Military gala night features Vietnam-Cambodia ties

Mr Triet was accompanied by several senior officials and representatives of 50 Vietnamese businesses who will attend the Vietnam-Cambodia business forum in Phnom Penh. The visit, which reciprocates King Norodom Shihamoni’s visit to Vietnam in March 2006, is taking place at a time when the two countries are busy preparing for the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties. Vietnam and Cambodia established their diplomatic ties on June 24, 1967. During the anti-US resistance war, Vietnam received support from the Cambodian administration and people. In turn, Vietnam also helped Cambodia overthrow the Pol Pot genocidal regime and reconstruct the country. Relations between Vietnam and Cambodia have been constantly developing in various areas since 1993. They have exchanged high-level visits with the aim of bringing their comprehensive cooperation to a new height. Notably, during a visit to Cambodia in March 2005 by Vietnamese Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh, the two sides agreed to develop their ties under the motto of “fine neighbourliness, traditional friendship, comprehensive cooperation and long-term stability” in the near future. Economically, Vietnam and Cambodia established a Joint Committee for economic, cultural, scientific and technological cooperation in August 2004. Since then, the committee has held eight meetings to review the implementation of bilateral cooperation agreements on economics, politics, trade, military and security affairs, and work out plans of action in the coming years. Bilateral trade exchanges have also increased considerably, reaching 40 percent per annum. Bilateral trade was valued at US$692 million in 2005 and the figure…... [read more]

The visit aims to strengthen the traditional friendship and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries and to elevate Vietnam’s position in the region, especially as the country will assume the chair of ASEAN in 2010. Vietnam and Cambodia share a 1,000km long border and both use the Mekong River. They stood shoulder to shoulder in the fight against colonialism and the Pol Pot genocidal regime and have continued with mutual support and assistance during the current process of national construction and defence. Both countries have an open foreign policy of diversifying and multilateralising their international relations. Over the past years, bilateral relations have developed well with an emphasis on ‘good neighbourliness, traditional friendship, comprehensive cooperation and long-term stability. A regular exchange of high-level visits has been maintained to promote mutual trust and understanding. Relations between the Communist Party of Vietnam and the two Cambodian parties in the ruling coalition have also fared well. Economic, trade and investment ties between Vietnam and Cambodia have grown and flourished constantly on a par with their political ties. Two-way trade has increased by 40 percent annually, reaching US$1.7 billion in 2008 and US$945 million in the past three quarters of this year. Both countries have worked out measures to expand economic and trade cooperation, to raise bilateral trade to US$2 billion in 2010. They have also opened and upgraded a number of economic zones and markets along the border. Vietnam’s investment in Cambodia has increased considerably, with 50 projects licensed and valued at US$640…... [read more]

Sam Rainsy, the runner-up of the recent Cambodian parliamentary election, stated in an interview with several international media agencies that Hanoi transgressed Cambodia’s territory. His statement is groundless because Vietnam and Cambodia have a time-honoured friendship and good neighbourly relationship, which has been nurtured and consolidated by generations of Vietnamese and Cambodians. The past struggle for national independence and freedom has bound the two countries in their common effort for peace, stability, cooperation and development. The Vietnamese people have stood shoulder to shoulder with Cambodians in various periods of historical upheavals, especially helping them get rid of the Pol Pot Khmer Rouge genocidal regime and develop their economy. The Vietnamese Party and State attach great importance to developing and consolidating the friendship and comprehensive cooperation with Cambodia. Bilateral cooperative ties have developed steadily in all areas over recent years. Both countries worked closely together in border demarcation and marker planting toward building a shared border line of peace, stability, cooperation, and development. Vietnam is happy with the successful parliamentary election on July 28, and hopes that Cambodia will soon be able to establish a new parliament and government for its own stability and development, contributing to regional peace and solidarity. It is clear to all and sundry that Sam Rainsy’s groundless statement causes harm to not only Vietnam-Cambodia relations but also the close bond formed by the blood and tears of both peoples. Sam Rainsy even made misleading information about territorial sovereignty concerning recent sea disputes in the region. BBC…... [read more]

The US$500,000 project, sponsored by the Vietnam People’s Army, covers an area of 1,700 square metres and has four storeys with a library and meeting, working, and living rooms. General Mom Xom, a representative of the High Command of Royal Cambodian Armed Forces, highly appreciated the great support from the Vietnamese side in building the Friendship House. Vietnamese Major-General Nguyen Huu Manh described the building as a symbol of the special friendship between Vietnam and Cambodia and said Vietnam is willing to provide the necessary equipment for the house. The inauguration of the Friendship House aims to commemorate the 45th anniversary of Vietnam-Cambodia relations.... [read more]

Leaders push for stronger Vietnam-Cambodia ties Cambodian King’s visit to boost ties with Vietnam Cambodia grateful to Vietnam: Defence Minister Tea Banh The agreement was signed by VOV Director General Nguyen Dang Tien and his RNK counterpart Tan Yan in Phnom Penh on September 24. Accordingly, the two sides will increase the exchange of news, reports and programs featuring each country’s political, socio-economic and cultural achievements in the cause of national construction and defence, contributing to strengthening the friendship and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries. They will have music and art programs broadcast on important events which take place in both countries. VOV will assist RNK in its planning to expand its air coverage over the whole territory. RNK Director General Tan Yan described the agreement as vivid proof of the friendship, solidarity and cooperation between the two radios, which helps strengthen Vietnam-Cambodia relations. VOV leader Nguyen Dang Tien expressed his strong belief in the prospect of effective cooperation between the two radios, which he said will promote Vietnam-Cambodia relationship. VOV, he said, was grateful for valuable support from the Cambodian government and relevant agencies for its setting up a representative office in Phnom Penh. During their working visit to Cambodia from September 21-25, the VOV delegation headed by Director General Nguyen Dang Tien was also received by Cambodian Minister of Information Khieu Khaharith.... [read more]

He extended best Tet wishes to embassy officials and staff in the Year of the Horse, and expressed his hope relevant Vietnamese agencies and localities will strengthen cooperation in various areas with Phnom Penh for mutual benefit. Ambassador Ngo Anh Dung acknowledged the governor and Phnom Penh people’s contributions to Vietnam-Cambodia relations. He assured the governor the embassy will do its utmost to speed up multifaceted cooperation programmes between Vietnamese localities and Phnom Penh, especially one between the two capitals. Japanese celebration More than 400 international friends, including Japanese politicians, government officials, and representatives of foreign embassies attended a get-together in Tokyo on January 28 at the Vietnamese Embassy’s headquarters celebrating the Tet holiday. Ambassador Doan Xuan Hung reviewed Vietnam’s major development achievements in 2013, and affirmed relations between Vietnam and Japan are faring well in all areas. He took this occasion to thank the government and people of Japan, as well as international friends for providing effective assistance to Vietnam in the past year. Filipino ambassador Manuel Lopez, representative of the diplomatic corps in Japan, and Takebe Tsutomu, special advisor to the Vietnam-Japan friendship parliamentary alliance, drank to a toast to the hosts, congratulating Vietnam on its increasing position in the region and the world and wishing stronger Japan-Vietnam relations in the future. The distinguished guests enjoyed a special art performance by Vietnamese embassy staff and sampled traditional Vietnamese dishes. Romania celebration The Vietnamese embassy hosted a Tet reception for Vietnamese residents in Bucharest on January 26. Ambassador Tran…... [read more]

Mr Nien said in 2005, Vietnam’s diplomacy was deeply marked by relations between Vietnam and its neighbours, particularly China. Leaders of the two countries made reciprocal visits to each other (the China visit by State President Tran Duc Luong in July 2005 and the Vietnam visit by Party leader and President Hu Jintao in November 2005). These high-level visits helped boost mutual understanding and confidence, as well as co-operation in various areas under the motto: “The friendly neighbourliness, comprehensive co-operation, long-term stability and future oriented thinking”. During these visits, the two countries signed more than 30 co-operative deals worth more than US$3 billion. They agreed to accelerate the demarcation and planting of border markers along the common borderline and strive to complete the work by 2008. They also agreed to actively implement the Bac Bo (Tonkin) Gulf boundary delineation agreement and fishery co-operation agreement, conduct joint patrols in the Gulf, and begin negotiations on the delineation of gulf estuaries. In 2005, Vietnam also conducted regular high-level exchange visits with Laos in the framework of the special traditional friendship and comprehensive co-operation between the two Parties and States. The two countries also organised exchanges between their ministries, sectors and localities to promote bilateral ties. Vietnam-Cambodia relations last year were marked by the Cambodia visit by Party leader Nong Duc Manh and the Vietnam visit by Prime Minister Hun Sen. The results of these visits helped bring bilateral ties to new heights under the motto: “Fine neighbourliness, traditional friendship, comprehensive co-operation and…... [read more]

Mr Dung noted that visit exchanges by senior leaders as well as leaders of ministries, sectors and border provinces of the two countries have helped promote mutual understanding and trust and cooperation for mutual benefit. He said the planting of the border marker at the Moc Bai-Ba Vet International Bordergate last month showed the two countries’ determination to complete the demarcation and planting of border markers along the common borderline by late 2008 as agreed upon by their top leaders. The Vietnamese Prime Minister proposed that the two countries make thorough preparations for a meeting of their border provinces and the upcoming meeting of the Vietnam-Cambodia Joint Committee. He urged the two countries to take measures to raise bilateral trade value to US$2 billion by 2010, get down to work on projects to plant and process rubber, explore mineral ores, launch air routes for tourism services and build hydro-electric power plants on the Se San River. Meanwhile, the Cambodian guest assured Mr Dung that Cambodia will speed up the implementation of agreements signed between the two sides. At a separate reception for the Cambodian Minister, Party General Secretary affirmed Vietnam’s consistent policy of attaching importance to developing the fine neighbourliness, traditional friendship and long-term, stable and comprehensive cooperation with Cambodia. Mr Manh expressed his belief that Cambodian people under the leadership of the Royal Government will obtain greater achievements in building Cambodia into a peaceful, neutralised, non-aligned and prosperous nation, while developing friendly relations with other countries, including its neighbours.…... [read more]

The visit is made after his official visit to Laos three weeks ago with a view to affirming Vietnam’s external relations policy which attaches great importance to boosting relations of neighbourliness and comprehensive cooperation with neighbouring and regional countries including Cambodia. The visit is of great significance as it coincides with the celebrations of the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and Cambodia. Over the past few years, Vietnam-Cambodia relations have developedpositively in both scale and depth under the motto of good neighbourliness, traditional friendship, comprehensive cooperation and long-standing durability. Export-import turnover between the two countries reached US$940 million in 2006, an increase of 35 percent from a year earlier and it is expected to hit US$2billion by 2010. President Triet is being accompanied by the Director of the Presidential Office Nguyen Van Chien, Minister of Industry Hoang Trung Hai, Deputy Ministers of Foreign Affairs, National Defence and Public Security, HCMCity leaders and 50 entrepreneurs.... [read more]

PM Dung made this statement while receiving Cambodian Permanent Deputy PM Men Sam An, who doubles as President of the Cambodia-Vietnam Friendship Association (CVFA), in Hanoi on November 3. The government leader noted with pleasure that Vietnam-Cambodia ties have grown fruitfully, especially in the fields of politics, diplomacy, economics and trade, despite the impact of the global economic crisis. The two nations have also cooperated smoothly in maintaining security, border demarcation and marker planting, mitigating damage caused by natural disasters and facilitating cooperative relations between border provinces, he said. PM Dung spoke highly of the efforts of both the CVFA and Men Sam An in beefing up their bilateral relationship, saying that the Vietnamese government will create favourable conditions for the two sides to cooperate effectively, not only at the central level, but also among local chapters. The PM asked the two associations to increase the dissemination of information about the time-honoured friendship amongst younger generations, and step up coordination at international forums, particularly in ASEAN and APEC. Regarding acts and statements made by Sam Rainsy - President of the Sam Rainsy Party (SRP), who recently uprooted six temporary poles for Marker 185 between Vietnam’s southern province of Long An and Cambodia’s Svay Rieng province - he proposed that the Cambodian government take due measures to deal with Rainsy’s acts of sabotage and not permit similar cases to occur, as they negatively affect the fine relations between the two nations. Having expressed delight at effective cooperation in economics, trade and…... [read more]

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