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President Nguyen Xuan Phuc meets Russian Chairman of State Duma & Prime Minister



President Nguyen Xuan Phuc had a meeting with Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin in Moscow on December 1 as part of his ongoing official visit to Russia.

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President Nguyen Xuan Phuc (L) and Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin during their meeting in Moscow on December 1 as part of the former’s official visit to Russia. 

The President affirmed the Party and State of Vietnam always keep in mind Russia’s assistance for Vietnam in the past and at present, and attach importance to the comprehensive strategic partnership with Russia.

Vietnam considers Russia a leading priority partner in its foreign policy, he said, while expressing his delight at achievements Russia has obtained in recent times.

Host and guest focused their discussion on cooperation between the two countries in areas, especially economics, while expressing their pleasure with the continued expansion in bilateral trade and investment cooperation despite impacts of COVID-19.

They spoke highly of outcomes of the 23rd meeting of the Vietnam-Russia Inter-governmental Committee on Economic-Trade and Scientific-Technological Cooperation that took place in October.

The two sides agreed to facilitate bilateral trade, including making the most of preferences of the Vietnam and the Asia-Europe Economic Union free trade agreement, and encouraging the implementation of large investment projects in areas that both sides are strong in such as industry, agriculture and infrastructure.

They affirmed determination to maintain and expand cooperation in energy and oil and gas in Vietnam and Russia – one of the key pillars in the two countries’ comprehensive strategic partnership.

President Phuc and PM Mishustin reached consensus on orientations and measures to boost collaboration in the fields of education-training, science-technology, culture, tourism and people-to-people exchange.

They agreed to enhance cooperation in COVID-19 vaccine and drug production.

PM Mishustin affirmed the Russian Government treasures and wishes to strengthen cooperation with Vietnam and will closely coordinate with the Vietnamese Government, particularly within the framework of the Vietnam-Russia Intergovernmental Committee on Economic-Trade and Scientific-Technological Cooperation, to carry out effectively agreements reached between Presidents Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Vladimir Putin.

President Phuc wished that the Russian Government continues to create favourable conditions for the Vietnamese community to live and work in Russia.

On the occasion, the President conveyed the invitation to visit Vietnam from Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh to PM Mishustin.

President meets Chairman of State Duma of Russia

President Nguyen Xuan Phuc has affirmed that Russia is always a top priority, trustworthy and traditional partner of Vietnam.

During a meeting with Chairman of the State Duma of Russia Vyacheslav Volodin in Moscow on December 1, President Phuc wished that the two legislatures would further uphold the role of the Vietnam – Russia Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation Committee in strengthening bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership and inter-parliamentary cooperation in particular.

Volodin, for his part, thanked the Vietnamese President for supporting ties between the two legislatures.

He affirmed that the State Duma of Russia treasures and wants to boost relations with the Vietnamese National Assembly, contributing to deepening ties between the two nations.

On the occasion, he also invited leaders of the Vietnamese National Assembly (NA) to the international forum on the development of parliamentarianism scheduled for September 2022 in Moscow.

President Phuc also conveyed NA Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue’s invitation to visit Vietnam to the host.

In the morning the same day, the Vietnamese leader laid wreaths at Ho Chi Minh Monument and a memorial dedicated to unknown martyrs in Moscow. Later, he paid tribute to Vladimir Ilyich Lenin – a great leader of the working class and international communist movement at his mausoleum.

President wishes to lift trade with Russia by 15 times

President Nguyen Xuan Phuc has asked ministries, agencies and businesses of Vietnam and Russia to seek ways lifting two-way trade by 15 times and tripling investment in the near future.

Addressing the Vietnam – Russia Business Forum that drew 80 firms from both sides in Moscow on December 1, Phuc said Vietnam is one of the 20 most successful countries globally in terms of foreign direct investment attraction,

He suggested Russian firms study more about Vietnamese market and vice versa to achieve better results.

As room for bilateral economic cooperation remains huge, trust in political, diplomatic and economic ties will open up new chapters in the near future, he said, adding that the two countries’ authorities need to work closely together to deal with existing obstacles.  

The success of Russian investors is the expectation and pride of Vietnam, he stated.

President of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs Alexander Shokhin, for his part, said Russian and Vietnamese firms need to capitalise on advantages from the Free Trade Agreement between Vietnam and the Eurasian Economic Union, adding Russian companies are interested in investing in Vietnam.

Entrepreneurs at the event expressed their willingness to invest in each other on the back of the two nations’ long-standing ties as well as opportunities and incentives offered by each country./. 

Source: VNA



Ho Chi Minh City eager to boost multifaceted ties with Italy: vice mayor



Leaders of Vietnam’s southern economic hub Ho Chi Minh City are slated to visit Italy in October this year to further beef up the cooperation between the city and Italy, deputy chairman of the municipal administration Vo Van Hoan has said in welcoming Italy’s National Day. 

Hoan was speaking at a ceremony held by the Consulate General of Italy in the city on Friday to mark the 72nd anniversary of Italy’s National Day and also the 50th anniversary of Vietnam – Italy diplomatic relations.

The city’s vice mayor sent National Day greetings to the Italian Consul General Enrico Padula and his wife, and the entire Italian community living and working in Ho Chi Minh City.

Hoan highly appreciated the fruitful relationship between Ho Chi Minh City and its Italian twin city of Torino, toward the goal of laying a foundation and framework to further promote the bilateral cooperation in hi-tech, education, cultural heritage conservation and tourism.

Addressing the ceremony, Italian Consul General Padula recalled the long-lasting friendship relations between Italy and Vietnam, with Italy being the first Western European country to establish diplomatic ties with Vietnam right after the Paris Agreement was signed in 1973.

The diplomat expressed his pleasure that the two nations’ ties have strongly developed over the past 50 years, not only in diplomacy and politics but also in the economic, cultural and social fields.

He emphasized the significance of the cooperation for mutual development between the two countries, as well as between Italy and Ho Chi Minh City, the southern business and financial hub of Vietnam.

The past 50-year ties have given both nations an inspiration and a belief in the development of their relationship in the future, Padula said.

Last year, the trade value between Italy and Ho Chi Minh City reached US$780 million, while that of the two countries amounted to $6.2 billion, up 11 percent from 2021.

Vietnam is currently Italy’s largest trading partner in ASEAN while Italy is Vietnam’s fourth largest EU partner. 

On the sideline of the ceremony were two impressive photo exhibitions, one of which depicted significant milestones in the Vietnam – Italy relations over the past 50 years, and the other featuring images representing the diversity of the Italian capital city of Rome.

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Australian prime minister to visit Vietnam this weekend



Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese will pay an official visit to Vietnam on Saturday at the invitation of Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

This will be his first visit to Vietnam since he took office in 2022.

The Australian prime minister’s visit will be made two months after Australian Governor-General David Hurley’s state visit to Vietnam.

His two-day visit is aimed at marking the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and Australia.

Australian Prime Minister Albanese will meet several top Vietnamese officials during his trip, said the Australian Embassy in Vietnam.

“The leaders will come to the table about measures to deepen the partnership in trade, investment, education, energy, and environmental protection,” the embassy said. “Vietnam is one of Australia’s key strategic economic partners in Southeast Asia, which is a focus of Australian Prime Minister Albanese.”

“My first official visit to Vietnam is meant to celebrate 50 years of the two nations’ diplomatic ties and strengthen two-way cooperation in various fields,” Prime Minister Albanese said in an announcement released by the Australian Embassy on Tuesday.

Vietnam and Australia established their diplomatic relationship in February 1973. Over the past 50 years, bilateral ties have thrived and made great strides in numerous fields.

Many major works in Vietnam have been backed by Australia. Among them are My Thuan 1 Bridge, which connects Tien Giang Province with Vinh Long Province in the Mekong Delta region, and Cao Lanh Bridge in Dong Thap Province in the same region.

Vietnam is the Australian prime minister’s second destination during his trip to Southeast Asia. He will travel to Singapore to sit in on the 20th Shangri-La Dialogue before arriving in Vietnam.

He was sworn into office on May 23, 2022. He previously served as deputy prime minister.

He is well known for his ability to connect stakeholders, enterprises, and people to advance the economic growth and improve people’s standard of living in Australia.

When serving as Minister of Infrastructure and Transport, he launched multiple big-ticket projects. Many parts of Australia were connected by roads and rail links.

During his official Vietnam visit in April, Australian Governor-General Hurley and Vietnamese State President Vo Van Thuong reached a consensus on upgrading the two-way relations to a comprehensive strategic partnership at the right time.

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Vietnam demands China withdraw vessels from the former’s waters



Vietnam has required that China pull its survey vessel Xiang Yang Hong 10, Coast Guard vessels, and fishing ships from Vietnamese waters, Pham Thu Hang, deputy spokeswoman of the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Thursday.

Hang affirmed that survey vessel Xiang Yang Hong 10, Coast Guard vessels, and fishing ships flying Chinese flags had entered Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone in the East Vietnam Sea.

The Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and relevant agencies have dialogued with the Chinese side many times and conducted measures in line with international and Vietnamese law to ensure the legitimate rights and interests of Vietnam.

Vietnam requests that relevant agencies on the Chinese side comply with the common perceptions of the two countries’ leaders, immediately stop all violations, and respect Vietnamese sovereign rights and jurisdiction.

The Southeast Asian country also urged the northern neighbor to strictly implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Vietnam Sea (DOC), maintain peace, cooperation, and development in the maritime area, and contribute to the development of relations between the two countries, the foreign ministry representative added.

The deputy spokeswoman on Thursday also voiced Vietnam’s objection to the China Maritime Safety Administration’s placement of three light buoys in the Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago of Vietnam.

She emphasized that “the installation of the light buoys on some features in Truong Sa without Vietnam’s permission is an infringement of the Vietnamese sovereignty over the archipelago, so the move has no legal value.”

Vietnam has sufficient legal grounds and historical evidence to affirm its sovereignty over Truong Sa as well as Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelagos in line with international law, Hang underscored.

Therefore, Vietnam demands that relevant parties not take any action that may complicate the situation but respect Vietnam’s sovereignty, international law, the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the DOC, and maintain peace, stability, and cooperation in the East Vietnam Sea.

The China Maritime Safety Administration under the Chinese Ministry of Transport on Wednesday announced the placement of three light buoys in Vietnam’s Truong Sa archipelago.

The Chinese side claimed the installation of the light buoys is to “ensure safety” for vessels in the area.

Gaven Reefs in Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago is under Vietnam’s sovereignty but has been illegally occupied and reformed by China. Photo: CSIS/AMTI

Gaven Reefs in the Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago is under Vietnam’s sovereignty but it has been illegally occupied and modified by China. Photo: CSIS/AMTI

China’s act was similar to the move of the Philippines in mid-May.

The Manila administration placed buoys attached with Philippine flags in Vietnam’s Truong Sa.

In response, the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, at its press conference last Thursday, said Vietnam protests actions that violate Vietnamese sovereignty over the group of islands.

Vietnam always keeps a close watch and has solutions appropriate to international and national law to ensure its legitimate rights and benefits.

Ambassador Vu Ho, acting head of the ASEAN Senior Officials’ delegation of Vietnam, called on countries to ‘walk the talk’ at the 20th ASEAN-China Senior Officials’ Meeting on the Implementation of the DOC in the East Vietnam Sea held in northern Quang Ninh Province last Wednesday.

Countries should translate political commitments on issues in the East Vietnam Sea into specific and appropriate acts, Ho noted, stressing the need to handle issues in the waterway on the basis of international law and the UNCLOS.

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