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Nguyen Van Nen at a meeting where he was named candidate for the HCMC Party Secretary position, October 11, 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Huu Cong.

Former chief of the Party Central Office, Nguyen Van Nen, was elected Saturday as HCMC’s Party Committee Secretary for the 2020-2025 term.

Nen, a native of Tay Ninh Province that borders Ho Chi Minh City, received 100 percent of votes at the city’s four-day Party Congress, which began October 15 and will wrap up on Sunday.

Nen, 63, received a decision last Sunday to leave his seat as Chief of the Party Central Office, the Communist Party’s advisory agency, to join the Executive Committee and Standing Committee of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee.

Four new deputy secretaries were elected at the congress, including Tran Luu Quang, Standing Deputy Secretary of HCMC Party Committee, Nguyen Thanh Phong, HCMC Chairman, Nguyen Thi Le, Chairwoman of HCMC People’s Council, and Nguyen Ho Hai, head of Commission for Organization of HCMC Party Committee.

Under a decision released on Saturday afternoon, Nen’s predecessor Nguyen Thien Nhan was tasked by the Politburo, the Party’s decision-making body, to continue monitoring and directing the HCMC Party Committee until the end of the 13th National Party Congress, which is scheduled to take place in January 2021. Nhan has been HCMC’s Party chief since May 2017.

Nen, who holds a Bachelor of Laws degree, used to be Chairman of the Tay Ninh People’s Committee and later on Party Chief of Tay Ninh.

In July 2011, he became a member of the Party Central Committee and Deputy Head of the Steering Committee for the Central Highlands, and then Deputy Head of the Propaganda Department of the Central Party Committee.

In November 2013, he was appointed Minister, Chairman of the Government Office.

In January 2016, Nen was reelected to the Party Central Committee and then elected to the Secretariat of the Party Central Committee. A month later, he was assigned as chief of the Party Central Office.

HCMC, Vietnam’s southern metropolis, had achieved average economic growth of more than 7 percent annually in the past five years and contributed 26-27 percent of the country’s growth. The city’s labor productivity is 2.6 times higher than the national average.

Over the next five years, the city has set a target of achieving annual gross regional domestic product (GRDP) growth rate at 8 percent and GRDP per capita of $8,500 by 2025. Last year, the city’s GRDP per capita reached $6,862, according to official statistics.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/news/hcmc-gets-new-party-secretary-4178194.html

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US backs a strong, independent Vietnam: Pompeo

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US backs a strong, independent Vietnam: Pompeo

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) is with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh in Hanoi, October 30, 2020. Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has affirmed his nation’s continued support for a strong, prosperous, and independent Vietnam.

Meeting his Vietnamese counterpart Pham Binh Minh in Hanoi Friday, Pompeo said he appreciated the continuous strengthening and expanding of the two countries’ comprehensive partnership on the basis of respecting each other’s independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and political institutions.

The foreign affairs ministry said in a statement that Pompeo also affirmed the U.S.’s support for Vietnam to play an increasingly important role in the region.

He also said the U.S. was committed to maintaining stable relations and continuing to cooperate with Vietnam to ensure bilateral relations progress substantially, reliably, effectively and sustainably, making a positive contribution to security, peace, cooperation and development in the region and the world.

Foreign Minister Minh said that Vietnam highly values its comprehensive partnership with the U.S., as well as the two countries’ collaboration in organizing activities to celebrate the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations despite difficulties posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The minister thanked the U.S. for its support to Vietnam, which includes a sum of $2 million from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in responding to the pandemic and the flooding that ravaged the central region for three weeks since October 6.

During their talks, the two officials discussed measures to further promote bilateral relations, including resumption of regular delegation exchanges, humanitarian cooperation and confronting the legacies of war, as well as increasing bilateral trade and investment on the basis of mutual benefit.

“Our everyday interactions are highlighted by increasing trade and investment ties, strategic cooperation, and collaboration on humanitarian and legacy of war issues, including the solemn duty of accounting for our wartime missing,” Pompeo said.

Minh said both sides should effectively implement an action plan towards sustainable and harmonious balance of trade and emphasized the potential for further cooperation in the energy sector. He also said Vietnam was committed to creating a favorable investment and business environment for the long term success of American businesses in Vietnam.

He suggested the U.S. continues to support the central role and solidarity of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), thus promoting the ASEAN-U.S. strategic partnership.

Pompeo expessed high appreciation of Vietnam’s role as ASEAN Chair for 2020 and a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for the 2020-2021 term.

He expressed his wish that the two sides continue to strengthen coordination in handling common challenges, contributing to maintaining peace, stability, security and development in the region and around the world.

During his October 29-30 visit, Pompeo also met with PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Minister for Public Security To Lam.

The trip was made to “reaffirm the strength of our comprehensive partnership, celebrate the 25th anniversary of U.S.-Vietnam diplomatic relations, and discuss issues in the South China Sea and Mekong regions of mutual concern,” the U.S. Department of State said in a statement.

“We are committed to achieving fair and reciprocal trade with Vietnam, as well as an open investment climate, by reducing barriers to trade and advancing market-oriented reforms. Our collaborative work to ensure the free and fair flow of goods and investment between our two countries will result in mutual prosperity,” it said.

Vietnam and the U.S. officially normalized their relationship on July 11, 1995, 20 years after the end of the Vietnam War.

The former foes are comprehensive partners today, with bilateral trade increasing from $450 million in 1994 to $77 billion in 2019.

The U.S. is now Vietnam’s largest importer and Vietnam remains the U.S.’s fastest-growing market in Southeast Asia. Despite the adverse impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, bilateral trade value rose nearly 10 percent in the first half of this year.

Pompeo’s third visit to Vietnam is part of an itinerary that includes several Asian countries. He had previously attended the U.S.-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue in New Delhi, India, and visited Sri Lanka and Indonesia.

His first visit to Vietnam was in July 2018, when he discussed with Vietnamese leaders ways to further the two countries’ partnership as well as global and regional issues of mutual interest, including North Korea’s denuclearization. The second one was in February 2019 when he accompanied President Donald Trump for the latter’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Hanoi.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/news/us-backs-a-strong-independent-vietnam-pompeo-4184715.html

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Vietnam starts COVID-19 vaccine trials on monkeys

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Do Tuan Dat, director of developer Vaccine and Biological Production No. 1 (Vabiotech), said on October 30 that Vietnamese researchers have begun performing trials for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine on monkeys.

The trial phase will see the vaccine given in various doses to 12 healthy macaca mulatta monkeys aged between three and five years old, with each animal weighing over three kg.

The 12 monkeys will be divided into two groups, including those that are given injections and those not given injections. Indeed, the vaccine will be administered to the animals on two occasions, with continuous evaluation throughout the process as each shot is given every 21 to 28 days.

Dat outlined that it will take approximately three months to get the results back from the trials, after which the blood samples of the monkeys will be sent to units in Hanoi for testing.

A COVID-19 vaccine for humans is expected to be ready for mass production by 2022. VOV

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/society/vietnam-starts-covid-19-vaccine-trials-on-monkeys-685000.html

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No new COVID-19 cases on Friday

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Friday evening update

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/804088/no-new-covid-19-cases-on-friday.html

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