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Việt Nam-US relation has developed deeply after 25 years: PM

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Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc meets US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Hà Nội. VNA/ Photo Thống Nhất

HÀ NỘI – After 25 years, the US-Việt Nam relationship developed and deepened, said Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc.

He made the statement at a meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Hà Nội yesterday.

PM Phúc expressed his thanks to US President Donald Trump and the US Government for their practical support in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent flooding in the central region.

Pompeo sent his condolences for the losses and damage caused by the disaster.

He appreciated the results of his talks with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Phạm Bình Minh, affirming that the US attached great importance to the comprehensive partnership with Việt Nam, on the principle of respect for each other’s independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and political system.

The US committed to promoting deeper, stable and more solid relations with Việt Nam in the future, he said.

The US Secretary of State said that the US supported ASEAN’s central role in Southeast Asia, and wished to promote the ASEAN-US strategic partnership and the Mekong-US partnership.

Prime Minister Phúc welcomed the two sides’ decision to continue the effective implementation of the Action Plan towards a harmonious and sustainable trade balance. He also emphasised the importance of energy cooperation in bilateral relations.

The PM said Việt Nam was committed to set up an open, transparent investment and business environment, creating favourable conditions for enterprises from other countries, including those from the US to develop business in the country.

PM Phúc and US Secretary of State Pompeo shared a positive assessment of the results of the Indo-Pacific Business Forum that took place in Hà Nội on October 28-29.

The US Secretary of State said enterprises of the two countries had signed commercial contracts with high value in the fields of energy infrastructure, supply of industrial equipment, information technology as well as government measures, contributing to improving the trade relationship. –

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/804099/viet-nam-us-relation-has-developed-deeply-after-25-years-pm.html

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ADMM-14, seventh ADMM Plus to be held online

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The 14th ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) and the seventh ADMM Plus will be held online from December 9-10.

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Col. Pham Manh Thang (second from right) at the meeting

It was unveiled by Col. Pham Manh Thang, Deputy Director of the Defence Ministry’s Department of External Relations, during a working session in Hanoi on December 2 with defence attachés of ASEAN member states, Russia, China, the US, the Republic of Korea, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and India.

Thang stressed that the Vietnamese Defence Ministry highly values ASEAN member states and above-mentioned countries’ close cooperation and active participation that contributes to the success of the ASEAN military-defence activities this year, including the ADMM Retreat held in February in Hanoi along with teleconferences amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

He affirmed that that the ADMM-14 and the seventh ADMM Plus are the most important events among the regional defence-military activities hosted by the Defence Ministry during the ASEAN Chairmanship Year 2020.

Other activities such as a ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the ADMM Plus and hand-over of the ADMM and ADMM Plus Chairmanship to Brunei will also be held on the occasion.

Participants at the event discussed agenda, protocol and media work for the ADMM-14, ADMM Plus and related activities to ensure their success./.VNA

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/politics/admm-14-seventh-admm-plus-to-be-held-online-694467.html

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Vietnam, New Zealand hold third defence policy dialogue

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Vietnam and New Zealand have agreed to outline a cooperation plan for the next three years with a view to elevating the defence collaboration to a new high, making it on par with the strategic partnership between the two nations.

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Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Defence Senior Lieutenant General Hoang Xuan Chien

The agreement was made at the third Vietnam-New Zealand defence policy dialogue held via video conference on December 2. Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Defence Senior Lieutenant General Hoang Xuan Chien and Secretary of Defence and Chief Executive of the Ministry of Defence of New Zealand Andrew Bridgman co-chaired the event.

At the dialogue, both sides expressed their pleasure with the two nations celebrating the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations and the upgrade of the ties to the strategic partnership in 2020. They described those as favourable conditions to promote defence cooperation in the fields of dialogue, consultation, delegation exchange, training, intelligence, UN peace keeping activities, maritime security, and COVID-19 pandemic prevention and control.

They agreed to study the organisation of annual meetings at ministerial level on the occasion of official visits and on the sidelines of multilateral events from next year.

Regarding multilateral cooperation, Chien highlighted outcomes of the multilateral defence activities hosted by Vietnam in the role as the ASEAN Chair and a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, thereby affirming Vietnam’s efforts in maintaining and promoting cooperation momentum within the framework of the ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting (ADMM) and ADMM Plus for mutual benefits of ASEAN and its partners.

Meanwhile, Andrew laid stress on New Zealand’s support for the centre role of ASEAN, and spoke highly of Vietnam’s initiatives for the region in the past time.

Touching on regional and international issues of mutual interest, both sides were unanimous about the common perception on the principle of respecting international law, the settlement of disputes via peaceful means, and no use of force or threat to use force.

Chien took the occasion to thank New Zealand’s defence ministry for its timely support for Vietnam in recent storms and floods.

He said he respected the New Zealand government’s assistance worth 117,000 USD for Vietnam to overcome consequences of natural disasters./.VNA

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/politics/vietnam-new-zealand-hold-third-defence-policy-dialogue-694479.html

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Deputy PM: Vietnam supports upgrade of ASEAN-EU ties to strategic partnership

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Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh has affirmed that Vietnam supports the official upgrade of ASEAN – European Union ties to the strategic partnership level.

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Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh at the meeting 

Addressing the 23rd ASEAN – EU Ministerial Meeting, held via video conference on December 1, Minh lauded the EU for supporting ASEAN’s central role and solidarity in shaping an open, transparent, inclusive, and rules-based regional architecture with bloc-led mechanisms as the foundation, contributing to maintaining peace, security, stability, and law abidance in the region.

He suggested the EU, with its experience in regional connectivity, assist the bloc in narrowing development gap and linking sub-regions with ASEAN’s common development process, towards even and sustainable development.

On the East Sea issue, he affirmed that Vietnam’s stance suits ASEAN’s principle stance, which was affirmed at the 36th ASEAN Summit in June, the 53rd ASEAN Ministerial Meeting in September, and the 37th ASEAN Summit in November.

Minh asked countries to uphold the spirit of cooperation and sense of responsibility for building the East Sea into a water of peace, stability, and cooperation.

ASEAN heralded the EU as its partner of top significance, second-largest trade partner with two-way trade of 280 billion USD in 2019, and third-largest source of FDI with 16.2 billion USD last year.

The EU also announced a new initiative at the meeting to carry out a medical support programme in Southeast Asia in response to COVID-19, within the framework of a 350 million EUR (421.6 million USD) relief package the EU provided to ASEAN to improve its medical capacity.

Ministers also adopted the ASEAN – EU Joint Ministerial Statement on Connectivity and agreed to continue building the ASEAN – EU Free Trade Area and soon complete the ASEAN – EU Comprehensive Air Transport Agreement.

Both sides welcomed the recent official operation of the ASEAN Customs Transit System, with support from the EU’s trade facilitation programme, which makes an active contribution to economic recovery and trade in the region.

Ministers highlighted the need to guarantee a regional environment of peace, security, and stability, and vowed to uphold international law, step up multilateralism, build a rules-based order in the region and the world, jointly address global challenges, and fulfil sustainable development goals.

They affirmed the importance of maintaining peace, stability, security, and maritime and navigation safety and freedom in the East Sea, where 40 percent of the EU’s goods pass through.

Participants expressed their support for promoting dialogue and building trust, exercising self-restraint, refraining from activities that could complicate the situation or escalate disputes, avoiding militarisation, and settling disputes by peaceful means in line with international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. They also supported efforts to soon resume negotiations to reach an effective and efficient Code of Conduct in the East Sea in accordance with international law./.VNA

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/politics/deputy-pm-vietnam-supports-upgrade-of-asean-eu-ties-to-strategic-partnership-694471.html

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