Myanmar calls for ethnic groups’ efforts to restore peace in Rakhine

Andrew Sheng* Those of us who witnessed the founding of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) in August 1967 could not have imagined how much was achieved in the last 50 years. ASEAN was born literally out of the ashes of colonialism and the Việt Nam War. It started as a security pact, but gradually evolved into an economic and financial community that is not yet a cultural common, mainly because of its celebrated diversity. Today, Asean comprises 10 countries, covering a land area of 4.4 million square kilometres, 3 per cent of global total, with over 625 million population or just under 9 per cent of the world population. Its combined nominal GDP is already over US$2.8 trillion and if counted as a single entity, it would rank 6th in the world, behind the US, China, Japan, India and Germany. The region is geographically blessed, located within the fastest growth zone in the world, with natural maritime access to India (growing over 7 per cent), China (6.5 per cent) and global markets as a hub of the global supply chain. Within ASEAN, the younger countries (Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos) are growing over 7 per annum, whereas the members with over 100 million population (Indonesia, Philippines and Việt Nam) are all growing 5-6 per cent.The ASEAN+3 (China plus Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea) grouping is expected to grow around 5 per cent per annum in 2017-8, buoyed by domestic consumption, despite some…... [read more]

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong visits MyTel headquarters in Yangon, Myanmar (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The freshly-ended visits to Indonesia and Myanmar of Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong marked a new milestone and created a new momentum for reinforcing political trust and boosting all-round cooperation between Vietnam and the two countries, said Hoang Binh Quan, head of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for External Relations. Quan said that the visits, following the July visit of the Party leader to another ASEAN member of Cambodia, affirmed Vietnam’s external policy of highly valuing neighbouring and regional countries as well as the ASEAN, said Quan. The Party chief’s visit to Indonesia was the first made by a Party leader after the visit by late President Ho Chi Minh as a State leader in 1959. It aimed to beef up the bilateral strategic partnership and political trust, friendship and cooperation, marking new progress in the Vietnam-Indonesia relations. Meanwhile, the leader’s State visit to Myanmar aimed to bring the bilateral ties to a new height. The two sides officially set up their comprehensive cooperative partnership, noted Quan. He said that the Party leader’s visits were successful with all set targets completed. During the two-day stay in Indonesia, he had 17 meetings and working sessions with Indonesian leaders, during which the two sides reached common perspectives on major orientations to bolster bilateral partnership. They declared that Vietnam and Indonesia will continue to be trustworthy friends…... [read more]

NDO - The official visit to the Republic of Indonesia and the State visit to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, made at the invitation of Indonesian President Jiko Widodo and Myanmar’s President Htin Kyaw, by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and a high-ranking Vietnamese delegation have concluded successfully. Taking place on the occasion of Vietnam and the Southeast Asian countries celebrating the 50th anniversary of the establishment of ASEAN, whilst Vietnam, Indonesia and Myanmar are at a critical period of economic and social development, the official visits to Indonesia and Myanmar, made by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, mark historical milestones in the relations between Vietnam and Indonesia and with Myanmar. As the countries are witnessing an international and regional situation that is changing rapidly and in a complicated manner the visits have brought the relationship between Vietnam and the two countries into a new chapter, continuing to develop appropriately in the context of the new situation. The two visits demonstrate that Vietnam continues to affirm the foreign policy of the Party and State, in which they attach great importance to the friendship and cooperation with other countries in the region, especially the ASEAN countries. The leaders and people of Indonesia and Myanmar have given Party Secretary General Nguyen Phu Trong and the high-ranking Vietnamese delegation a warm and friendly welcome with the highest reception protocol, showing the friendly relationship between the two countries and Vietnam. On the basis of the time-honoured friendship and…... [read more]

Beijing (VNA) – China and Indonesia on August 22 held the sixth vice-premier-level dialogue in Beijing, pledging to foster comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries. The dialogue was co-chaired by China’s State Councillor Yang Jiechi and Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Wiranto. Yang urged the two sides to implement agreements reached by their leaders. He said relations between China and Indonesia have developed rapidly and the two countries have maintained frequent high-level visits while expanding cooperation in various fields. China is willing to work with Indonesia to integrate development strategies and enhance cooperation, he added. Indonesian Minister Wiranto said his country regards China as a strategic partner in the Asia-Pacific region and is ready to work with China to promote bilateral ties. At the dialogue, both sides agreed to maintain high-level visits and communication on key issues, connect development strategies and promote cooperation under the Belt and Road initiative. They also agreed to deepen cooperation in national defence, law enforcement, anti-terrorism, drug control, cyberspace, aerospace and maritime affairs. China and Indonesia agreed to maintain peace and stability in the East Sea, push forward East Asia cooperation, promote China-ASEAN ties as well as coordinate more in multilateral mechanisms.-VNA... [read more]

At a meeting with Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Home Affairs Krolahom Sar Kheng in Hanoi on August 17, PM Phuc held that amid rapid developments of the world and regional situation, the public security forces of Vietnam and Cambodia should continue working closely to effectively implement agreements reached by senior leaders of the two nations on ensuring political security, and social order and safety in each country. The two sides should coordinate to foil all schemes that are aimed at driving a wedge between Vietnam and Cambodia and undermining their friendship and solidarity, he said, urging the forces to promote the efficiency of existing cooperation mechanisms and support each other at international and multilateral forums. PM Phuc also proposed both sides create favourable conditions for Vietnamese and Cambodian nationals to settle down in each other country, suggesting that Cambodian authorities continue taking suitable measures to ensure legitimate rights of overseas Vietnamese in Cambodia. For his part, Krolahom Sar Kheng said that his visit is part of activities to mark the 50th anniversary of Vietnam-Cambodia diplomatic ties and the 72nd traditional day of the People’s Public Security Force of Vietnam, which serve as an opportunity to strengthen cooperative relations between the two countries in general and the public security forces in particular. He highlighted the efforts made by Cambodia’s Ministry of Home Affairs in conducting agreements of the two countries in fighting crimes in border areas, thus…... [read more]

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc welcomes Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Home Affairs Krolahom Sar Kheng in Hanoi (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) - Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has spoke highly of the close and effective cooperation between public security forces of Vietnam and Cambodia in preventing and combating crimes, especially crimes related to national security, drugs, economic activities, cyber crimes and human trafficking. At a meeting with Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Home Affairs Krolahom Sar Kheng in Hanoi on August 17, PM Phuc held that amid rapid developments of the world and regional situation, the public security forces of Vietnam and Cambodia should continue working closely to effectively implement agreements reached by senior leaders of the two nations on ensuring political security, and social order and safety in each country. The two sides should coordinate to foil all schemes that are aimed at driving a wedge between Vietnam and Cambodia and undermining their friendship and solidarity, he said, urging the forces to promote the efficiency of existing cooperation mechanisms and support each other at international and multilateral forums. PM Phuc also proposed both sides create favourable conditions for Vietnamese and Cambodian nationals to settle down in each other country, suggesting that Cambodian authorities continue taking suitable measures to ensure legitimate rights of overseas Vietnamese in Cambodia. For his part, Krolahom Sar Kheng said that his visit is part of activities to mark the 50th anniversary of Vietnam-Cambodia diplomatic ties…... [read more]

NDO – Vietnam consistently fosters solidarity, close bonds and comprehensive cooperation with the Lao Party, State, Government and people, aiming to further accelerate bilateral cooperative relations between the two countries, for the benefits of their peoples, thus contributing actively to peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and around the world, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has stated. Addressing a reception for Lao Minister of Public Security Somkeo Silavong in Hanoi on August 17, the PM warmly welcomed the Lao guest to officially visit Vietnam and attend exchange activities with the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security, on the occasion of the Vietnam-Laos Solidarity and Friendship Year 2017. He congratulated the Lao Party, Government and people on their significant achievements attained over the past few years, whilst affirming that Vietnam always treasures the fine sentiments and support offered by Laos towards Vietnam during the country’s past struggle for national independence and its current cause of national construction and development. Vietnam values and wishes to strengthen the friendly relations and solidarity between the three Indochinese countries, including Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, he stated, hailing the Vietnam-Laos relations as being special, and rare in the world. The PM suggested that the two public security forces must work together to thwart all plots by hostile forces to undermine the special Vietnam-Laos solidarity, calling for joint efforts to fight crime and build a shared borderline of peace, friendship, stability and comprehensive development. Lao Minister of Public Security Somkeo Silavong stated that his visit…... [read more]

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen (R) receives Chairman of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee Tran Thanh Man on August 14 (Photo: VNA) Phnom Penh (VNA) – Leaders of Cambodia hailed their country’s relations with Vietnam during separate meetings with Chairman of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee Tran Thanh Man in Phnom Penh on August 14. President of the Cambodian Senate and Vice President of the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) Sai Chhum said amid the 50th founding anniversary of the two countries’ diplomatic ties, Man’s official visit to Cambodia from August 13 to 17 is a great contribution to their good neighbourliness, traditional friendship, comprehensive cooperation and long-term sustainability. On behalf of the Cambodian people, he thanked Vietnam for helping his country to re-gain peace and justice in different stages of history during which the cooperation between the Solidarity Front for Development of Cambodian Motherland (SFDCM) and the VFF helped promote the two nations’ unity and mutual support. The connection and active cooperation between the Cambodian and Vietnamese governments and people have helped ensure peace and stability in their respective countries while building peace in the region and the world, he noted. Sai Chhum stressed that the Cambodian Senate and Government always support the completion of the two countries’ border demarcation and border marker planting, 84 percent of which has finished. The completion will leave precious heritages for generations of Vietnamese and Cambodian people. At another meeting, President of the National Assembly of…... [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]

Vietnamese Ambassador to the Philippines Tran Quoc Hai (first, right) and other ambassadors at the ceremony (Source: VNA)     Hanoi (VNA) – The 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was observed across the world on August 8 with the participation of diplomats from ASEAN member states. The Patousai Arch of Laos was lit up on August 8 to mark ASEAN’s 50th birthday and 20 years since the country joined the ten-member group, attracting 200 officials in charge of ASEAN affairs of Lao ministries and agencies and representatives of embassies in Laos, among others. This is part of the ASEAN Landmark Lighting event, an initiative of the Philippines - ASEAN Chair 2017 - aiming to raise public awareness of ASEAN.  Major sites in ASEAN member countries were lit up red, blue and yellow or decorated with the bloc’s icon. Addressing the lighting ceremony, Minister to the Prime Minister’s Office Alounkeo Kittikhoun said ASEAN has focused on intensifying regional connectivity and building the ASEAN Community, which officially took shape on December 31, 2015. At the same time, ASEAN has stepped up ties with foreign countries and expanded dialogues with world powers through ASEAN-initiated mechanisms, helping enhance mutual understanding and strategic trust, and create peace, stability and cooperation, for the development of the region and the world, he said. The minister said over the past two decades, ASEAN has become an important pillar in Laos’…... [read more]




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