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Chile enjoys promising friendship with Việt Nam



Chilean ambassador Sergio Narea wrote to Việt Nam News on Chile’s Independence Day (September 18)

This September 18, Chile commemorates the 213th anniversary of its independence, a day Chileans celebrate every year.

Traditions blend with new trends as the Chilean spirit appears at its best. Colourful costumes, cultural expressions and cheerful music add the right atmosphere to public parties all over the country that lure families to enjoy our popular gastronomy while watching folklore shows. The festivities extend for a couple of days, which gives people a chance to have a good time in afonda or ramada (informal folklore restaurants), where people can listen and dance the national cueca. During the celebrations, nobody goes back home without having tried empanadas (meat pie), barbeque, wine, and chicha (a beverage made of apples or grapes) along with other popular food and drinks.

Cueca is the national dance of Chile. Photo Courtesy of the embassy 

Our communities abroad are also fond of celebrating the national day proudly, and we send a fraternal greeting to all Chileans, including men and women living today in Việt Nam.

This is also an appropriate time to highlight the relations between Chile and Viet Nam. The historical bonds between our countries have been driven by early and visionary decisions made by our leaders. Mutual respect and friendship continue to grow since the historic encounter of Dr. Salvador Allende and President Hồ Chí Minh in May 1969.

In March 1971, Chile became the second Latin American country to establish diplomatic relations with Viet Nam. Since 1990, we have witnessed a fluid exchange of visits by numerous public figures. Three Chilean presidents have visited Việt Nam so far, and when President Nguyễn Minh Triết visited Chile in 2007 our, relations were upgraded to “Comprehensive Partners”.

Since the Free Trade Agreement came into force in 2014, our bilateral trade has grown dramatically, up to US$1.8 billion in 2022, with a huge surplus (76%) for Việt Nam. Between 2010 and 2022, Chile doubled its exports by value while Việt Nam multiplied them by 13. Currently, Chile is Việt Nam’s fourth largest trading partner from Latin America and Việt Nam is Chile’s largest trading partner from ASEAN. We are confident that our bilateral trade will increase in amount and diversify of products. On February 22 of this year, Chile became a full member of the CPTPP, expanding horizons of opportunities and challenges.

As reliable partners we are permanently working for more bilateral and multilateral cooperation, noticeably in regional fora such as APEC, as well as in ASEAN, of which Chile is one of its Dialogue Partners. Moreover, Chile and Việt Nam are members of the UN Human Rights Council and look for ways for meaningful cooperation in this area, as well as ways to boost efforts for the empowerment of women in society.

Santiago, the capital of Chile, is surrounded by the impressive Andean mountains. Photo Courtesy of the embassy

Sustainability, decarbonisation of the economy, energy transition, and protection of the oceans can also be counted as common concerns to which we are committed. In the area of green energy, our country hopes to become a new global leading force in the field of green hydrogen based on competitive prices. Furthermore, Chile also hopes to contribute to the electromobility industry with its lithium exports, and its large reserves of this mineral. We hope the Vietnamese electromobility industry positively assesses Chilean advantages and investment opportunities in these areas.

To conclude, the 213th anniversary commemoration gives us the opportunity to send warm greetings to the people of Việt Nam, and to express our faith in a promising future and our trust in our solid bilateral friendship. VNS 


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Fashion model attends Mister Tourism World 2023



Fashion model and movie actor Nguyễn Quốc Trí of Đồng Tháp Province is representing Việt Nam at the Mister Tourism World 2023 in Brazil this week.  Photo courtesy of the organiser

HCM CITY — Fashion model and movie actor Nguyễn Quốc Trí is representing Việt Nam at the Mister Tourism World 2023 in Brazil this week. 

Trí stands at 1.80m, and 70kg in weight. Before being crowned as New Face of Television 2022 in HCM City, he worked as a flight attendant for Vietnam Airlines. 

He studied at the HCM City Open University. 

He works for Hồ Chí Minh Television and Voice of Hồ Chí Minh City. 

“I will introduce Việt Nam, its culture and lifestyle to the world through my performance at Mister Tourism World 2023,” said 28-year-old Trí, a resident of Đồng Tháp Province. 

For his performance, Trí will use traditional clothes by fashion designer Tuấn Hải. 

Mister Tourism World 2023 was first organised in 2016, one among three contests for men. The other two include Manhunt International and Mister International. 

Vietnamese representative Phạm Xuân Hiển was named the winner of the 2016 contest.

Last year, Phùng Phước Thịnh of HCM City won Mister Friendship and Best Talent at the pageant in the Philippines. 

Mister Tourism World 2023 will take place from November 29 to December 6 in Salvador da Bahia and Rio de Janeiro. Competitors from 40 countries and territories will be competing. — VNS


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Take part in ‘Charity Christmas Village’ to spread the spirit of sharing



HÀ NỘI —A Christmas event in Hà Nội is being held to support primary schools in the northern province of Ninh Bình.

To spread the spirit of sharing for a better life, ‘Christmas Village 2023’ hosted by the JW Marriott Hanoi during December 2&3, will help purchase solar water purifiers for primary schools in Nho Quan District, Ninh Bình Province.

Aiming to bring a meaningful and warm Christmas season to all people who are in need, the organiser will donate part of the ticket proceeds to help orphaned and disadvantaged children and women in Việt Nam with AFV, ActionAid, HopeBox, and Blue Dragon. A silent auction will take place on Saturday and Sunday to raise funds to support the community.

The Christmas Village will recreate a festive holiday season with many Christmas-themed booths. — Photo courtesy of JW Marriott Hanoi

At the Christmas village, guests can stroll down through the bustling stalls showcasing a vast array of domestic and international brands with many holiday season products such as handicrafts, decorations, toys, fashion, beauty among others.

Exciting outdoor activities such as a bouncy castle, Santa’s playground, statue painting and live performances will also take place throughout the two days.

Festival-goers can also enjoy delicious delights such as pastries, German sausages, crispy chicken, or Japanese grilled skewers from Kumihimo restaurant.

Part of the proceeds will help orphaned and disadvantaged children and women in Việt Nam. — Photo courtesy of JW Marriott Hanoi

Families can go on a picnic in the relaxing space of JW Lakeside Gardens, or enjoy drinks at the Beer Garden.

On Saturday evening, guests can immerse themselves in the magical moment as the entire hotel is lit up in sparkling lights and Christmas music at the Lighting Ceremony with the special presence of 31 underprivileged children from the Hữu Nghị Đống Đa School, with Santa Claus scheduled to make an appearance.

The entrance fee is VNĐ150,000 for adults, and 100,000 for children above 1.1-1.4 metres tall. Free for children below 1.1 metres tall. — VNS


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Korean and Việt Nam museums co-organise art exhibition



A work by artist Yoon Nam-woong. 

HÀ NỘI — Artists from South Korean Gwangju Museum have displayed their paintings at Việt Nam National Fine Arts Museum (VNFAM) for the first time. 

The exhibition entitled The Melody of Korean Art features seven artists including Lee Hyung-woo, Yoon Nam-woong, Lee In-sung, Kim Sung-nam, Pyo In-bu, Kim Byoung-taeg and Kim Chang-duk.

“The exhibition is a good chance for Vietnamese fine arts lovers to get to know Korean fine arts and have a chance to enjoy paintings by Korean artists in Hà Nội,” said Nguyễn Đức Kiên, deputy-director of VNFAM. “I believe that it will promote co-operation between the two museums in future to strengthen bilateral relationship between the two countries.”

Made in a wide range of materials including oil, lacquer, silk, ceramic and Korean traditional hanji paper, the works portray the beauty of Korean country, people and joy. 

Arist Lee Hyung-woo uses diverse colours to depict the daily life of Koreans. With generous brushstrokes and metaphorical and witty situations, the artist brings laughter to viewers. 

Yoon Nam-woong expresses human emotions through his honest and humorous works. He evokes joy and love of life by capturing life’s milestones with a humorous perspective, artistic freedom and idyllic rural images.

Lee In-sung’s paintings reflect images of human life. The artist recounts stories that could happen to anyone and emphasises its meaning through metaphorical expressions.

Visitors viewing works at the exhibition. 

Kim Sung-nam captures and expresses nature full of raw energy, rather than the familiar, peaceful and beautiful natural landscape from the usual human perspective.

Artist Pyo In-bu creates his works with hanji paper. His painting series entitled Memories of the Wind is a reflection of memories in life. 

Kim Chang-duk uses natural materials such as quartz, stone powder and natural colours to create unique ceramic paintings. The works deeply express the spirit and customs of Korea.

Artist Kim Byoung-taeg is the one who repeatedly uses red or blue for images of water, sea and mountains, which are considered the source of life. For him, nature carries many important symbols conveying messages of hope and healing in life.

Gwangju museum is a renowned cultural hub with a deep-rooted tradition of art. Since its opening in 1992, Gwangju Museum of Art has been a part of modern art history in Korea and gained ground as a cultural zone.

Gwangju museum director Gim Jun-gi speaks at the opening ceremony at Việt Nam Fine Arts Museum. VNS photos Nguyễn Bình

Gwangju museum plays an important role in connecting museums and artists around the world, organising exhibitions in many countries like China, Japan, Britain, Germany and the US,  according to the museum director Gim Jun-gi.

“The selected works displayed in Việt Nam contain the landscape of Korea and cheerful emotions of the people,” said Gim. “I want to popularise Korean art to the Vietnamese audience and I expect to have art exchanges between artists of the two countries.”

The exhibition runs until November 30 at 66 Nguyễn Thái Học Street. — VNS


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