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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.

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HANOI — Vietnam will suspend all inbound commercial flights after it detected its first COVID-19 outbreak in nearly three months, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said on Tuesday.

Phuc said inbound evacuation flights can continue but anyone coming in will still have to go into 14 days of quarantine.

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— Ho Chi Minh City has requested authorities of District 1, District 3, District 6, District 10, Phu Nhuan District, Binh Tan District, and Tan Phu District to inspect the places patient 1,347, Vietnam’s first locally-transmitted COVID-19 patient after nearly three months, had visited and to seal them off if necessary. 

— Some 500 people in Ho Chi Minh City who had direct contact with patient 1,347 have been sent to quarantine facilities, of whom two were later confirmed as patients 1,348 and 1,349.

— The education bureau of District 6, Ho Chi Minh City on Tuesday allowed more than 2,000 students at two local elementary schools to stay home after their four teachers had had contact with patient 1,347, a Vietnamese teacher of English who contracted the coronavirus from patient 1,342, a Vietnam Airlines flight attendant.

— Airlines with flight crew members violating regulations on quarantine and epidemic prevention which leads to community infection will be suspended from operating international flights, the Ministry of Transport said on Tuesday.

— Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City on Tuesday proposed all Vietnam Airlines flight attendants returning from international flights spend the entirety of 14 days at concentrated quarantine bases instead of spending the time both at the carrier’s facilities and at home like before.

— At a Tuesday meeting of the government on pandemic prevention measures, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc requested strict punishment for those breaking COVID-19 prevention rules, which had resulted in infections in the community recently, according to the Vietnam News Agency.

— Vietnam’s COVID-19 tally on Wednesday morning reached 1,351, with 1,195 recoveries and 35 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.

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— Vietnam ranks first among Southeast Asian countries in terms of primary student learning outcomes under the 2019 Southeast Asia Primary Learning Metrics (SEA-PLM) program, the Vietnam News Agency reported.

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Vietnam, Singapore bolster security cooperation

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Minister of Public Security General To Lam holds phone talks with Singaporean Minister for Home Affairs and Law K. Shanmugam (Photo: cand.com.vn)

Minister of Public Security General To Lam held phone talks with Singaporean Minister for Home Affairs and Law K. Shanmugam on November 30.

During the phone talks, Lam affirmed the Ministry of Public Security and competent law enforcement authorities in Singapore have consolidated collaboration, contributing to promoting the Vietnam-Singapore Strategic Partnership which was established in 2013.

Lauding the role of Singapore as the chair of ASEAN’s hi-tech crime prevention events, Lam said his ministry has already sent officers to work at the Interpol’s ASEAN Cybercrime Operations Desk.

He hoped to receive further cooperation and support from the Singaporean side in the field as well as cooperative mechanisms in the framework of the Senior Officials Meeting on Transnational Crime (SOMTC) and ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime (AMMTC).

The Ministry of Public Security spoke highly of K Shanmugam’s suggestion to hold phone talks to discuss the World Health Organisation’s recommendation on cannabis use in medical study, he added.

K. Shanmugam, for his part, congratulated Vietnam on successful organisation of the 14th AMMTC, while expressing his belief that the collaboration between Vietnam and Singapore, especially between their law enforcement agencies, will further develop and reap important outcomes in the future./.

Central region hit by heavy rains, flooding

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A vegetable garden is submerged by floodwater in Đơn Dương District, the Central Highlands province of Lâm Đồng.

Prolonged heavy rains during the past three days have caused serious flooding and landslides in parts of central Viet Nam and the Central Highlands, leaving at least one person missing.

Ninh Thuận and Khánh Hòa provinces allowed students to stay off school to avoid the flood.

Many areas along rivers in Khánh Hòa were submerged including Vĩnh Phương, Vĩnh Trung and Vĩnh Thái communes, Nha Trang City, Vạn Ninh District and Ninh Hòa Town.

Ninh Thuận and Khánh Hòa provinces have evacuated more than 400 households with more than 1,700 people to safety.

Flashfloods on Sunday night swept away one person in Vạn Ninh District, Khánh Hòa Province. The victim is still missing.

Khánh Hòa Province on Monday morning discharged water from reservoirs to regulate flood levels.

Flood also submerged roads and isolate different communes in Nha Trang City and Diên Khánh District.

Severe heavy rains yesterday afternoon caused landslides on the Highway 27C connecting Nha Trang City and Đà Lạt City, causing more than five-hour-long traffic jams.

About 2,000sq.m of soil and land slid on the Khánh Lê mountain pass. Authorities have since cleared some of the debris and the highway is open for one-way traffic.

It is forecast that Thừa Thiên-Huế and Khánh Hòa provinces and several places in the Central Highlands area will have strong rains today. The water level in rivers from Quảng Nam to Khánh Hòa provinces will continue to rise for the next week.

The Vệ River in Quảng Ngãi Province will rise to the third level – the urgent alarming level, whereas the Trà Khúc River in Quảng Ngãi Province, Thu Bồn River in Quảng Nam Province, Kôn River in Bình Định Province and Dinh River in Khánh Hòa Province will be at the second alarm level.

Mountainous districts should be vigilant for flashfloods and landslides. 

Second edition of book series on Vietnam’s ethnic groups launched

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The second edition of the book series “Cac dan toc Viet Nam” (Ethnic groups of Vietnam) is released by Su That (Truth) National Political Publishing House in July 2020. (Photo: baodantoc.vn/VNA)

The second edition of the book series “Cac dan toc Viet Nam” (Ethnic groups of Vietnam) has been launched by Su That (Truth) National Political Publishing House during a book exhibition in Hanoi.

The exhibition was held to mark the publishing house’s 75th founding anniversary (December 5) and welcome the upcoming 13th National Party Congress.

Speaking at the launching ceremony, the publishing house’s Acting Director and Editor-in-Chief Pham Chi Thanh sad the four-volume book series was compiled by the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences’ Institute of Anthropology from 2012 – 2015. It was edited and published by the publishing house from 2016 – 2018 and its second edition was released in July 2020.

The book series won a second prize at the National Book Awards 2020, he noted.

The series becomes a valuable source for policy-makers to gain a better insight into each ethnic group in Vietnam and thus, adopt appropriate ethnic policies and further consolidate solidarity among Vietnamese people, Thanh said, adding that it is also an useful source of reference for scientists, researchers and students./.

Vietnam fulfilling commitments on ensuring safe migration: Conference

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) jointly held a conference on implementing the global compact for safe, orderly, and regular migration (GCM) in Hanoi on November 30.

The conference gathered together more than 110 delegates from ministries, agencies and localities, and international organisations.

In his remarks, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs To Anh Dung said Vietnam’s implementation plan for the GCM sets forth inclusive and comprehensive solutions to current international migration issues, with gender and sustainable development matters taken into account.

This is a strong stride forward by Vietnam in international cooperation in migration, he said, demonstrating the country’s commitment to and sense of responsibility for maintaining and consolidating a transparent and safe migration environment, for sustainable development.

The conference offered an opportunity to review the migration of Vietnamese workers to foreign countries, as well as Vietnam’s management in this regard, the official added.

Park Mi-hyung, Chief of Mission at IOM Vietnam, said the issuance of the plan reflects Vietnam’s strong commitment to promoting common perceptions and sharing responsibility for migration for the benefit of all.

The conference was also a chance for delegates to exchange experience and work together to build comprehensive policies to protect the rights and interests of migrants, while enhancing coordination in migration management at different levels, especially in the context of COVID-19 and many countries considering reopening their borders.

Vietnam approved the GCM in December 2018. The Prime Minister signed a decision on March 20, 2020 on the issuance of the implementation plan, which puts forth such major tasks as promoting communications work, collecting information and data on international migration, perfecting policies and laws, studying migration policies, and boosting international cooperation in the field./.

10th National Patriotic Emulation Congress slated for December 9-10

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, who is also Chairman of the Central Emulation and Rewards Council, presided over a meeting in Hanoi on November 30 to look into the preparations for the 10th National Patriotic Emulation Congress.

The congress is scheduled for December 9-10 with the participation of about 2,300 delegates.

So far, all the ministry- and provincial-level congresses have been completed, according to the council.

PM Phuc highly valued all-level patriotic emulation congresses which he said have encouraged emulation amid numerous difficulties facing the country.

He also applauded the preparations for the upcoming congress, which have been made with the highest sense of responsibility.

According to the Government leader, the congress, held every five years, is meant to launch an emulation movement among the public, all levels, and all sectors ahead of the 13th National Party Congress and encourage people to jointly realise the Party resolution.

As the workload needed to be done from now to the emulation congress remains huge, he requested sub-committees and relevant agencies to seriously review preparations, adding that the event must be organised in a formal but also economically and efficient manner that must also ensure security and safety, including safety from COVID-19.

The PM also asked for communications about the congress to be increased to help create a patriotic emulation atmosphere./.

Tra Vinh takes measures to deal with drought, saltwater intrusion

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An agriculture official in Tra Vinh province’s Tra Cu district instructs a farmer how to save her rice crop from saltwater and drought during the last dry season. (Photo: VNA)

Tra Vinh (VNA) – The Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Tra Vinh has taken a number of measures to prevent droughts, water shortages, and saltwater intrusion in the upcoming dry season to minimise possible damage caused by them.

Tra Vinh is one of the delta provinces hardest hit by saltwater intrusion between December and April, a phenomenon that has caused severe damage in recent years.

The delta is forecast to face a water shortage, and localities in Tra Vinh are speeding up construction of irrigation works, dredging of canals and repairs to degraded irrigation works to store freshwater.

In areas where irrigation systems are not extensive, local authorities are encouraging people to build embankments and temporary dams.

They have made plans for careful use of water.

The provincial People’s Committee has ordered the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to closely monitor saltwater intrusion and inform the public so that people could proactively take preventive measures.

If there is severe drought and saltwater intrusion as forecast, water would be prioritised for household use, animal husbandry and high-value crops, it said.

The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development should instruct farmers to suitably organise their crops, aquaculture and animal husbandry, it said.

Farmers should follow the farming schedules put out by local authorities, grow rice varieties that are resistant to drought and saltwater and use advanced farming techniques and efficient irrigation to save water, it added.

It has ordered the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Department of Construction to speed up construction of 12 clean water supply stations, install 130 km of new water pipes and more than 9,000 meters in households in the districts of Cang Long, Chau Thanh, Cau Ngang, Cau Ke, Tra Cu, and Duyen Hai.

Pham Minh Truyen, director of the province’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said saltwater intrusion in 2020 – 21 was forecast to be greater than in 2015- 16.

Tra Vinh and other delta provinces had seen record levels of saltwater in 2015- 16.

In the last dry season the intrusion began early and was severe, causing losses of around 1 trillion VND (43 million USD) to the agriculture, according to the department.

More than 25,800ha of rice, 270ha of fruit and dozens of hectares of vegetables were affected.

Thousands of households suffered from a severe shortage of water./.

Ly Hoang Nam suffers defeat in final of VTF Masters 500

Ly Hoang Nam, the nation’s highest ranked tennis player, suffered a shock defeat to Trinh Linh Giang in the final round of the National Men’s – Women’s Tennis Championship (VTF Masters 500-2) – Lach Tray Cup, which recently concluded in the northern city of Hai Phong.

During the tournament’s final match between Nam and Giang, Nam endured a 3-1 defeat in the first set before swiftly earning a break to level the score. In the game’s third set, Giant went on to record a 5-0 win, with his victory ensured after finishing the final set with a 6-1 win.

The defeat at the hands of Giang marks the conclusion of Nam’s eight-year unbeaten streak against domestic players.

Elsewhere, the women’s singles event saw Si Boi Ngoc beat Tran Thuy Thanh Truc to claim victory.

Phú Quốc develops pepper cultivation in combination with tourism services

Pepper farmers in Kiên Giang Province’s Phú Quốc District are developing their pepper orchards in combination with tourism services to maintain cultivation areas and improve income as the price has declined in recent years.

The island district is a famous tourist destination and has many speciality products such as fish sauce and pepper. The district’s pepper is well-known for its hot and tangy flavour and is sought by most tourists who visit the district.

The district has 390ha of pepper with an annual output of 675 tonnes, mostly in Cửa Dương and Cửa Cạn communes, according to the district’s Economic Bureau.

About 80 per cent of the district’s pepper products are sold to tourists at pepper orchards, tourism destinations and the night market in the district. The prices of pepper products sold at orchards, tourist destinations and the night market are higher than the prices that traders buy from farmers.

The district had nearly 300ha of pepper in 2010 and the pepper growing area increased to 500ha in 2015 because of the high price.

However, farmers have reduced their cultivation areas because of the declining price of pepper and unstable outlets since 2017.

Lê Thanh Huy, chairman of the Cửa Dương Commune Farmers Association in Phú Quốc, said the commune pepper growing area fell from more than 200ha in its peak time to 132ha now.

The commune has nearly 200 households growing pepper.

To improve income for pepper farmers, local authorities have encouraged them to expand pepper in combination with tourism services, he said.

The commune, which has the largest pepper growing area in Phú Quốc, now has 15 households implementing the model of growing pepper in combination with offering tourism services.

Đặng Thế Hải, who is implementing the model in Cửa Dương’s Cây Thông Trong Hamlet, said the model has helped him increase the sale of pepper products.

“When tourists visit the pepper orchard, they like to buy pepper products for their consumption and gifts for other people,” he said.

Hải has also intercropped durian trees in his pepper orchard to increase income. 

Pepper farmers in the district have invested in tourism services and advanced farming techniques to attract tourists to their orchards.

Trần Quốc Dương in Cửa Cạn Commune has borrowed soft loans to invest in tourism services and advanced farming techniques in his 2ha pepper orchard to increase income.

Besides offering tourism services in the orchard, he sells pepper and pepper-related products to visitors. With the income from offering tourism services, he is now able to maintain cultivation of pepper. 

The district authorities have instructed pepper farmers to apply advanced techniques and good agricultural practices (GAP) standards to improve yield and quality.

More than 70 per cent of pepper growing households in the district are using drip irrigation for their pepper orchards.

The district has also developed methods of using Java olive trees as trellises instead of concrete or wooden pillars to grow pepper plants, saving costs for farmers.

Farmers have received instruction in techniques to produce pepper seedlings from seeds and cuttings.  

The district’s raw pepper products are red pepper (pepper harvested when they are ripen), black pepper (pepper harvested when they are green) and white pepper (skin – peeled pepper).

Many pepper growing households in the district have produced pepper-related products such as pepper salt, pepper sauce, and pepper braised with sugar and fish sauce.

Trần Thị Hồng, deputy head of the bureau, said the cultivation of pepper in the district has fluctuated but pepper farmers have maintained their growing areas.

The district has cultivated pepper for 100 years and is one of the district’s traditional occupations.

Up to 80 – 90 per cent of pepper varieties planted in the district are local varieties which are highly resistant to disease.

Under the district People’s Committee’ agricultural development plan in 2020 – 30, the district will develop its pepper growing area to 400ha with an annual output of 1,000 tonnes.

The district will register with the National Office of Intellectual Property to receive geographical indication certification for its pepper.

Lao Embassy in Hanoi celebrates National Day

The Lao Embassy in Hanoi hosted a reception on December 1 to celebrate the 45th National Day of Laos (December 2, 1945 – 2020).

Prominent among the guests were Politburo member and Standing Vice Chairwoman of the National Assembly Tong Thi Phong and Politburo member, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh. 

Addressing the event, Lao Ambassador to Vietnam Sengphet Houngboungnuang stressed that the birth of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic 45 years ago opened up a new era in which the Lao people can decide their own fate and become the real owner of a free and independent country.

He went on to say that over the past 45 years, under the leadership of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP), the country has experienced remarkable changes in all fields, with political stability, ensured social order, unceasingly socio-economic development and high economic growth.

The ambassador expressed his thanks on behalf of the Lao Party, State and people to the Party, State and people of Vietnam for their great support and valuable assistance for Laos’ revolutionary cause both during the resistance war for national salvation and the current period of national construction and defence.

He emphasized that the great friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries have been unceasingly strengthened. In the context of a changing world and negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Laos and Vietnam continue to do their best to constantly develop the bilateral partnership in all fields.

In her remarks, Standing Vice Chairwoman of the Vietnamese National Assembly Tong Thi Phong congratulated Laos on its great historic accomplishments in national development and defence.

She said under the close instruction of leaders of the two countries, the Vietnam-Laos cooperation has been expanding, bringing practical benefits to their people, despite the rapid and complicated developments in the world and regional situations. She highlighted increasingly trustful and close political and diplomatic ties, along with effective economic-security-defence-border cooperation, which contributed to ensuring political stability and social order and safety in each country. The two countries have always coordinated and supported each other at regional and international forums.

Phong wished the fraternal Lao people even greater achievements in the cause of national development and defence, and in implementing the Resolution of the 10th National Congress of the LPRP, towards a successful 11th National Congress of the LPRP./.

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