent years from US$375 million in 2002 to US$1.005 billion in 2006. Vietnam mainly exports coffee, coal, pepper, rubber, electronic products and footwear to India, and imports cattle feed, raw materials, metals, plastics, medicines, machinery equipment, garment and pharmaceutical accessories, chemicals and pesticides from the South Asian country. Both countries are trying to reduce Vietnam’s import surplus and raise bilateral trade to US$1.5-2 billion in the next two or three years. The year 2007 marked a breakthrough in India’s investment in Vietnam. In February, Essar group agreed a US$527 million project to produce hot rolled steel in southern Ba Ria-Vung Tau province. Three months later, Tata group signed…... [read more]




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