Prime Minister welcomes Thailand’s top legislator

The Vietnamese delegation has a working session with India’s Observer Research Foundation (ORF) representatives (Source: VNA)   New Delhi (VNA) – A delegation of the Centre for Indian Studies (CIS) under the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics (HCMA) is on a visit to India from August 6-18 to explore how soft power is used in the country. On August 9, the delegation visited India’s Observer Research Foundation (ORF) and engaged in a seminar on the India-Vietnam relations, under which the Indian side shared experience in promoting its soft power. The seminar was co-chaired by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Le Van Toan, CIS Director and Chairman of the HCMA’s Science Council, and Prof. Harsh V.Pant , Director of the ORF’s Strategic Studies Programme. Later the same day, the delegation visited the Centre for East Asia Studies (CEAS) under the School of International Studies of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). Toan, who led the delegation, and CEAS Director Prof. Dr. Srikanth Kondapalli discussed the possibility to enhance the two sides’ cooperation in research and training in the field of soft power promotion. They also talked about ways to enhance connectivity between scholars as well as learning exchange between Vietnam and India in general and the two centres in particular. On this occasion, Toan co-chaired a seminar with professors, lecturers, researchers and students of JNU. Apart from Delhi, the delegation is scheduled to make fact-finding trips to agencies…... [read more]

While M&A may be a new and strange activity to Vietnamese businesses, to Masan, it is simply a tool to be used for developing their long-term vision. RELATED CONTENTS: KKR closes $250 million investment in Masan Group Masan begins trading on UPCoM Masan to issue $300 million non-convertible bonds to foreign investors Masan, banks lift local stocks Stocks up after Masan reveals dividend plan Masan Consumer moves to get listed on UPCoM Masan submits offer for remaining stake in Nui Phao mine owner Almost two years ago, on December 25, 2015, Masan Group issued a press release on the M&A deal with Singha from Thailand. Among hundreds of M&A deals in 2015, this was the deal that pushed the value of the Vietnamese M&A market over the $5-billion mark for the first time. The fact that a foreign company invested $1.1 billion in a Vietnamese business, which was a record at the time and remains one of the largest deals the market has seen so far, deeply impressed the business community in Vietnam. However, the stellar value was not the only thing making this deal unique. This was the first time in Southeast Asia, and perhaps even in the world, that two giants in consumer products joined forces without the usual buyout. It should…... [read more]

NDO - Nhan Dan is introducing interviews with diplomats concerning the role of ASEAN and relations between ASEAN and its partners on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Chinese Ambassador to Vietnam Hong Xiaoyong: Bringing China-ASEAN relations to a new level Over the past 50 years, ASEAN has pursued independent, neutral and non-aligned foreign policy and has endeavoured to strengthen intra-regional solidarity and resolve regional disputes. ASEAN has sought to promote the Southeast Asia region from instability to stability, from antagonism to cooperation, from poverty to prosperity, thus becoming a model of cohesion and self-reliance among nations not of the same social regime and developmental status. In addition, the ASEAN Community was officially established in 2015. Amid the slow global economic recovery and the stronger "subterranean wave" of anti-globalisation, the strong development of ASEAN brings about positive energy to the process of regional integration and globalisation. ASEAN has established its central role in East Asian regional cooperation. ASEAN countries, China and other international and regional organisations have established dialogue partnerships and gradually formed a network of East Asian cooperation with the nucleus of ASEAN. Many regional cooperation mechanisms such as ASEAN+3, East Asia Summit, ASEAN Regional Forum and others have developed strongly and have promoted each other. As an important member of ASEAN, Vietnam has great development prospects. China always supports the process of building and connecting the ASEAN Community and hopes that the Vietnamese side will make positive and constructive…... [read more]

Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh backed the active role of Japan and the RoK in maintaining peace, stability and security in the region. Both nations consented to maintain the central role of ASEAN in the region and step up cooperation with the ASEAN member nations and partners to resolve effectively traditional and non-traditional regional security challenges based on international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). At a meeting with his Japanese counterpart Kono Taro, the two sides noted with satisfaction the positive developments in the bilateral extensive strategic partnership over the past time. In the first half of 2017, the countries’ leaders intensified exchanges, such as the visit to Vietnam by the Japanese Emperor and Empress in February and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in January, and the official visit to Japan by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in May. Apart from boosting cooperation in economics, trade and investment, Vietnam and Japan agreed to accelerate he implementation of investment documents signed between their businesses and expanded cooperation in culture, education, security, defense and people-to-people exchanges. Minh praised cooperation and support of Japan – the biggest provider of official development assistance (ODA) for Vietnam, adding that the Vietnamese Government always creates the best possible conditions for foreign enterprises, including those from Japan, to do business in Vietnam. Vietnam and Japan will coordinate to exchange future orientations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement.Meeting with RoK Foreign Minister Kang Kyung Wha, Minh highlighted the RoK as the…... [read more]

Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh meets with Japanese counterpart Kono Taro on the sidelines of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM 50) in Manila, the Philippines (Photo: VNA) Manila (VNA) – Japan and the Republic of Korea (RoK) expressed their commitments to supporting Vietnam’s initiatives in addressing regional security challenges on the sidelines of the ongoing 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM 50) on August 8. The two countries agreed to maintain the central role of ASEAN in the region and enhance cooperation with the ASEAN member nations and partners to resolve effectively traditional and non-traditional regional security challenges based on international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). Vietnam’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh supported the active role of Japan and the RoK in maintaining peace, stability and security in the region. At a meeting with his Japanese counterpart Kono Taro, the two sides showed their satisfaction at the positive developments in the bilateral extensive strategic partnership over the past time. In the first six months of 2017, the countries’ leaders increased exchanges, such as the visit to Vietnam by the Japanese Emperor and Empress in February and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in January, and the official visit to Japan by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in May. Apart from stepping up cooperation in economics, trade and investment, Vietnam and Japan agreed to boost the implementation of investment documents signed between…... [read more]

Vietnam successfully fulfilled its role as rotational Chairman of the ASEAN Committee in Paris (ACP) from April to July, according to Vietnamese Ambassador to France Nguyen Ngoc Son. Vietnamese Ambassador to France Nguyen Ngoc Son The diplomat, who chaired the group of the ASEAN ambassadors to France over the last four months, told Vietnam News Agency that the Vietnamese Embassy in France was proactive in reinforcing ASEAN’s relations with France. The embassy stepped up the ACP’s links with France through meetings with local Government members, parliamentarians, scholars and businesses, including French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian, Chairman of the French Senate’s Committee on Foreign Relations, Defence and Armed Forces Jean Pierre Raffarin, Executive Chairman of the French Institute of International Relations Thierry de Montbrial and executives of the EDF electricity group and Airbus. The Vietnamese Embassy also chaired and participated in events like the ASEAN Family Day so as to boost mutual understanding and solidarity among the staff of the ASEAN countries’ embassies in Paris, Son said. He noted his embassy chaired the ACP amid France’s presidential and legislative elections, along with preparations for marking the 50th founding anniversary of ASEAN such as the anniversary celebration, a workshop on ASEAN’s economy and an ASEAN film week in Paris. With those positive outcomes, ASEAN diplomats lauded Vietnam’s chairmanship of the ACP, Ambassador Son added. He said the Vietnamese Embassy will continue coordinating with the next ACP Chairman, the Bruneian Embassy, as well as other ACP members to…... [read more]

Vietnamese Ambassador to France Nguyen Ngoc Son (Photo: VNA) Paris (VNA) – Vietnam successfully fulfilled its role as rotational Chairman of the ASEAN Committee in Paris (ACP) from April to July, according to Vietnamese Ambassador to France Nguyen Ngoc Son. The diplomat, who chaired the group of the ASEAN ambassadors to France over the last four months, told Vietnam News Agency that the Vietnamese Embassy in France was proactive in reinforcing ASEAN’s relations with France. The embassy stepped up the ACP’s links with France through meetings with local Government members, parliamentarians, scholars and businesses, including French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian, Chairman of the French Senate’s Committee on Foreign Relations, Defence and Armed Forces Jean Pierre Raffarin, Executive Chairman of the French Institute of International Relations Thierry de Montbrial and executives of the EDF electricity group and Airbus. The Vietnamese Embassy also chaired and participated in events like the ASEAN Family Day so as to boost mutual understanding and solidarity among the staff of the ASEAN countries’ embassies in Paris, Son said. He noted his embassy chaired the ACP amid France’s presidential and legislative elections, along with preparations for marking the 50th founding anniversary of ASEAN such as the anniversary celebration, a workshop on ASEAN’s economy and an ASEAN film week in Paris. With those positive outcomes, ASEAN diplomats lauded Vietnam’s chairmanship of the ACP, Ambassador Son added. He said the Vietnamese Embassy will continue coordinating with the…... [read more]

Delegates cut the cake to celebrate Singapore's National Day (voh.com.vn)     HCM City (VNA) – The Vietnam-Singapore Friendship Association in Ho Chi Minh City (VSFA) and the HCM City Union of Friendship Organisations (HUFO)  on August 7 held a get-together to mark the 52nd anniversary of Singapore’s National Day (August 9). Addressing the event, VSFA President Nguyen Ngoc Hoa highlighted the fruitful traditional relations between Vietnam and Singapore, saying the two countries share many similarities in culture as well as concerns over national defence and security, peace and stability in the region and the East Sea as well. He also commented on successes of Singaporean businesses and investors in HCM City, which, he said, have demonstrated efforts made by the two countries’ governments to advance the bilateral ties. Singaporean firms in HCM City have also actively participated in social activities in the locality while joining hands in people-to-people exchanges, helping enhance mutual understanding between Vietnamese and Singaporean people and strengthen the bilateral relationship, he said. Leow Siu Lin, Singapore’s Consul General in HCM City, said the strategic partnership between the two countries has been intensified through the exchange of high-level visits of their leaders over the past time. The relationship is thriving across fields, especially in economy with the most noteworthy being seven Vietnam-Singapore industrial parks which are operating effectively in the Southeast Asian nation, she said. The diplomat also talked about the two countries’ cooperation…... [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]

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. (Photo: AFP/VNA) Beijing (VNA) – China put forward a seven-point proposal on China-ASEAN cooperation during a meeting between foreign ministers from ASEAN and China in Manila, the Philippines on August 6. At the meeting, the two sides expressed satisfaction with achievements in their strategic partnership during the last 15 years and agreed to deepen ties. In his remarks at the event, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi congratulated ASEAN on its 50th anniversary and expressed his delight at the bloc’s development, extending his best wishes for it in the next five decades. As an important regional organisation, ASEAN has become a major force in enhancing regional integration and maintaining regional peace and stability, Wang said. ASEAN has always been a priority in China’s foreign diplomacy, he noted, adding that China has consistently supported ASEAN in taking a central role in regional cooperation and a bigger role in dealing with international issues. As ASEAN and China will celebrate the 15th year of their strategic partnership next year, Wang urged for actions to upgrade the partnership to a higher level and build closer relations between the two sides. He outlined a seven-point proposal on bilateral cooperation in the future which firstly suggested formulating a 2030 Vision for ASEAN-China Strategic Partnership as a blueprint. The second point is to synergise the Belt and Road Initiative and the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity and further expand the cooperation’s scope. …... [read more]




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