Vietnamese, Cuban youths pledge to tighten ties

Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak (Photo: Southeast Asia Globe) Kuala Lumpur (VNA) – The operation method of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has brought stability and prosperity to the entire region, said Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak at a ceremony in Kuala Lumpur on August 14 to celebrate the bloc’s 50th founding anniversary. PM Razak said ASEAN member nations have maintained friendly ties and mad decisions based on the spirit of consensus and respect for sovereignty of each country. The ASEAN nations have united together but have not interfered in each other’s internal affairs, he stated, adding that the bloc is now recognised as a primary driving force in the regional political, security and economic architecture, under which major powers negotiate and discuss important issues through the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) and the East Asia Summit (EAS). The Malaysian PM went on to say that ASEAN is leading and driving forward the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), which would bring new opportunities to nearly half of the world’s population and presents 30 percent of the global Gross Domestic Product (GDP). With a combined GDP of 2.6 trillion USD, ASEAN is the world's sixth largest economy, and is projected to become the fourth largest economy in the world by 2030 at the latest, with some estimating the region will reach that position by 2030, he noted. Mentioning the ASEAN Community, PM Razak said ASEAN works towards a community that is politically cohesive, economically…... [read more]

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) receives visiting President of the National Legislative Assembly of Thailand Pornpetch Wichitcholchai (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The official visit to Thailand by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc from August 17-19 is expected to deepen the two countries’ relations in various fields such as politics, security, defence, economics and trade. Vietnam and Thailand established diplomatic ties in 1976. Since 1991, the bilateral rapports have strongly developed, especially after Vietnam’s engagement in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 1995. Particularly, Vietnam and Thailand elevated their relations to “strategic partnership” during the visit to Thailand by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong in June 2013, becoming the first two nations in ASEAN to set up “strategic partnership”.   [Prime Minister welcomes Thailand’s top legislator] The two countries later signed an action programme to implement their strategic partnership in the 2014-2018 period on the occasion of the official visit to Vietnam by Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha in November 2014. Through regular delegation exchanges, Vietnam and Thailand have approved and carried out a number of bilateral cooperation mechanisms, notably the joint cabinet meeting, the joint committee on bilateral cooperation, and the deputy foreign ministerial-level political consultation. Given the establishment of the ASEAN Community in December 2015, the countries’ leaders agreed to enhance coordination to strengthen ASEAN solidarity and cooperation as well as promote the central role of the bloc in addressing regional and global issues. Trade and investment…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc stated that cooperation with Tokyo Gas Co Ltd is very important as oil and gas cooperation is one of the top priorities in Vietnam-Japan economic ties. He called on Tokyo Gas to run long-term business in Vietnam during his reception for the company’s President Michiaki Hirose in Hanoi on August 15. The leader noted that the Vietnamese Government always pays attention to and protects legitimate rights of foreign investors. He also highlighted that the Vietnamese Government’s views on developing the gas industry comprehensively and effectively by maximizing domestic resources and intensifying international cooperation. He lauded Tokyo Gas’s opening of its representative office in Vietnam and congratulated the company and PetroVietnam Gas Joint Stock Corporation (PV Gas) on the establishment of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) joint venture in Vietnam. Emphasing the large demand for environmentally friendly LNG in Vietnam and many other countries, PM Phuc expressed his belief that with good partners and with a favourable business environment, Tokyo Gas will gain successes in Vietnam. He suggested that Tokyo Gas should have working sessions with PV Gas and the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade if the company encounters any difficulty while investing in LNG, especially the Thi Vai LNG warehouse project in Cai Mep Industrial Zone in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau. In reply, Michiaki Hirose stated that both Vietnam and Japan have favorable conditions to develop the LNG market. Vietnam is an…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – General Secretary of the Vietnam National Assembly (NA) Nguyen Hanh Phuc on August 15 held talks with General Secretary of the Office of the Mongolian Parliament Tsend Tsolmon who is on a working visit to Vietnam from August 14-18. At the meeting, General Secretary of the Vietnam National Assembly (NA) Nguyen Hanh Phuc stated that the Vietnamese NA appreciated Tsend Tsolmon’s visit to Vietnam, expressing his belief that it will help advance collaboration between the two legislative bodies and their Offices in a more pragmatic and effective fashion. Tsend Tsolmon highlighted the fruitful relationship between the two law-making bodies, of which, he noted, has been demonstrated through the regular exchange of delegations. The guest expressed his wish that the two sides will share experience to promote relations between the two legislative bodies as well as their Offices. At the meeting, host and guest held that Vietnam and Mongolia boasted long-standing friendship and cooperation, which have been strengthened over the past six decades. They highly valued cooperation agreements reached by the two legislative bodies and supported the enhancement of cooperation between the parliamentarians’ groups of the two countries. They agreed to increase the exchanges of delegations between leaders of the two Offices annually in order to share experience and seek ways to boost bilateral cooperation in different periods of time. ... [read more]

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong has signed the first-ever regulations on specific standards and assessment criteria for officials under the management of the Party Central Committee, Politburo and Secretariat. Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong Under Regulation 90-QD/TW, Party senior officials must show absolute loyalty to the Party, nation and people, and steadfast trust in the Marxist-Leninist ideology, Ho Chi Minh thoughts and the ideal of national independence and socialism. The officials are required to always put the interests of the Party, the nation and the people first, and must be willing to sacrifice for the Party’s revolution, the country’s independence and freedom as well as people’s happiness.  The officials must set examples for others in morality, lifestyle and attitude, while resolutely fighting against degradation in political ideology as well as signs of self-evolution and self-transformation.  The regulations emphasise that the officials must not have greed for power, and must prevent their relatives or friends from taking advantage of their positions for personal interests.   In terms of personal capacity and prestige, officials holding high positions should have innovative mindset, strategic vision and scientific working methods and political sensitivity, along with strong capacity in leading, directing and organising the effective implementation of Party and State’s policies and laws. They must be dynamic and hardworking, and have high prestige among Party members and the people. Besides general regulations, the Politburo also stipulates detailed standards for specific positions, including Party General Secretary, the President, the Prime Minister, the National Assembly Chairperson,…... [read more]

Thousands will cheer at the Wagah border crossing this week as the two countries celebrate the anniversaries of their independence, when British India was carved into two nations. The upheaval that followed left at least one million dead in a brutal migration that took millions of Muslims to Pakistan and millions of Hindus to India. But all these years after the trauma of Partition, they have not agreed a border, nor their history -- Pakistan marks independence on August 14 each year, India one day later. And the killing goes on. Wagah, near Amritsar, is the only functioning border post between the rivals. The flag ceremony there draws crowds of up to 20,000 each day. There is wild applause as pumped-up troops, their eyes bulging, perform a stamping march toward the border gates at sundown. The flags are lowered, a soldier from each side shakes hands with a forced smile and the gates close. Fists occasionally fly between Indian and Pakistani soldiers during the ceremony, but there is worse along the border. Kashmir, divided between the rivals and claimed by both, is on a permanent conflict alert with near daily clashes and shelling across the Line of Control (LoC), the official name of the disputed frontier. A woman relative of 28-year-old Muhammad Haseeb was killed as she worked in a field in the Nakyal sector on the Pakistani side just days before the partition anniversary. "We don't know when we will become the victim of a bullet," he said.…... [read more]

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong has signed the first-ever regulations on specific standards and assessment criteria for officials under the management of the Party Central Committee, Politburo and Secretariat. Under Regulation 90-QD/TW, Party senior officials must show absolute loyalty to the Party, nation and people, and steadfast trust in the Marxist-Leninist ideology, Ho Chi Minh thoughts and the ideal of national independence and socialism. The officials are required to always put the interests of the Party, the nation and the people first, and must be willing to sacrifice for the Party’s revolution, the country’s independence and freedom as well as people’s happiness. The officials must set examples for others in morality, lifestyle and attitude, while resolutely fighting against degradation in political ideology as well as signs of self-evolution and self-transformation. The regulations emphasise that the officials must not have greed for power, and must prevent their relatives or friends from taking advantage of their positions for personal interests.  In terms of personal capacity and prestige, officials holding high positions should have innovative mindset, strategic vision and scientific working methods and political sensitivity, along with strong capacity in leading, directing and organising the effective implementation of Party and State’s policies and laws. They must be dynamic and hardworking, and have high prestige among Party members and the people. Besides general regulations, the Politburo also stipulates detailed standards for…... [read more]

The violent protests that left a woman dead in Charlottesville, Virginia shocked many Americans with TV footage of an estimated 1,000 neo-Nazis and white supremacists, guarded by "militiamen" brandishing semi-automatic rifles and wearing body armor. Encouraged by President Donald Trump and buoyed by social media, a new generation of extremist startups has taken root, mostly created by angry young white men anxious to exploit fears of Latino immigration and radical Islam, the shrinking white share of the US population and the cultural shifts of globalization. Analysts say theses groups may have members in the tens of thousands and tacit supporters in the hundreds of thousands. They have supplanted the old hotbeds of racist, anti-government and fascist activism, including the notorious Ku Klux Klan, which has dwindled to a few thousand members. Until now, even with the alliance of powerful Trump advisor Steve Bannon, the so-called "alt-right" movement and its violent fringes has been deeply fragmented, unable to coalesce around common ideologies, goals and tactics. However, this could change. "They are acting in concert right now," said Spencer Sunshine of Political Research Associates, which specializes in research on right-wing groups. "The rising tide of Trump-ist racism is raising their boats." Sunshine pointed to the Charlottesville "Unite the Right" protests. Against multiculturalism  The alt-right rues the loss of an idealized American identity, espousing white nationalism and "traditional" euro-centric culture as the foundation of US culture. It rejects "multiculturalism" that gives more prominence to non-white groups and elevates the equal rights of…... [read more]

NDO/VNA - Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong has signed the first-ever regulations on specific standards and assessment criteria for officials under the management of the Party Central Committee, Politburo and Secretariat. Under Regulation 90-QD/TW, Party senior officials must show absolute loyalty to the Party, nation and people, and steadfast trust in the Marxist-Leninist ideology, Ho Chi Minh thoughts and the ideal of national independence and socialism. The officials are required to always put the interests of the Party, the nation, and the people first, and must be willing to sacrifice for the Party’s revolution, the country’s independence and freedom as well as people’s happiness. The officials must set examples for others in morality, lifestyle and attitude, while resolutely fighting against degradation in political ideology as well as signs of self-evolution and self-transformation. The regulations emphasised that the officials must not have greed for power, and must prevent their relatives or friends from taking advantage of their positions for personal interests. In terms of personal capacity and prestige, officials holding high positions should have an innovative mind set, strategic vision and scientific working methods and political sensitivity, along with strong capacity in leading, directing and organising the effective implementation of Party and State’s policies and laws. They must also be dynamic and hardworking, and have a high prestigious reputation among Party members and the people. Besides general regulations, the Politburo also stipulates detailed standards for specific positions, including Party General Secretary, the President, the Prime…... [read more]

NDO/VNA - Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong has signed the first-ever regulations on specific standards and assessment criteria for officials under the management of the Party Central Committee, Politburo and Secretariat. Under Regulation 90-QD/TW, Party senior officials must show absolute loyalty to the Party, nation and people, and steadfast trust in the Marxist-Leninist ideology, Ho Chi Minh thoughts and the ideal of national independence and socialism. The officials are required to always put the interests of the Party, the nation, and the people first, and must be willing to sacrifice for the Party’s revolution, the country’s independence and freedom as well as people’s happiness. The officials must set examples for others in morality, lifestyle and attitude, while resolutely fighting against degradation in political ideology as well as signs of self-evolution and self-transformation. The regulations emphasised that the officials must not have greed for power, and must prevent their relatives or friends from taking advantage of their positions for personal interests. In terms of personal capacity and prestige, officials holding high positions should have an innovative mind set, strategic vision and scientific working methods and political sensitivity, along with strong capacity in leading, directing and organising the effective implementation of Party and State’s policies and laws. They must also be dynamic and hardworking, and have a high prestigious reputation among Party members and the people. Besides general regulations, the Politburo also stipulates detailed standards for specific positions, including Party General Secretary, the President, the Prime…... [read more]




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