Vietnam, Thailand call for early conclusion to code of conduct in disputed waters

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (L) shakes hands with his Thai counterpart Prayut Chan-ocha (Source: VNA) ​Bangkok (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his Thai counterpart Prayut Chan-ocha expressed their satisfaction at the strong development of Vietnam-Thailand cooperation over the past 41 years since they established diplomatic ties in August 1976, during their talks in Bangkok on August 17. The two PMs recognised that the bilateral relations have been stable and developed in all fields from politics and security to economy and socio-culture, especially after Vietnam and Thailand established a strategic partnership in 2013. To further the relationship in the coming time, they agreed to enhance all-level delegation exchanges and effectively implement cooperation mechanisms in addition to soon organising the third meeting of the joint committee on bilateral cooperation, the third foreign minister-level meeting, the third meeting of the joint committee on trade, and particularly the fourth joint cabinet meeting. [Vietnam aims for deeper relations with Thailand through PM’s visit] Both sides vowed efforts to raise bilateral trade to 20 billion USD by 2020 and support each other to become centres for investment and trade in the region. They agreed to foster rice-related cooperation and provide favourable conditions for Vietnamese and Thai rice to access each other’s market. PM Chan-o-cha affirmed that he will encourage Thai businesses to increase investment in fields critical to Vietnam’s development such as tourism, support industries, finance, banking, science-technology, and agro-fisheries. Both leaders stressed that security-defence …... [read more]

NDO/VNA – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his Thai counterpart Prayuth Chan-ocha expressed their satisfaction at the strong development of Vietnam-Thailand cooperation over the past 41 years since they established diplomatic ties in August 1976, during their talks in Bangkok on August 17. >>> Deepening Vietnam-Thailand strategic partnership The two PMs recognised that the bilateral relations have been stable and developed in all fields from politics and security to economy and socio-culture, especially after Vietnam and Thailand established a strategic partnership in 2013. To further the relationship in the coming time, they agreed to enhance all-level delegation exchanges and effectively implement cooperation mechanisms in addition to soon organising the third meeting of the joint committee on bilateral cooperation, the third foreign minister-level meeting, the third meeting of the joint committee on trade, and particularly the fourth joint cabinet meeting. Both sides vowed efforts to raise bilateral trade to US$20 billion by 2020 and support each other to become centres for investment and trade in the region. They agreed to foster rice-related cooperation and provide favourable conditions for Vietnamese and Thai rice to access each other’s market. PM Chan-o-cha affirmed that he will encourage Thai businesses to increase investment in fields critical to Vietnam’s development such as tourism, support industries, finance, banking, science-technology, and agro-fisheries. Both leaders stressed that security-defence cooperation is one of the pillar of the Vietnam-Thailand strategic partnership. The two countries will step up sharing defence-related viewpoints and policies while boosting collaboration…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his Thai counterpart Prayuth Chan-ocha expressed their satisfaction at the strong development of Vietnam-Thailand cooperation over the past 41 years since they established diplomatic ties in August 1976, during their talks in Bangkok on August 17. >>> Deepening Vietnam-Thailand strategic partnership The two PMs recognised that the bilateral relations have been stable and developed in all fields from politics and security to economy and socio-culture, especially after Vietnam and Thailand established a strategic partnership in 2013. To further the relationship in the coming time, they agreed to enhance all-level delegation exchanges and effectively implement cooperation mechanisms in addition to soon organising the third meeting of the joint committee on bilateral cooperation, the third foreign minister-level meeting, the third meeting of the joint committee on trade, and particularly the fourth joint cabinet meeting. Both sides vowed efforts to raise bilateral trade to US$20 billion by 2020 and support each other to become centres for investment and trade in the region. They agreed to foster rice-related cooperation and provide favourable conditions for Vietnamese and Thai rice to access each other’s market. PM Chan-o-cha affirmed that he will encourage Thai businesses to increase investment in fields critical to Vietnam’s development such as tourism, support industries, finance, banking, science-technology, and agro-fisheries. Both leaders stressed that security-defence cooperation is one of the pillar of the Vietnam-Thailand strategic partnership. The two countries will step up sharing defence-related viewpoints and policies while boosting collaboration…... [read more]

Vietnam has made substantive contributions to the success of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM 50) and related meetings held in the Philippines from August 4-8, according to Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung.  Senior officials from ASEAN member countries take photo at the celebration of the 50th founding anniversary of ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting (AMM 50)  Talking to the press following the event, the Deputy FM said Vietnam has worked closely with the Philippines as ASEAN Chair and other countries to put forward initiatives for implementing plans of actions, draft documents, strengthen ASEAN agencies and promote consensus, thus ensuring the success of the meetings and the bloc’s prestige.   As coordinator of ASEAN-India relations, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and India’s Minister of State for External Affairs V.K Singh co-chaired the ASEAN-India Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, which produced important outcomes, including the approval of the theme for the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit as “Shared Values, Common Destiny”.  The two sides also agreed to accelerate the signing of an MoU on the establishment of the ASEAN-India Centre; work together to draft the Delhi Declaration to mark the 25th anniversary of ASEAN-India ties; and pinpoint priority fields for bilateral cooperation in the time ahead, such as  connectivity, marine cooperation, terrorism combat and bio-diversity.  Regarding the East Sea issue, Vietnam has upheld the spirit of solidarity and a common voice of ASEAN to prevent different viewpoints from affecting the atmosphere of cooperation and outcomes of the meetings, while firmly…... [read more]

Talking to the press following the event, the Deputy FM said Vietnam has worked closely with the Philippines as ASEAN Chair and other countries to put forward initiatives for implementing plans of actions, draft documents, strengthen ASEAN agencies and promote consensus, thus ensuring the success of the meetings and the bloc’s prestige. As coordinator of ASEAN-India relations, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and India’s Minister of State for External Affairs V.K Singh co-chaired the ASEAN-India Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, which produced important outcomes, including the approval of the theme for the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit as “Shared Values, Common Destiny”. The two sides also agreed to accelerate the signing of an MoU on the establishment of the ASEAN-India Centre; work together to draft the Delhi Declaration to mark the 25th anniversary of ASEAN-India ties; and pinpoint priority fields for bilateral cooperation in the time ahead, such as connectivity, marine cooperation, terrorism combat and bio-diversity. Regarding the East Sea issue, Vietnam has upheld the spirit of solidarity and a common voice of ASEAN to prevent different viewpoints from affecting the atmosphere of cooperation and outcomes of the meetings, while firmly protecting the country’s interests.  Deputy FM Dung noted that together with many countries, Vietnam raised concerns about the situation in the East Sea, including activities of reclamation, construction and militarization, while calling for maintaining principles and stance regarding the East Sea already specified in ASEAN documents as well as agreed…... [read more]

Hanoi, August 9 (VNA) – Vietnam has made substantive contributions to the success of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM 50) and related meetings held in the Philippines from August 4-8, according to Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung.  Talking to the press following the event, the Deputy FM said Vietnam has worked closely with the Philippines as ASEAN Chair and other countries to put forward initiatives for implementing plans of actions, draft documents, strengthen ASEAN agencies and promote consensus, thus ensuring the success of the meetings and the bloc’s prestige.  As coordinator of ASEAN-India relations, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and India’s Minister of State for External Affairs V.K Singh co-chaired the ASEAN-India Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, which produced important outcomes, including the approval of the theme for the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit as “Shared Values, Common Destiny”. The two sides also agreed to accelerate the signing of a MoU on the establishment of the ASEAN-India Centre; work together to draft the Delhi Declaration to mark the 25th anniversary of ASEAN-India ties; and pinpoint priority fields for bilateral cooperation in the time ahead, such as connectivity, marine cooperation, terrorism combat and bio-diversity.  Regarding the East Sea issue, Vietnam has upheld the spirit of solidarity and a common voice of ASEAN to prevent different viewpoints from affecting the atmosphere of cooperation and outcomes of the meetings, while firmly protecting the country’s interests.  Deputy FM Dung noted that together with many countries,…... [read more]

Senior officials from ASEAN member countries take photo at the celebration of the 50th founding anniversary of ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting (AMM 50) (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam has made substantive contributions to the success of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM 50) and related meetings held in the Philippines from August 4-8, according to Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung. Talking to the press following the event, the Deputy FM said Vietnam has worked closely with the Philippines as ASEAN Chair and other countries to put forward initiatives for implementing plans of actions, draft documents, strengthen ASEAN agencies and promote consensus, thus ensuring the success of the meetings and the bloc’s prestige.     As coordinator of ASEAN-India relations, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and India’s Minister of State for External Affairs V.K Singh co-chaired the ASEAN-India Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, which produced important outcomes, including the approval of the theme for the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit as “Shared Values, Common Destiny”. The two sides also agreed to accelerate the signing of an MoU on the establishment of the ASEAN-India Centre; work together to draft the Delhi Declaration to mark the 25th anniversary of ASEAN-India ties; and pinpoint priority fields for bilateral cooperation in the time ahead, such as  connectivity, marine cooperation, terrorism combat and bio-diversity.   [AMM 50: FM Pham Binh Minh in bilateral meetings] Regarding the East Sea issue, Vietnam has upheld the spirit of solidarity and…... [read more]

Google's office building in Irvine, California. Photo by Reuters/Mike Blake. Memo author James Damore, 28, received jeers, cheers and a couple of job offers, while the debate raged on social media and some tech firms took steps to prevent similar episodes from embroiling their companies. Damore confirmed his dismissal from Alphabet Inc's Google on Monday, after he wrote a 10-page memo that said the company was hostile to conservative viewpoints and that women on average have more neuroticism. Many in Silicon Valley found his views, which argued that men in general may be biologically more suited to coding jobs than women, offensive and destructive. The manifesto was embraced by some, particularly on the political right, who branded him a brave truth-teller. The episode recalled past examples of the wide gulf between U.S. conservative activists and the tech sector. In 2014, Brendan Eich was forced out as Mozilla's chief executive after his opposition to gay marriage became public. Most technology executives held the opposite view, and tech companies often gave benefits to same-sex couples well before gay marriage was legalized. "Anyone who deviates from the talking points of the liberal left is shunned, shamed and forced out," Andrew Torba, chief executive of the social network Gab, said in an interview. Torba, whose company is popular among conservatives, said Damore could work for him. WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange, whose group released hacked emails that helped the campaign of Republican U.S. President Donald Trump, also offered Damore a job, writing on Twitter that…... [read more]

It is believed to be the first visit by a U.S. aircraft carrier since the Vietnam War ended in 1975. Vietnam has won the promise of a visit from a U.S. aircraft carrier and deeper defense cooperation from the U.S. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told Vietnamese counterpart Ngo Xuan Lich in Washington on Tuesday that a strong defense relationship was based on common interests that included freedom of navigation in the disputed South China Sea, which Vietnam calls the East Sea. "The Secretary welcomed Vietnam's engagement and growing leadership in the Asia-Pacific region," a statement from the Pentagon said. The defense ministers agreed on a visit by a U.S. aircraft carrier to Vietnam next year - the first such visit since the Vietnam War ended in 1975. President Donald Trump discussed the possibility of a carrier visit with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc when they met at the White House in May. The agreement was consistent with Vietnam's diplomatic strategy of being open to all countries, said Ha Hoang Hop, a Vietnamese political analyst who has advised the government. "Vietnam is not willing to compromise on issues of sovereignty and also makes its own preparations," he said. More than $3 trillion in cargo passes through the waterway every year. Australia, Japan and the U.S. urged Southeast Asia and China on Monday to ensure that a South China Sea code of conduct they have committed to draw up would be legally binding and said they strongly opposed "coercive…... [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]




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