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Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov to visit Vietnam

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Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov is scheduled to visit Vietnam on Tuesday and Wednesday, the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Monday night.

The visit is made at the invitation of Vietnamese Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son.

In September 2021, Minister Son conducted a business trip to Moscow, where he met with many Russian officials, including his counterpart Lavrov.

In late 2021, State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc visited Russia at the invitation of President Vladimir Putin.

Last year marked the 20th anniversary of the strategic partnership between Vietnam and Russia, while this year is the 10th anniversary of the two nations’ comprehensive strategic partnership.

Lavrov’s visit takes place in the context of new developments in the international and regional situations.

In March, Minister Son joined separate phone talks with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba about the military conflict between the two countries.

In both dialogues, Son affirmed Vietnam’s consistent stance that international disputes and disagreements should be resolved by peaceful measures and in compliance with the basic principles of the United Nations Charter and international law, especially the principle of respecting the independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of countries.

The official asked relevant parties to exercise restraint, reduce tensions, and conduct more dialogues to find a long-term solution that is in line with international law and takes into consideration the legitimate interests of all sides.

During the talks, Minister Lavrov praised Vietnam’s contribution to peace, stability, cooperation, and development in the region and the world.

The official shared recent developments in the situation in Ukraine and affirmed that he would try his best to support the safe evacuation of Vietnamese citizens from conflict zones.

The two sides also discussed bilateral relations, with Minister Son suggesting that Russia continue to pay attention to and create favorable conditions for the Vietnamese community there to stabilize their life, production, and business operation.

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UN leader Antonio Guterres to visit Vietnam this year

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United Nations (UN) Secretary General Antonio Guterres confirmed he would visit Vietnam this year during a meeting with Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Ha Kim Ngoc in New York on Wednesday (U.S. time).

At the meeting, held on the sidelines of the Tenth Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, Ngoc reiterated President Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s invitation to the UN secretary-general to visit Vietnam.

Guterres replied that he would make every effort to arrange a visit to the Southeast Asian country at an appropriate time this year.

The visit, when realized, will be a meaningful event given that 2022 marks 45 years since Vietnam’s accession to the UN.

Secretary General Guterres praised Vietnam’s active and responsible contributions to the UN’s common work and also expressed his special feelings for the nation.

The UN head mentioned Vietnam’s strong commitments in responding to climate change and promised to continue supporting the nation in this area.

He also expressed his positive impression of Vietnam’s socio-economic achievements, especially in the post-pandemic recovery process.

The last time a UN secretary general visited Vietnam was in May 2015, when Ban Ki Moon from South Korea paid a two-day visit to the country.

Guterres, the ninth secretary general in the UN’s history, is currently in his second five-year term, following the first that began on January 1, 2017.

Vietnam joined the UN on September 20, 1977. The agency’s support for Vietnam first focused on war reconstruction and humanitarian assistance, and then on strengthening institutions, policies, social protection, health, education, and agriculture, among others.

During the past 45 years, Vietnam has achieved many milestones within the UN, including serving twice as a non-permanent member of the Security Council in 2008-09 and 2020-21.

Vietnam has also contributed to UN peacekeeping operations in 29 missions to South Sudan and the Central African Republic since 2014, according to the website of the UN Office in Vietnam. 

The country deployed its first level-2 field hospital to the UN Peacekeeping Mission in South Sudan with 63 members in 2018.

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Vietnam’s airlines asked to avoid Chinese military drill areas near Taiwan

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Vietnamese airlines have been directed to adjust flight routes in order to avoid six areas near Taiwan where military exercises are being conducted by China amid tensions sparked by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the island, Vietnam’s central aviation agency said on Wednesday. 

The Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam (CAAV) released the direction after China announced its military would launch live-fire drills in six maritime areas surrounding Taiwan and their respective airspace from Thursday to Sunday and asked sea vessels and planes from other countries to avoid these zones.

Accordingly, Vietnamese carriers will adjust their flight routes to ensure their planes do not fly over or near the six drill areas labeled on a map released by China, CAAV general director Dinh Viet Thang told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.

Thang also noted that Vietnamese airlines will seek out reserve airports far from these areas.

Such adjustments will increase flight distances, times, and expenses – a hefty burden given the already soaring coasts of Jet A1 flight fuel, according to CAAV.

The agency also stated that these drills will impact routes from Vietnam to the U.S., which are regularly operated by national carrier Vietnam Airlines, as well as flights to Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea.

Specifically, around 60 flights, including 36 by Vietnam Airlines, 22 by Vietjet Air, and several by Bamboo Airways, will be affected, according to the Vietnam News Agency.

Thang said CAAV will support the carriers if they face difficulty in altering flight routes through the airspace of relevant countries.

However, if there are adverse circumstances related to route adjustments, or if any significant impact arises from the exercises, airlines can proactively delay or cancel relevant flights to ensure safety, provided they notify customers in advance, Thang directed.

On August 2, China’s Xinhua News Agency released a notice that “the Chinese People’s Liberation Army will conduct important military exercises and training activities including live-fire drills” in six maritime areas specified in an attached map.

For safety reasons, vessels and aircraft are prohibited from entering the waters and airspace intended for the drills.

These exercises were announced soon after U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived in Taipei on Tuesday evening for a visit to Taiwan, despite previous warnings against the trip from mainland China.

Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan is “a serious violation of the one-China principle and the provisions of the three China – U.S. joint communiqués,” Xinhua cited the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement on Tuesday.

In response, U.S. National Security Council spokesman John Kirby underlined at a press briefing at the White House that Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan did not change Washington’s stance on the ‘one-China’ policy, which recognizes Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan as part of China.

Kirby also insisted that the visit was within Pelosi’s rights and did not infringe China’s sovereignty, according to Reuters.

Regarding increased tension following Pelosi’s visit, Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday called for the relevant parties to exercise restraint and not to escalate tension in the Taiwan Strait area.

Pelosi left Taiwan the same day.

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Vietnam calls for restraint amid US House Speaker’s Taiwan visit

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Vietnam adheres to the ‘one-China’ policy and hopes the relevant parties to exercise restraint and not to escalate tension in the Taiwan Strait area, the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Wednesday.

The foreign ministry’s spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang was speaking at a press briefing in Hanoi in response to reporters’ questions about the current situation of the Taiwan Strait.

Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, had landed in Taiwan for a visit on Tuesday.

Reiterating that Vietnam continues to follow the ‘one China’ policy, Hang requested all relevant parties to contain themselves and contribute to maintaining peace and stability in the region and the world.

‘One-China’ means “there is but one China in the world,” stated the Chinese Embassy in Vietnam.

Taiwan is an inseparable part of China’s territory and the government of the People’s Republic of China is the only legal government representing the entirety of China, the embassy stressed.

Tension in the Taiwan Strait has been heightened after U.S. House Speaker Pelosi’s plane touched down in Taipei on Tuesday evening, despite previous warnings from mainland China.

Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan is “a serious violation of the one-China principle and the provisions of the three China – U.S. joint communiqués,” China’s Xinhua News Agency cited the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement on Tuesday.  

Around 15 minutes after Pelosi arrived at Songshan Airport in Taipei, Xinhua News Agency reported that the Chinese People’s Liberation Army would conduct drills in six areas surrounding Taiwan from August 4 to 8.

Meanwhile, China’s Eastern Theater Command announced that military operations began on Tuesday evening with the participation of J-20 stealth fighters.

A video aired later on the China Central Television showed the fighters taking off in the dark with missiles under their wings.

On late Tuesday night, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Xie Feng summoned U.S. Ambassador to China Nicholas Burns to protest over Pelosi’s Taiwan visit and asked Washington to “immediately address its wrongdoings.”

In a press conference held later at the White House, U.S. National Security Council spokesman John Kirby underlined that Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan did not change Washington’s stance on the ‘one-China’ policy, which recognizes Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan as part of China.

The visit was within Pelosi’s rights and did not violate China’s sovereignty, Reuters cited Kirby as saying.

The U.S. acknowledged the ‘one-China’ policy and established official diplomatic relations with mainland China in 1979.

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