Vietnam, Indonesia aim for deeper strategic partnership

NDO/VNA – General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam's Central Committee, Nguyen Phu Trong, met with the Speaker of Indonesia's Regional Representative Council Oesman Sapta Odang in Jakarta on August 22. The two sides agreed that Vietnam and Indonesia have long-standing relations and both are members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which allow the two countries to promote their relations. They stated that the deepening of the bilateral strategic partnership not only satisfies the benefits of their people, but also contributes to building an ASEAN of solidarity, unity and strength, thus promoting peace, stability and development in the region and beyond. They added that the development of cooperation between their State power agencies at central and local levels as well as groups of parliamentarians will help increase the operational efficiency of Vietnam's National Assembly and Indonesia’s legislative bodies. Both stated that this will also contribute to increasing political trust and reinforcing the bilateral friendship. Party leader Trong congratulated Indonesia on its achievements gained in recent years and highly valued the country’s growing position and prestige in the globe. The Indonesian Speaker pledged to make active contributions to enhancing the two nations’ multidimensional cooperative ties, including the experience exchanges in monitoring the government’s activities and boosting cooperation among localities such as Hanoi and Jakarta. ... [read more]

Vietnam, Indonesia aim for deeper strategic partnership

NDO/VNA – General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam’s Central Committee, Nguyen Phu Trong, met with the Speaker of Indonesia’s Regional Representative Council Oesman Sapta Odang in Jakarta on August 22. The two sides agreed that Vietnam and Indonesia have long-standing relations and both are members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which allow the two countries to promote their relations. They stated that the deepening of the bilateral strategic partnership not only satisfies the benefits of their people, but also contributes to building an ASEAN of solidarity, unity and strength, thus promoting peace, stability and development in the region and beyond. They added that the development of cooperation between their State power agencies at central and local levels as well as groups of parliamentarians will help increase the operational efficiency of Vietnam’s National Assembly and Indonesia’s legislative bodies. Both stated that this will also contribute to increasing political trust and reinforcing the bilateral friendship. Party leader Trong congratulated Indonesia on its achievements gained in recent years and highly valued the country’s growing position and prestige in the globe. The Indonesian Speaker pledged to make active contributions to enhancing the two nations’ multidimensional cooperative ties, including the experience exchanges in monitoring the government’s activities and boosting cooperation among localities such as Hanoi and Jakarta. ... [read more]

Vietnam's government has confirmed it has taken delivery of a batch of short-range ramjet supersonic cruise missiles from India. Foreign ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said at a press briefing on Thursday that Vietnam is developing defense cooperation with India to allow the country to pursue its defense policies. “The arms purchase is in line with Vietnam’s peaceful national defense policies aimed at protecting the country,” Hang said. She said the strategic comprehensive partnership between Vietnam and India is growing in various areas and contributing to peace, stability and development in the region and the world. The BrahMos missile was developed by Russia's NPO Mashinostroeyenia and India’s Defense Research and Development Organization. It is the world’s fastest anti-ship cruise missile in operation, traveling at speeds of 3,400-3,700 kilometers per hour. The three-ton missiles can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft or land. India has already supplied patrol vessels to Vietnam and has been providing military training, but the missiles are the first arms trade deal between the two countries. Details of the value of the deal have not been revealed. Vietnam is building up its military amid tensions in the disputed East Sea, which is known internationally as the South China Sea. The country has also ordered six Kilo-class diesel-electric submarines from Russia in a deal worth $2 billion. The latest arrived last January.... [read more]

Vietnam is developing defense cooperation with India to allow the country to pursue its defense policies, foreign ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said at a press briefing on Thursday. She was responding to question about Vietnam's purchase of a batch of short-range ramjet supersonic cruise missiles from India. Any arms purchase "is in line with Vietnam’s peaceful national defense policies aimed at protecting the country,” Hang said. She said the strategic comprehensive partnership between Vietnam and India is growing in various areas and contributing to peace, stability and development in the region and the world. The BrahMos missile was developed by Russia's NPO Mashinostroeyenia and India’s Defense Research and Development Organization. It is the world’s fastest anti-ship cruise missile in operation, traveling at speeds of 3,400-3,700 kilometers per hour. The three-ton missiles can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft or land. India has already supplied patrol vessels to Vietnam and has been providing military training, but the missiles are the first arms trade deal between the two countries. Vietnam is building up its military amid tensions in the disputed East Sea, which is known internationally as the South China Sea. The country has also ordered six Kilo-class diesel-electric submarines from Russia in a deal worth $2 billion. The latest arrived last January.... [read more]

NDO – The high-level delegation of the National Legislative Assembly of Thailand, led by its President Pornpetch Wichitcholchai and his wife, left Hanoi on August 16, successfully concluding their official visit to Vietnam, which took place from August 13 to 16, at the invitation of Chairwoman of the National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan. >>> Prime Minister welcomes Thailand’s top legislator >>> Vietnam, Thailand should keep mutual support at int’l parliamentary forums >>> Parliamentary friendship group hopes for stronger Vietnam-Thailand ties During his stay in Vietnam, Wichitcholchai held talks with NA Chairwoman Ngan, paid a courtesy visit to Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and met with the Vietnam-Thailand Parliamentary Friendship Group. At the meetings, both sides agreed that the relations between Vietnam and Thailand have been growing exceptionally over the past few years, manifested through the regular exchange of high-level delegations. They suggested that the specialised agencies of the two countries’ legislative bodies regularly supervise the implementation of the cooperative agreements reached by the two Governments, whilst maintaining the exchange of delegations at all levels. The two parliamentary friendship groups of both countries should strengthen their collaboration, the leaders stated, recommending that both sides support each other on issues of mutual concern at international and regional inter-parliamentary forums, thus contributing to peace, stability and development in the Asia-Pacific region. The two sides agreed to create more favourable conditions for the business communities of both countries to enhance exchanges towards boosting trade and investment, as well as to accelerate bilateral cooperation…... [read more]

Chairwoman of the National Assembly of Vietnam Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan (R) welcomes President of the National Legislative Assembly of Thailand Pornpetch Wichitcholchai on August 14 (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Lawmakers of Vietnam and Thailand should continue to share common viewpoints and support each other in issues of common concern at international and regional inter-parliamentary forums, thus contributing to peace, stability and development in Asia-Pacific. The remark was made during talks in Hanoi on August 14 between Chairwoman of the National Assembly (NA) of Vietnam Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan and President of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) of Thailand Pornpetch Wichitcholchai, who is on an official visit to Vietnam from August 13 to 16. The two sides noted the soundly developing relations between the countries, which can be seen through regular mutual visits by high-ranking delegations. Chairwoman Ngan affirmed Vietnam’s consistent policy of prioritising the strategic partnership with Thailand. She asked both sides to work more closely to effectively carry out the plan of action to implement their strategic partnership between 2014 and 2018, as well as important cooperation mechanisms such as the joint cabinet meeting, the political consultation, the high-level dialogue on security, and the dialogue on defence policy. The officials said to optimise the countries’ cooperation potential, specialised agencies of the two parliaments should closely supervise the Governments’ cooperation agreements and maintain delegation exchanges at all levels. The two parliamentary friendship groups also need to increase connections. Highlighting thriving trade…... [read more]

The following is the full translation of PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc's remarks on the occasion of the 50th founding anniversary of ASEAN. Ladies, gentlemen and friends - citizens of the ASEAN Community, On August 8, 2017, we, 630 million people of Southeast Asia, will officially welcome the “golden” time marking the 50th anniversary of establishment and development of ASEAN. From the first five member States, ASEAN has grown to be a Community with 10 member States that could master its own destiny and become increasingly politically mature and economically steady with more improved institutions and more cohesive relations. Together, we are proud of the ASEAN common house - a very successful model of regional connectivity. Throughout historical upheavals and far beyond initial expectations, ASEAN has turned Southeast Asia from confrontation to dialogue, from suspicion to cooperation, from disunity to solidarity, culminating in the formation of the ASEAN Community. Today, as the region of peace, security, stability and development, Southeast Asia is the bright point on the world map full of uncertainties. The ASEAN Community is the world’s 6th biggest economy with the annual GDP of nearly US$3 trillion. At the same time, ASEAN also features with diverse cultures and solidarity of the nations co-existing in peace with guaranteed social security and increasingly improved living standards. In terms of external relations, including relations with powers, ASEAN has always been active in dialogue and cooperation, playing as the leading force of the regional…... [read more]

National flags of ASEAN member states (Source: Internet) Manila, (VNA) – A grand ceremony took place at the Philippine International Convention Centre in Manila on August 8 to celebrate the 50th founding anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The event was attended by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, ASEAN Secretary General Le Luong Minh, and Foreign Ministers from 10 member states and the bloc’s partner and dialogue countries. The Vietnamese delegation was led by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh. With the theme “Under one light, we are one ASEAN”, the ceremony included a series of performances praising the friendship and solidarity of the 10 member states. Participants also paid tribute to the founders of ASEAN and honoured ASEAN citizens who have made great contributions to its socio-economic development. Speaking at the ceremony, Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alan Peter Cayetano emphasised that after 50 years, ASEAN has risen to be a prestigious regional association and a trusted partner of many countries. It has led its member states to overcome a lot of challenges, in which solidarity and consensus are the key factors to help the bloc maintain peace and stability and develop a prosperous and people-centred community, he added. In his message delivered at the ceremony, Duterte reaffirmed the importance of ASEAN over the past five decades, hoping the community will continue growing sustainably. In the period, the role and position of…... [read more]

Manila, August 8 (VNA) –Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh has stressed the need for ASEAN+3 (ASEAN and China, the Republic of Korea and Japan), the East Asia Summit (EAS) and the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) to promote cooperation on the basis of ensuring ASEAN’s central role. The move aims to contribute to tackling regional security challenges and tightening connectivity in the region, the official said at the 18th ASEAN+3 Foreign Ministers Meeting and the seventh EAS Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Manila, the Philippines, on August 7. The events took place as part of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and related meetings. Applauding progress the ten-member group and its partners have made, FM Minh called on the partners to continue helping ASEAN achieve goals towards building the ASEAN Community 2025. Regarding future cooperation, he suggested ASEAN+3 focus on trade, finance and intensifying capacity and regional connectivity, prioritising the development of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises. At the EAS Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, Minh said ASEAN should carry forward its central role and consider maritime affiliation a new cooperation priority of the EAS. At the 18th ASEAN+3 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, the delegates said ASEAN+3 has become a dynamic and effective cooperation framework, contributing to peace, stability and development in East Asia. They lauded ASEAN+3’s recent fruitful collaboration, especially in implementing the ASEAN Working Plan for 2013-2017 and action plans on the recommendations of the East Asia Vision Group II. …... [read more]

After admitting Brunei (1984), Vietnam (1995), Laos and Myanmar (1997), ASEAN included Cambodia in 1999 to form the ten-member bloc. December 31, 2015 was a milestone in the history of ASEAN as the ASEAN Community was established, serving as an important hallmark in the regional connectivity. The ASEAN Community has been the first of its kind formed in Asia. Overcoming various challenges over the past 50 years, ASEAN has become the most successful regional cooperation bloc. From a five-member association born in the conflicting situation of the Cold War, ASEAN expanded and grew into a close-knit community of ten countries in the Southeast Asian region. From a region of conflicts and tensions, Southeast Asia has become a region of peace, stability and development with the connectivity and cooperation promotion of ASEAN. From countries diversified in various aspects, the ten nations have become members of the unified ASEAN Community, whose practices of dialogue, consensus, and cooperation in dealing with shared problems of the region have increasingly been strengthened. From a sub-regional cooperation mechanism, ASEAN has grown into an association with the “core” and “central” role among cooperation mechanisms in the Asia-Pacific region, gathering the engagement of major powers and other countries in the region and the world as well as other international organizations with high commitments to peace, stability, and cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region. These achievements have not only demonstrated the righteousness of the path that ASEAN has been steadily embarking on for…... [read more]


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