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Leaders pay Tet visits to Hanoi, Da Nang



Politburo member and State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc led a delegation to visit Danang on February 1, the first day of the Lunar New Year, to extend New Year greetings to agencies and armed force units in the central city.

President Nguyen Xuan Phuc extends New Year greetings to officials at the People’s Committee of Hai Chau District. 

At the city’s Military High Command, the State leader conveyed best wishes to officers and soldiers of the armed forces in the city .

According to Colonel Nguyễn Quốc Hương, Chief Commander of the Đà Nẵng Military High Command, political security, social order and national defence in the city have been maintained.

Along with safeguarding the land and sea border as well as ensuring security during important events of the country, the forces have closely coordinated with relevant agencies in COVID-19 prevention and control.

President Phúc hailed efforts and achievements that the military, public security and border guard forces in the city made last year, which helped the city contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

He also lauded their performance in the building of strong armed forces and Party as well as mass mobilisation work. He asked the forces to continue to strengthen themselves so as to well implement all policies issued by the Party and the State.

Also on February 1, President Phúc and the delegation visited officials of the Party Committee of Hải Châu District and the People’s Committee of Thuận Phước Ward in the district.

Hà Nội visit

Earlier Party General Secretary Nguyễn Phú Trọng made a Tet visit to officials and people of Hà Nội on the eve of the Lunar New Year (January 31), during which he said Hà Nội should strive to lead the country in all aspects, deserving its status as the national political and administrative centre.

Hailing the capital city’s efforts and achievements in the recent past, the Party leader said Hà Nội needs a longer-term vision matching its role as the capital of the country.

The country has drafted a vision for development to 2025, 2030 and 2045, Hà Nội should also work out a similar vision for its development and look even farther, he said.  

On the occasion of the Lunar New Year, the Party leader wished Hà Nội people health, happiness and success.

Politburo member and Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Đinh Tiến Dũng reported to the Party chief the city’s performance in implementing targets and tasks in 2021.

He highlighted a 2.92 per cent growth in GRDP, and a surge of 12.3 per cent in budget collection compared to the assigned figure. Political security and social order were maintained and national defence ensured, while good progress was made in the building of the Party and political system

Dũng reported that despite a rise in COVID-19 cases at present, the city had been designed and implementing plans to quickly respond to every development of the pandemic, focusing on improving the capacity of the health sector, particularly at grassroots level.

He affirmed that the municipal Party organisation would strive to fulfil targets and tasks set by the municipal Party Committee’s 10 major working programmes to realise the resolutions of the 17th Party congress of the city and the 13th National Party Congress.

Hà Nội would make efforts to fulfil all objectives and goals of the plans on socio-economic development, finance-budget and public investment in 2022, creating an impetus to successfully carry out the five-year plan for 2021-2025, Dũng said.

Source: VNA/VNS



Vietnamese PM arrives in US for 78th UN session



Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh arrived in San Francisco on Sunday afternoon (local time), starting his seven-day trip to attend the high-level General Debate of the 78th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session and other activities.

PM Chinh was welcomed at San Francisco International Airport by the U.S. city’s administration representatives, Vietnamese Ambassador to the U.S. Nguyen Quoc Dung, Vietnamese Consul General in San Francisco Hoang Anh Tuan, and some other consular officials.

Accompanying PM Chinh are nine Ministers of Public Security; Foreign Affairs; Planning and Investment; Finance; Industry and Trade; Culture, Sports, and Tourism; Information and Communications; Health; and Natural Resources and Environment. 

As scheduled, PM Chinh will meet the Vietnamese community in San Francisco upon his arrival and will receive representatives of typical overseas Vietnamese businesses in the city one day later.

During his trip, the PM will attend and deliver a speech at the high-level General Debate of the 78th UNGA session at the General Assembly Hall of the UN Headquarters in New York City.

The event will take place under the theme, ‘Rebuilding Trust and Reigniting Global Solidarity: Accelerating Action on the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals towards Peace, Prosperity, Progress, and the Sustainability for All.’

Vietnam’s Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh shakes hands with a representative of the administration of U.S. city of San Francisco when he arrived there on September 17, 2023 (local time). Photo: Duy Linh / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam’s Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh shakes hands with a representative of the administration of the U.S. city of San Francisco when he arrived there on September 17, 2023 (local time). Photo: Duy Linh / Tuoi Tre

PM Chinh is also expected to speak at the UN Climate Ambition Summit and the UN High-Level Meeting (HLM) on Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness and Response (PPPR), also in New York.

As part of his week-long stay, the Vietnamese government leader will attend a Vietnam – U.S. business forum on technology and innovation, visit large corporations such as NVIDIA, Meta, and Synopsys in San Francisco, and receive a number of local leaders.

He will also meet UN leaders and have bilateral meetings with senior leaders of countries and international organizations, among other activities. 

Vietnamese Ambassador to the U.S. Nguyen Quoc Dung shakes hands with Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh at the San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, the U.S., on September 17, 2023 (local time). Photo: Duy Linh / Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese Ambassador to the U.S. Nguyen Quoc Dung (R) shakes hands with Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, the U.S., September 17, 2023 (local time). Photo: Duy Linh / Tuoi Tre

At a press briefing in Hanoi last week, Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Pham Thu Hang stressed that the PM’s trip to the U.S. “is extremely important to concretize the outcomes of U.S. President Joe Biden’s recent visit to Vietnam,” which took place on September 10-11, during which the two countries released a joint statement to upgrade the Vietnam-U.S. relations to comprehensive strategic partnership.

PM Chinh will wrap up his U.S. trip on Saturday and leave for Brazil on the same day for an official four-day visit at the invitation of Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

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Vietnamese PM urges upgrade of China-ASEAN free trade area



China and ASEAN should quickly complete negotiations for the third version of the China-ASEAN Free Trade Area, Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh said at the opening of the 20th China-ASEAN Expo (CAEXPO) and China-ASEAN Business and Investment Summit (CABIS) in China on Sunday.

PM Chinh on Sunday afternoon wrapped up his trip to neighboring China to attend the two events in Nanning City, the capital city of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region of China, on Saturday and Sunday.

Delivering a speech at the opening of the two events, he suggested the governments of China and ASEAN countries boost their bilateral trade relations in a balanced and sustainable manner.

Their trade surged to US$975.6 billion last year from $78.2 billion in 2003, making them each other’s largest trade partner.

PM Chinh thus called for the two sides’ efforts to make ASEAN China’s first partner to reach trade value of $1 trillion.

He also urged the two sides to expand the piloting of smart border gates to meet their trade demand.

The Vietnamese government leader affirmed that Vietnam supports the cooperation between China and ASEAN in the open-minded, sincere, reliable, and equal spirit for the prosperity of nations in the region and in the world.

ASEAN and China should foster the traffic infrastructure connection and build linkage chains from raw material areas to production centers and consumption systems, the Vietnamese official said.

“We share the same goals and larger mutual benefits when jointly supporting the corporate community to expand their investment, production, and business, creating livelihoods for residents and foundations for peace, stability, and long-term cooperation in the region and in the world as a whole.”

China and ASEAN established the first version of their free trade area in 2010 and laucnhed an upgraded version in 2019.

The negotiations on the third version of the China-ASEAN Free Trade Area were launched in November 2022 and expected to finish next year.

Dr. Vu Quy Son from the Institute of Chinese Studies told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that the talks between PM Chinh and his Chinese counterpart Li Qiang on Saturday showed the importance of maintaining and boosting high-ranking delegation exchanges between the two countries.

China tends to enhance practical cooperation with Vietnam through its international cooperation initiatives to get the Southeast Asian country’s support in regional and international issues.

It is focusing on the cooperation of ministries, agencies, and the localities bordering Vietnam with equivalent units in Vietnam, Son added.

In the future, China may focus on trade collaboration to ease the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and upgrade infrastructure connectivity with Vietnam and ASEAN as a whole.

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Vietnam looks to become one of Asia’s food innovation hubs



Vietnam aspires to become one of the food innovation hubs of Asia by contributing to expediting the transformation of global food systems, said Ambassador Dang Hoang Giang, permanent representative of Vietnam to the United Nations (UN), at the UN Security Council (UNSC) open debate on Thursday.

During the open debate, which focused on famine and conflict-induced global food security, Giang emphasized that recent reports and discussions at the 43rd session of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Conference in Italy in July highlighted a growing challenge in food security worldwide, the Vietnam News Agency reported.

Despite the recovery observed in various sectors after the COVID-19 pandemic subsided, food insecurity remains a headache in numerous parts of the world, particularly in regions affected by conflicts.

According to Giang, the most effective approach for preventing famine in conflict-affected regions is curbing violence and promoting peace. 

The UNSC should play a more influential role in addressing the root causes of conflicts to mitigate the risks of food insecurity stemming from these conflicts.

The Vietnamese representative urged all parties involved in conflicts to respect the UN Charter and international law.

In addition, Giang suggested that the UNSC should work closely with specialized agencies like FAO, the UN World Food Program, and other international partners. 

Additionally, enhancing cooperation with regional organizations can strengthen food systems’ resilience and ensure the sustainability of global food supply chains.

The Vietnamese diplomat emphasized that food security is not just a goal but a crucial solution for Vietnam’s socio-economic development. 

Vietnam places high importance on the advancement of low-emission and climate-resilient agriculture, aiming to establish itself as a food innovation hub in the region.

Moreover, the country is dedicated to making a positive contribution to global food security by ensuring steady export of rice and other agricultural products and is ready to collaborate with the international community in tackling food insecurity resulting from conflicts.

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