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Vietnam makes proposals at ASEAN Senior Officials’ Meeting



Vietnam will take actions to speed up the narrowing of development gap in ASEAN, especially in enhancing sub-regional cooperation by holding an ASEAN Forum on narrowing development gaps between sub-regions for comprehensive recovery.

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Participants at ASEAN Senior Officials’ Meeting (Photo: VNA)

The statement was made by Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung at the ASEAN Senior Officials’ Meeting (ASEAN SOM) held via videoconference on April 7.

Dung reaffirmed Vietnam’s support for and commitments to ASEAN’s cooperation priorities and initiatives in 2021.

These priorities and initiatives need to rely on achievements gained by the bloc in 2020, particularly in Community building, COVID-19 prevention and control, and post-pandemic recovery.

At the meeting, participating countries also reaffirmed their backing for the initiatives proposed by Brunei, ASEAN Chair in 2021, including promoting multilateralism, improving the effectiveness of the bloc’s humanitarian assistance and emergency response, and sea-based economic cooperation.
In response to COVID-19, they agreed to continue prioritising efforts to control the pandemic, prevent new waves of infection, overcome the consequences of the pandemic and speed up economic recovery.

Accordingly, ASEAN will focus on implementing the Comprehensive Recovery Framework, with the focus on remote areas and the most vulnerable groups, using 10.5 million USD from the COVID-19 Response Fund to buy vaccines, contributing more to the ASEAN Regional Reserve of Medical Supplies and discussing the establishment of the ASEAN travel corridor. The countries also shared the need to ensure equal access to vaccines and raise voice against “vaccine nationalism”.

The meeting reviewed ASEAN’s cooperation relations with partners, including proposals to upgrade relations with ASEAN, and highlighted the importance of ensuring the central role as well as the overall external relations of ASEAN.

Regarding regional and international issues, delegates expressed concerns over recent complicated developments in the East Sea, including the threats, coercion and violations of international law and the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), which affect regional peace and security, run counter to commitments in the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), and create an unfavorable atmosphere for negotiations on a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC). They emphasised the need to restrain, avoid complicating the situation, promote international law and UNCLOS 1982, continue implementing the DOC fully and effectively, and gradually resume negotiations for an effective and valid COC in conformity with international law and UNCLOS 1982.

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Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung speaks at the meeting (Photo: VNA)

The Vietnamese representative suggested ASEAN maintain its solidarity and principled stance, and make efforts to negotiate to build an effective and substantive COC in accordance with international law including the 1982 Convention.

For the Myanmar situation, participants agreed that complicated developments over the past time, including increasing violence and human losses, affect not only Myanmar but also cooperation and solidarity, the image and reputation of ASEAN. They stressed the need for ASEAN to continue all efforts to support Myanmar to overcome difficulties.

The Vietnam SOM head affirmed Vietnam’s support for ASEAN’s application of methods in approaching the Myanmar situation. Vietnam will work together with other member countries to actively support Myanmar to overcome current difficulties for the sake of peace, reconciliation and stability in the region, he stated, adding that as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, Vietnam has also informed and updated the council on the bloc’s efforts to assist Myanmar./. VNA



New shows, young singers are attracting big audiences




The “Veston” music project was held at the Pedagogical College of Đà Lạt. It sold out all of its 5,000 tickets. Photo An Phương

HCM CITY —  Although affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Vietnamese music market has been able to make changes in recent months, adding major music shows, quality products and many new faces with bold musical personalities.

After more than a month of delay, the concert of famous pop singer Mỹ Tâm is expected to take place on April 25 at Military Zone 7 Stadium in HCM City and May 1 at Mỹ Đình Stadium in Hà Nội.

Most of the songs to be performed in the show are hits from her latest album Tâm 9.

The show will also feature special guests like Hà Anh Tuấn, Phan Mạnh Quỳnh and rapper Wowy.

Recently, Tuấn held a music concert in Đà Lạt City to launch his music project “Veston” to audiences. The concert sold all of its more than 5,000 tickets.

On May 15, a concert of love songs over 30 years of Quốc Bảo will be held at Hòa Bình Theater in District 1 in HCM City.

The show will be divided into three parts to represent the career of the musician. It will include performances by celebrated singers like Trần Thu Hà and Bằng Kiều.

In addition, musician Nguyễn Minh Cường and singer Nguyễn Hà will perform a mini concert “Chạy trời sao khỏi nắng” (No flying from fate) at the Youth Culture House on the evening of April 17.

Singer Dương Triệu Vũ will also hold a concert to help stimulate tourism demand in Hội An. It will feature Quang Dũng, Đàm Vĩnh Hưng and Hồ Ngọc Hà.

Online tunes go viral 

Due to COVID, many singers and musicians have taken the initiative and made changes. 

Many of them are still actively launching music products. In addition, a variety of content, forms and trends are still being produced.

This year, online music is still the the most prominent trend in Vietnamese music.

Recently, episodes of “Xuân Hạ Thu Đông Rồi Lại Xuân” (Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, and Spring again), a TV reality show showcasing street performances of favourite Vietnamese singers, went viral on social media in Việt Nam.

The show is produced by HCM City Television (HTV) and Forest Studio. It has attracted 42,777 followers on its Facebook page and more than 265,000 subscribers on its YouTube channel.

Its videos, which screen live performances on HCM City streets, have earned tens of millions of views on YouTube.

Young singers like Hòa Minzy, Hứa Kim Tuyền and Anh Tú have permanent spots on the show.

The trio has collaborated with special guest performers in each episode such as pop stars Uyên Linh and Văn Mai Hương, winner and first runner-up of the TV reality music show Vietnam Idol 2010.


Singers Anh Tú, Hòa Minzy and Hứa Kim Tuyền (left to right) perform in a Xuân Hạ Thu Đông Rồi Lại Xuân show. Photo courtesy of the producer

During the show, the singers have covered Vietnamese and foreign songs featuring different topics like love, film soundtracks, and favourite Vietnamese songs from the 2000s.

In addition, young singers such as Hoàng Dũng, Dương Hoàng Yến, Phùng Khánh Linh, Hoàng Ly, Bùi Công Nam, Sofia, EmceeL and Huy R are also attracting the attention of audiences with their unique voices and young energy.

Experts say the music market this year will see big changes, with more opportunities for young artists and impressive, creative and meaningful music shows that are expected to attract many viewers. 



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Vietnam stresses importance of protecting civilians amidst conflicts in Sudan



Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, head of Vietnam’s permanent mission to the UN, showed his hope that the Sudanese Government would intensify efforts to ensure its leading role in protecting civilians and handling the root cause of violence 

among communities in Darfur while addressing an online informal interactive dialogue on the Darfur situation on April 14.

Quy appreciated positive progresses in Sudan in the recent past and said he hopes the transitional government and relevant parties there will keep fully carrying out the peace deal on October 3, 2020.

He stressed the importance of stepping up dialogue and mediation efforts between communities, while calling on parties involved to ensure close cooperation between the Sudanese government and the UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in the country (UNITAMS), regional organisations and other countries in the transition process so as to maintain gained achievements and contribute to promoting peace and development in the African nation.

UN Special Representative for Sudan and head of the UNITAMS Volker Perthes and Sudanese Chargé d’affaires a.i. in the UN Mohamed Ibrahim Mohamed Elbahi briefed participants on recent developments in West Darfur, in the context that conflicts between the Arab Rizeigat and Masalit communities have killed many civilians, including women and children.

Volker Perthes acknowledged the Sudanese government’s efforts to stabilise the situation in West Darfur, stressing that UNITAMS and relevant UN offices will actively support the transition process in Sudan in accordance with the October 3, 2020 peace agreement, including assistance in increasing the capacity of protecting civilians of the African country’s security forces.

Amid certain security improvement in Darfur, the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 2559 on December 22, 2020, that decided to end UNAMID’s operations on December 31 the same year and requested this mission to complete the withdrawal between January 1 and June 30, 2021.

The council set up UNITAMS in June 2020 under Resolution 2524.

From April 3-8, conflicts between the Arab Rizeigat and Masalit communities killed over 100 people and injured hundreds of others./.VNA


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Old French-style villas in capital to be examined for preservation



An old French-style villa built before 1954 on Châu Long Street. Photo Thúy Hằng

HÀ NỘI — More than 1,200 French-style villas in Hà Nội constructed before 1954 will be examined to evaluate their states, values and need for preservation by the Hà Nội People’s Committee.

The Hà Nội City People’s Council has requested the municipal People’s Committee to direct the review and report on the status of the old villas and architectural works that were built before 1954 in the city.

The report must specify the number, addresses, current status, ownership and classification of the buildings, in addition to proposals of the management solutions in the future and the lists of old villas and architectural works in need of being maintained, renovated, embellished and preserved in 2021-2025.

The municipal People’s Committee issued a list of 1,253 villas subject to management and use according to the regulations on management and use of old villas built before 1954 in Hà Nội at the end of 2013.

In this list, there were 352 state-owned villas, 100 owned by organisations, 301 privately-owned villas and 500 villas of mixed ownership.

The old villas are mainly concentrated in five districts including Ba Đình (428 villas), Hoàn Kiếm (527 villas), Hai Bà Trưng (270 villas), Tây Hồ (14 villas) and Đống Đa (14 villas).

Officials plan to update and reissue the list of villas and architectural works built before 1954 for more effective management and use.

In addition, the city also needs to review the management and maintenance of parks and flower gardens in the city to propose solutions for investment and post-investment management.


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