US’s religious report gives wrong information about Vietnam

Vietnam has said it regretted to learn about accusations made by the German government that it “kidnapped” a former Vietnamese oil executive in Berlin to bring him home to face charges of financial malfeasance, saying further investigations are underway. Le Thi Thu Hang, a foreign ministry spokesperson, reiterated at a press briefing on Thursday that Trinh Xuan Thanh, who is accused of gross mismanagement at a subsidiary of national oil and gas giant PetroVietnam, had “turned himself in” to Vietnamese police on Monday after a 10-month international manhunt. A terse statement on the Ministry of Public Security's website, the only official source covering the case in Vietnam, did not reveal why and how Thanh had returned to Vietnam. Minister of Public Security To Lam previously told local media on Sunday that he had no information regarding the case. "Vietnam respects and wants to develop a strategic relationship with Germany," Hang said at the briefing. Germany's foreign ministry said Wednesday it was considering further action to an "unprecedented" breach of German and international law over what it called the abduction of Thanh. The German foreign ministry spokesman said the Vietnamese ambassador had been summoned on Tuesday afternoon and that the official representative of the Vietnamese intelligence service had been ordered to leave, Reuters reported. The ambassador had been told the German government demanded that Trinh Xuan Thanh be allowed to travel back to Germany immediately so his asylum application and a Vietnamese request for his extradition could be examined in full, the…... [read more]

Vietnam has said it regretted to learn about accusations made by the German government that it “kidnapped” a former Vietnamese oil executive in Berlin to bring him home to face charges of financial malfeasance, saying further investigations are underway. Le Thi Thu Hang, a foreign ministry spokesperson, reiterated at a press briefing on Thursday that Trinh Xuan Thanh, who is accused of gross mismanagement at a subsidiary of national oil and gas giant PetroVietnam, had “turned himself in” to Vietnamese police on Monday after a 10-month international manhunt. A terse statement on the Ministry of Public Security's website, the only official source covering the case in Vietnam, did not reveal why and how Thanh had returned to Vietnam. Minister of Public Security To Lam previously told local media on Sunday that he had no information regarding the case. "Vietnam respects and wants to develop a strategic relationship with Germany," Hang said at the briefing. Germany's foreign ministry said Wednesday it was considering further action to an "unprecedented" breach of German and international law over what it called the abduction of Thanh. The German foreign ministry spokesman said the Vietnamese ambassador had been summoned on Tuesday afternoon and that the official representative of the Vietnamese intelligence service had been ordered to leave, Reuters reported. The ambassador had been told the German government demanded that Trinh Xuan Thanh be allowed to travel back to Germany immediately so his asylum application and a Vietnamese request for his extradition could be examined in full, the…... [read more]

Vietnam has dismissed accusations made by the German government that it “kidnapped” a former Vietnamese oil executive in Berlin to bring him home to face charges of financial malfeasance, saying further investigations are underway. Le Thi Thu Hang, a foreign ministry spokesperson, said at a press briefing on Thursday that Vietnam regretted to learn about Germany's statement that Trinh Xuan Thanh, who is accused of gross mismanagement at a subsidiary of national oil and gas giant PetroVietnam, was “kidnapped” in Berlin on July 23.  "Vietnam respects and wants to develop a strategic relationship with Germany," Hang said. Hang reiterated that Thanh had “turned himself in” to Vietnamese police on Monday after a 10-month international manhunt. A terse statement on the Ministry of Public Security's website, the only official source covering the case in Vietnam, did not reveal why and how Thanh had returned to Vietnam. Minister of Public Security To Lam previously told local media on Sunday that he had no information regarding the case. Germany's foreign ministry said Wednesday it was considering further action to an "unprecedented" breach of German and international law over what it called the abduction of Thanh. The German foreign ministry spokesman said the Vietnamese ambassador had been summoned on Tuesday afternoon and that the official representative of the Vietnamese intelligence service had been ordered to leave, Reuters reported. The ambassador had been told the German Government demands that Trinh Xuan Thanh be allowed to travel back to Germany immediately his asylum application and a…... [read more]

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Luong Thanh Nghi made the statement in Hanoi on January 10, refuting China’s and Taiwan’s recent comments that the law would affect relations with a number of countries in the region. The Vietnam Sea Law makes clear that Vietnam peacefully settles all East Sea disputes according to the international law, especially the UNCLOS and relevant agreements and mechanisms, in efforts to maintain peace, stability, security and cooperation in the region, said Nghi. At the mid-year session, the National Assembly approved the Law on the Sea, governing Vietnam’s sovereignty over its sea and islands.... [read more]

The Vietnam Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosted an international press conference on developments in the East Sea in Hanoi on May 23, attended by Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Hai Binh, Deputy Head of National Boundary Commission Tran Duy Hai along with journalists from major media agencies like AFP, AP and NHK. At the press conference, Vietnamese representatives continued demanding China remove its Haiyang Shiyou – 981 oil rig and escort vessels out of Vietnam’s territorial waters to avoid affecting regional maritime security. Deputy National Boundary Commission Hai confirmed that Vietnam has sufficient legal and historical foundations affirming its sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa islands. This sovereignty is recognized by international law and faces no objection from other countries. Vietnam Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam) General Director Do Van Hau said oil and gas exploration and exploitation activities in the East Sea were carried out since late 1960s - early 1970s . Since then, Vietnam has controlled the 200 nautical mile limit of its exclusive economic zone. Consequently, the area where China had placed its oil rig belongs to Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone. Regarding a question in a diplomatic letter sent by former Prime Minister Pham Van Dong to China in 1958, Hai confirmed Dong’s letter is only a diplomatic document stating that Vietnam respects China's sovereignty within 12 nautical miles, absolutely not mention of China's sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagos. The value of the letter should be put in the specific context then Hoang Sa…... [read more]

The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs posted the article on its website to defend China’s sovereign claim over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and illegal operation of its floating drilling rig Haiyang Shiyou-981 in Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone and continental shelf. The story covers up the truth that China used force to illegally occupy Vietnam’s Paracel archipelago in 1974. It also avoids mentioning the so-called ‘nine-dash line’ which has been described as groundless by the international community in recent times. Together with incorrect and unconvincing arguments, the article attempts to defend its illegal placement of the oil rig in Vietnam’s continental shelf and even alleges that Vietnamese ships have disrupted the operation of the rig and rammed into Chinese vessels over 1,416 times. However, it did not dwell on the barbaric act that China committed when it intentionally sank a Vietnamese fishing boat on May 26, leaving behind fishermen in distress. At a regular press briefing in Beijing on June 5, reporters questioned China’s actions after Vietnamese media published a video footage showing Chinese ships chased and purposely rammed into Vietnamese boats, causing one of them to sink. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei could not provide an explicit explanation, saying it was an act of self-defence. In its article, China for the first time pledges to work with Vietnam to properly address the issue.... [read more]

Addressing a regular press briefing of the Foreign Ministry in Hanoi on March 13, Binh emphasized that Vietnam has maximized efforts in searching for the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared with 239 passengers and crew en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. The nation unhesitatingly mobilised financial and military resources to the effort, deploying rapidly its modernized naval and air forces in the immediate aftermath of the tragic event. "We will continue our efforts," he said. “We have now established a steering board in Phu Quoc island to further intensify and coordinate the search and rescue work,” Binh concluded. Maritime patrol aircraft investigates possible debris Vietnam has dispatched CASA aircraft to re-check areas where Chinese satellites showed objects that potentially could be debris from the missing Malaysian jet. On March 13, Vietnamese rescue forces resumed search efforts for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 after satellite images of possible debris in the East Sea were reported by China. Earlier, China's State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense announced the discovery of three suspected floating objects in sea area between Vietnam and Malaysia. Four Vietnamese planes were also deployed to suspected area to scouring for the lost jetliner with a focus on U Minh forest and the eastern part of southernmost Ca Mau province. He called for Malaysia to provide updated information on the case and actively cooperated with Vietnamese agencies in the hunt. On March 12, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of Vietnam People’s Army,…... [read more]

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Le Hai Binh made the statement at a regular press briefing in Hanoi on April 3. Binh said on December 31, 2013, the Vietnamese Embassy in Pakistan informed the ministry’s Consular Department about Pakistan’s arrest of Vu Gia Po, 36, a H’Mong ethnic person from Lung Lau village, Khau Vai commune, Meo Vac district, the northern mountainous province of Ha Giang. Po was detained for illegally entering Pakistan in October 2013 and taken to Athmuqam police station in Muzaffarabad district (Kashmir region controlled by Pakistan), the embassy quoted local police as saying. On receiving the news, the Consular Department actively coordinated with authorised agencies and localities to verify Po’s records and instructed the embassy to take measures to support him, Binh said. On March 21, 2014, the embassy said it has had a consular contact with Po at the Zila Nellum police office. The man said he is in good health and stable spirit, expressing his hope to soon return to Vietnam to be reunited with his family.... [read more]

The three victims, who also have Dutch nationality, were Nguyen Ngoc Minh (born September 15, 1977), and her two children: Dang Minh Chau (May 23, 1997), and Dang Quoc Huy (March 1, 2001). They were among 298 people aboard Malaysian Airlines MH17 plane from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur that was shot down on July 17 in Eastern Ukraine. Malaysian Airlines (MAS) on July 18 announced that three passengers of Vietnamese origin took MH17 plane from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, carrying Dutch passport. At an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on July 18, Vietnamese ambassador to the US Le Hoai Trung asked for an independent investigation into the case. Vietnam Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Hai Binh on July 18 also extended condolences to the governments, people and families of the victims.... [read more]

Vietnam Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Dzung said the 2005 Human Rights Report released by the US Department of State gave erroneous and unbiased comments on the human rights situation in Vietnam and the country flatly rejects these wrongful allegations. Mr Dzung made the remark in reply to reporters at a regular press briefing held by the ministry in Hanoi on March 9. Over the past years, the Vietnamese State has spared no effort to help people better enjoy human rights and has won plaudits from people at home and throughout the world. People are more and more actively engaged in social management process and openly express their opinions and aspirations at the important national events. Reality shows that Vietnamese people throughout the country are actively contributing their opinions to the draft reports for submission to the 10th National Party Congress. The Vietnamese State always respects and guarantees its citizens’ rights to belief and religious freedom and rights to freedom of non-belief and non-religion. The promulgation of many law-regulated documents has facilitated religious activities. There is no religious repression and racial discrimination treatment in Vietnam and no one is detained for his or her different political opinions or religious reasons. Only law-breakers will be punished in accordance to the Vietnamese law, Mr Dzung stressed. Due to differences in political systems, development levels, traditions and cultures, it is inevitable that there remain certain countries like Vietnam and the US, which still maintain different viewpoints and ways of addressing human rights issues. However,…... [read more]




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