Japan, RoK support Vietnam’s security initiatives at AMM-50

(L to R) North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, Cambodia's Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn, Canada's Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, Brunei's Foreign Minister Lim Jock Seng, Bangladesh's Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi link arms during the Gala Dinner of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) and Related Meetings in Manila on August 6, 2017. Photo by AFP/Mark R.Cristino North Korea dismissed offers of talks from the South during a rare exchange between the two rivals' foreign ministers, Seoul's Yonhap news agency reported Monday after the UN imposed a new round of sanctions on nuclear-armed Pyongyang. News of the brief encounter on the sidelines of a regional forum in Manila came as the South's President Moon Jae-In urged a "peaceful resolution" to the tensions in a telephone conversation with his US counterpart Donald Trump. Even a conventional conflict on the peninsula could cost a million dead or wounded within months, estimates say. Moon told Trump the South "cannot let another war to break out" on the peninsula after the 1950-53 Korean War that sealed the division of two Koreas, the presidential Blue House said in a statement. The South's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-Wha shook hands with her Northern counterpart Ri Yong-Ho ahead of an ASEAN Regional Forum dinner on Sunday, Yonhap said. Kang urged Ri to accept Seoul's offers of military talks to lower tensions on the divided peninsula, and for discussions on…... [read more]

The U.N. Security Council on Saturday unanimously backed a U.S.-drafted resolution that significantly strengthened sanctions on North Korea, imposing a ban on exports aimed at depriving Pyongyang of $1 billion in annual revenue. The sweeping measures were the first of that scope to be imposed on North Korea since U.S. President Donald Trump took office and highlighted China's willingness to punish its Pyongyang ally. The resolution imposed a full ban on exports of coal, iron and iron ore, lead and lead ore as well as fish and seafood by the cash-starved state -- stripping North Korea of a third of its export earnings estimated at $3 billion per year. U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said the stiffer measures brought the penalty imposed on North Korea for its ballistic missile tests "to a whole new level" and that the council had put leader Kim Jong-Un "on notice." "This is the most stringent set of sanctions on any country in a generation," Haley told the council after the vote. "These sanctions will cut deep and in doing so, will give the North Korean leadership a taste of the deprivation they have chosen to inflict on the North Korean people." The resolution also prevents North Korea from increasing the number of workers it sends abroad whose earnings are another source of revenue for Kim's regime. It prohibits all new joint ventures with North Korea, bans new investment in the current joint companies and adds nine North Korean officials and four entities including North…... [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]

NDO/VNA – Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh has stressed the need to boost road, waterway and aviation connectivity in order to fully tap the cooperation potential between Mekong nations and India. Minh made the statement at the 8th Mekong-Ganga Cooperation (MGC) Ministerial Meeting, held on August 7, within the framework of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and related meetings in Manila, the Philippines. The meeting also saw the participation of foreign ministers from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and India. Along with the transport area, Vietnam also asked the participating countries to facilitate trade, especially in customs procedures, to strengthen cooperation in protecting the environment, adapting to climate change, and using and managing the Mekong and Ganga Rivers’ water resources sustainably. The participating countries acknowledged these proposals, agreeing to establish a working group on transport in order to seek measures to intensify road, waterway and aviation connectivity, to build a Buddhist trail through the MGC countries, and boost coordination between their travel agencies. The ministers also emphasised the importance of expanding cooperation in new areas to consolidate economic links and promote potential in trade and economic ties. They suggested developing micro, small & medium enterprises (MSMEs), organising a global MSMEs Summit, strengthening cooperation among businesses, holding an annual MGC Business Forum, with the first to take place in India in January 2018, and stepping up cooperation in health care, especially in malaria prevention. At the meeting, the participants applauded the…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh has stressed the need to boost road, waterway and aviation connectivity in order to fully tap the cooperation potential between Mekong nations and India. Minh made the statement at the 8th Mekong-Ganga Cooperation (MGC) Ministerial Meeting, held on August 7, within the framework of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and related meetings in Manila, the Philippines. The meeting also saw the participation of foreign ministers from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and India. Along with the transport area, Vietnam also asked the participating countries to facilitate trade, especially in customs procedures, to strengthen cooperation in protecting the environment, adapting to climate change, and using and managing the Mekong and Ganga Rivers’ water resources sustainably. The participating countries acknowledged these proposals, agreeing to establish a working group on transport in order to seek measures to intensify road, waterway and aviation connectivity, to build a Buddhist trail through the MGC countries, and boost coordination between their travel agencies. The ministers also emphasised the importance of expanding cooperation in new areas to consolidate economic links and promote potential in trade and economic ties. They suggested developing micro, small & medium enterprises (MSMEs), organising a global MSMEs Summit, strengthening cooperation among businesses, holding an annual MGC Business Forum, with the first to take place in India in January 2018, and stepping up cooperation in health care, especially in malaria prevention. At the meeting, the participants applauded the…... [read more]

Manila, August 7 (VNA) – Vietnam will work with Japan and Mekong nations to implement the 2015 Tokyo Strategy on Mekong-Japan cooperation and the Mekong-Japan Action Plan for Realisation of the New Tokyo Strategy for 2016-2018.  Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh reiterated Vietnam’s commitments at the Mekong-Japan Foreign Ministers' Meeting on the sidelines of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM 50) in Manila, the Philippines, on August 6.  The event was attended by the Foreign Ministers from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and Japan.  To help Mekong nations participate deeply in global and regional value chains, the Vietnamese FM suggested developing international traffic corridors and logistics system so the region can serve as a bridge connecting the Indian Ocean and Asia – Pacific, and be a gate to markets like India and ASEAN.  Meanwhile, Japan should provide support for Mekong nations to shift toward green growth and energy saving models, to develop energy while ensuring energy, food and water security and to use water sustainably from the Mekong river while adapting to climate change, Minh said.  He also suggested Japan help Mekong countries develop high-quality human resources and enhance research and development capacity to meet the demand of enterprises.  During the event, participants discussed cooperation plans and preparations for the ninth Mekong – Japan Summit Meeting slated for November.  Mekong nations lauded Japan’s support for promoting regional connectivity, human resource development and industrial infrastructure facilities via the Partnership for Quality Infrastructure, the…... [read more]

Vietnam will work with Japan and Mekong nations to implement the 2015 Tokyo Strategy on Mekong-Japan cooperation and the Mekong-Japan Action Plan for Realisation of the New Tokyo Strategy for 2016-2018. Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh (first right) and delegates participate the meeting Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh reiterated Vietnam’s commitments at the Mekong-Japan Foreign Ministers' Meeting on the sidelines of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM 50) in Manila, the Philippines, on August 6. The event was attended by the Foreign Ministers from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and Japan. To help Mekong nations participate deeply in global and regional value chains, the Vietnamese FM suggested developing international traffic corridors and logistics system so the region can serve as a bridge connecting the Indian Ocean and Asia – Pacific, and be a gate to markets like India and ASEAN. Meanwhile, Japan should provide support for Mekong nations to shift toward green growth and energy saving models, to develop energy while ensuring energy, food and water security and to use water sustainably from the Mekong river while adapting to climate change, Minh said. He also suggested Japan help Mekong countries develop high-quality human resources and enhance research and development capacity to meet the demand of enterprises. During the event, participants discussed cooperation plans and preparations for the ninth Mekong – Japan Summit Meeting slated for November. Mekong nations lauded Japan’s support for promoting regional connectivity, human resource development and industrial infrastructure facilities via the Partnership…... [read more]

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh (fourth, left), Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and​ other foreign ministers pose for a photo at a meeting on August 6 (Photo: AFP/VNA) Manila (VNA) – The ASEAN and its 10 partner countries agreed several major cooperation plans at the ASEAN Post Ministerial Conference (PMC+1) sessions in Manila, the Philippines, on August 6. Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh led the Vietnamese delegation to the events, part of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM 50) and related meetings. As Vietnam is the country coordinator of the ASEAN-India dialogue partnership, Minh and India’s Minister of State for External Affairs General Vijay Kumar Singh co-chaired the ASEAN-India Foreign Ministers’ Meeting. At the PMC+1 sessions, the foreign ministers from ASEAN and the 10 partner nations reviewed relations over the past year and devised plans for future cooperation.  They focused on economy, trade, investment, connectivity, development gap narrowing, climate change, natural disaster management, people-to-people exchange and education. They also discussed regional and international issues of shared concern. The dialogue partners congratulated ASEAN on its 50th founding anniversary and hailed the bloc’s achievements after almost two years since the ASEAN Community was established. They pledged to continue supporting ASEAN to enhance economic and regional connectivity, narrow development gaps and boost free and equal trade through existing free trade agreements (FTAs) and those with bigger framework such as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). The partner…... [read more]

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. They urged ASEAN and China to soon conduct pragmatic negotiations to reach a Code of Conduct in the East Sea. Canada hoped 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. 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, she added.... [read more]




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