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Vietnamese, Indian defense ministers join talks in Hanoi

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Vietnamese Minister of National Defense Phan Van Giang and his Indian counterpart Rajnath Singh discussed measures to boost bilateral defense cooperation during their talks in Hanoi on Wednesday.

The talks took place within the framework of Minister Singh’s official visit to Vietnam from June 7 to 10.

During their dialogue, Minister Giang underlined the significance of the visit as it takes place on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam-India diplomatic relation.

The trip also contributes to promoting the friendship and comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries and the two ministries in particular, he added.

Vietnamese Minister of National Defense Phan Van Giang and his Indian counterpart Rajnath Singh join talks in Hanoi, June 8, 2022. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese Minister of National Defense Phan Van Giang and his Indian counterpart Rajnath Singh join talks in Hanoi, June 8, 2022. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Singh affirmed that India considers Vietnam as a key partner in its Act East Policy, expressing his hope that the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries will continue to thrive and expand to all fields.

The two sides agreed on strengthening bilateral collaboration, fully and effectively implementing signed agreements, and increasing contacts and exchanges of delegations at all levels.

Both sides will maintain and enhance the efficiency of dialogue and consultation mechanisms, especially the defense policy consultation at the deputy defense minister level, while fostering partnership in personnel training and cooperation among armed forces.

Vietnamese Minister of National Defense Phan Van Giang (L) and his Indian counterpart Rajnath Singh sign a statement and a memorandum of understanding after their talks in Hanoi, June 8, 2022. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese Minister of National Defense Phan Van Giang (L) and his Indian counterpart Rajnath Singh sign a statement and a memorandum of understanding after their talks in Hanoi, June 8, 2022. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

The two countries will boost coordination in United Nations peacekeeping operations and strengthen coordination and consultations at multilateral forums.

Regarding regional and global issues, the two ministers consented on the significance of maintaining peace and stability in the East Vietnam Sea, the settlement of disputes through peaceful measures in line with international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), the implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Vietnam Sea (DOC), and expediting negotiations to reach a Code of Conduct (COC) for the maritime area.

Following the talks, they signed a statement on a Vietnam-India defense partnership joint vision toward 2030 and a memorandum of understanding on mutual support in logistics between the two ministries.

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Vietnam’s top legislator Vuong Dinh Hue starts visit to New Zealand

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Vietnam’s lawmaking National Assembly (NA) Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue arrived in Auckland City, New Zealand on Wednesday, commencing his five-day official visit to the country.

Welcoming the Vietnamese NA leader at Auckland International Airport were Vietnamese Ambassador to New Zealand Nguyen Van Trung as well as representatives of the New Zealand government and the Auckland administration, the Vietnam News Agency reported.

The visit will last until Wednesday at the invitation of Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives Adrian Rurawhe, marking the first official visit by Hue to New Zealand as Vietnam’s top legislator.

This is also the first visit of a senior Vietnamese leader to New Zealand since the two countries fully reopened after putting COVID-19 under control.

During his stay in New Zealand, Chairman Hue will hold talks with New Zealand Parliament Speaker Adrian Rurawhe and meet with other senior leaders of the host country.

He will have meetings with a number of representatives of New Zealand enterprises in Auckland on Sunday morning.

As part of his trip, the Vietnamese legislator will visit the Vietnamese Embassy in Wellington, attend educational and economic cooperation forums, and meet with representatives of the Vietnamese community, among other activities.

Talking to the press ahead of the visit, New Zealand Ambassador to Vietnam Tredene Dobson said New Zealand was looking forward to Hue’s visit, which would open up opportunities for further promotion of cooperation between the two legislative bodies, as well as the two countries in general, especially in sustainable economic development.

Chairman Hue’s visit follows a four-day visit to Vietnam by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, starting on November 14, during which Ardern and many Vietnamese leaders, including the NA chairman, discussed steps to promote the bilateral strategic partnership that was established in July 2020.

Currently, New Zealand is a strategic partner of Vietnam in the South Pacific region, with cooperation between the two countries having developed vigorously and effectively in all fields.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the exchange of delegations between the two legislatures was interrupted in the 2021-22 period, but high-level contacts were maintained and bilateral cooperation mechanisms were conducted both online and in person.

The 15th Vietnamese NA has established the 10-member Vietnam – New Zealand Friendship Parliamentarians’ Group and continued maintaining information exchange with the New Zealand Embassy in Hanoi.

Both countries are members of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and the Regional Economic Partnership Agreement (RCEP).

New Zealand is now the 36th-largest trading partner of Vietnam, with two-way trade continuing to grow despite the impacts of the pandemic.  

Last year, bilateral trade reached US$1.3 billion, up 26.7 percent from 2020, and the figure for the first nine months of this year amounted to $1.1 billion, up 13.6 percent year on year.

As one of the countries providing stable ODA sources to Vietnam, New Zealand has approved an ODA fund worth NZD26.7 million ($17.1) for the Southeast Asian country in 2021-24, equivalent to the amount in the 2018-21 period.

New Zealand has also supplied 30,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses and NZD2 million ($1.28 million) in post-pandemic relief aid to Vietnam.

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Vietnam’s lawmaking National Assembly (NA) Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue arrived in Auckland City, New Zealand on Wednesday, commencing his five-day official visit to the country.

Welcoming the Vietnamese NA leader at Auckland International Airport were Vietnamese Ambassador to New Zealand Nguyen Van Trung as well as representatives of the New Zealand government and the Auckland administration, the Vietnam News Agency reported.

The visit will last until Wednesday at the invitation of Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives Adrian Rurawhe, marking the first official visit by Hue to New Zealand as Vietnam’s top legislator.

This is also the first visit of a senior Vietnamese leader to New Zealand since the two countries fully reopened after putting COVID-19 under control.

During his stay in New Zealand, Chairman Hue will hold talks with New Zealand Parliament Speaker Adrian Rurawhe and meet with other senior leaders of the host country.

He will have meetings with a number of representatives of New Zealand enterprises in Auckland on Sunday morning.

As part of his trip, the Vietnamese legislator will visit the Vietnamese Embassy in Wellington, attend educational and economic cooperation forums, and meet with representatives of the Vietnamese community, among other activities.

Talking to the press ahead of the visit, New Zealand Ambassador to Vietnam Tredene Dobson said New Zealand was looking forward to Hue’s visit, which would open up opportunities for further promotion of cooperation between the two legislative bodies, as well as the two countries in general, especially in sustainable economic development.

Chairman Hue’s visit follows a four-day visit to Vietnam by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, starting on November 14, during which Ardern and many Vietnamese leaders, including the NA chairman, discussed steps to promote the bilateral strategic partnership that was established in July 2020.

Currently, New Zealand is a strategic partner of Vietnam in the South Pacific region, with cooperation between the two countries having developed vigorously and effectively in all fields.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the exchange of delegations between the two legislatures was interrupted in the 2021-22 period, but high-level contacts were maintained and bilateral cooperation mechanisms were conducted both online and in person.

The 15th Vietnamese NA has established the 10-member Vietnam – New Zealand Friendship Parliamentarians’ Group and continued maintaining information exchange with the New Zealand Embassy in Hanoi.

Both countries are members of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and the Regional Economic Partnership Agreement (RCEP).

New Zealand is now the 36th-largest trading partner of Vietnam, with two-way trade continuing to grow despite the impacts of the pandemic.  

Last year, bilateral trade reached US$1.3 billion, up 26.7 percent from 2020, and the figure for the first nine months of this year amounted to $1.1 billion, up 13.6 percent year on year.

As one of the countries providing stable ODA sources to Vietnam, New Zealand has approved an ODA fund worth NZD26.7 million ($17.1) for the Southeast Asian country in 2021-24, equivalent to the amount in the 2018-21 period.

New Zealand has also supplied 30,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses and NZD2 million ($1.28 million) in post-pandemic relief aid to Vietnam.

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Vietnam president leaves Hanoi for state visit to S.Korea

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Vietnamese State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc left Hanoi on Sunday morning for a state visit to South Korea at the invitation of South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol.

During his visit to South Korea from Sunday to Tuesday, President Phuc will hold talks with President Yoon and meet Prime Minister Han Duck Soo and Speaker of the National Assembly Kim Jin Pyo.

He will also have meetings with major Korean business leaders and overseas Vietnamese, as well as attend the opening of the Vietnam Day program in South Korea.

The visit takes place in the context that the two countries are celebrating 30 years of diplomatic relations, with the strategic cooperative partnership developing positively and effectively.

The state leader will be accompanied by Standing Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh, Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son, Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung, Minister of Industry and Trade Nguyen Hong Dien, Minister of Culture, Sports, and Tourism Nguyen Van Hung, and Minister of Health Dao Hong Lan, among other high-ranking officials.

President Phuc is the first senior foreign leader to pay a state visit to South Korea since President Yoon took office, according to the Vietnam News Agency.

Vietnam and South Korea established their diplomatic relations on December 22, 1992.

In August 2001, the two nations issued a joint statement on their comprehensive partnership on the occasion of Vietnamese President Tran Duc Luong’s visit to South Korea.

In October 2009, the bilateral ties were upgraded to a strategic cooperative partnership during the Vietnam visit by President Lee Myung-bak.

As of September, South Korea remained the biggest foreign investor in Vietnam with US$80.52 billion, accounting for 18.6 percent of the total investment in the Southeast Asian country.

The East Asian nation was also the third-biggest trade partner of Vietnam with two-way trade reaching $66.65 billion in 2019, $65 billion in 2020, and $78 billion in 2021.

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Vietnamese State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc left Hanoi on Sunday morning for a state visit to South Korea at the invitation of South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol.

During his visit to South Korea from Sunday to Tuesday, President Phuc will hold talks with President Yoon and meet Prime Minister Han Duck Soo and Speaker of the National Assembly Kim Jin Pyo.

He will also have meetings with major Korean business leaders and overseas Vietnamese, as well as attend the opening of the Vietnam Day program in South Korea.

The visit takes place in the context that the two countries are celebrating 30 years of diplomatic relations, with the strategic cooperative partnership developing positively and effectively.

The state leader will be accompanied by Standing Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh, Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son, Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung, Minister of Industry and Trade Nguyen Hong Dien, Minister of Culture, Sports, and Tourism Nguyen Van Hung, and Minister of Health Dao Hong Lan, among other high-ranking officials.

President Phuc is the first senior foreign leader to pay a state visit to South Korea since President Yoon took office, according to the Vietnam News Agency.

Vietnam and South Korea established their diplomatic relations on December 22, 1992.

In August 2001, the two nations issued a joint statement on their comprehensive partnership on the occasion of Vietnamese President Tran Duc Luong’s visit to South Korea.

In October 2009, the bilateral ties were upgraded to a strategic cooperative partnership during the Vietnam visit by President Lee Myung-bak.

As of September, South Korea remained the biggest foreign investor in Vietnam with US$80.52 billion, accounting for 18.6 percent of the total investment in the Southeast Asian country.

The East Asian nation was also the third-biggest trade partner of Vietnam with two-way trade reaching $66.65 billion in 2019, $65 billion in 2020, and $78 billion in 2021.

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Vietnam offers condolences over death of former Chinese President Jiang Zemin

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Vietnamese Party and State leaders have sent condolences to the government and people of China on the death of former President of China Jiang Zemin, the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported. 

Vietnamese Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue on Friday sent condolence messages to Chinese Communist Party General Secretary and Chinese President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China Li Zhanshu, and Jiang’s family, the ministry said in a statement.

Jiang, who was also former Chinese Communist Party General Secretary, died from leukemia and multiple organ failure in Shanghai on Wednesday, at 96, the Xinhua news agency reported. 

In their messages, the Vietnamese leaders affirmed that Jiang was an outstanding leader of the Chinese Communist Party and State, who has made great contributions to the revolutionary cause and construction of socialism with Chinese characteristics. 

He also made significant contributions to the normalization and promotion of the development of Vietnam-China relations.

The Vietnamese Communist Party, State and people always appreciate and remember the great contributions of Jiang Zemin to the ties between the two Parties and countries, the messages read. 

The Vietnamese leaders sent wreaths to the Chinese Embassy in Hanoi in commemoration of his death, and a high-ranking delegation led by President Phuc visited the embassy and wrote in the condolence book.

The same day, head of the Vietnamese Communist Party Central Committee’s Commission for External Relations Le Hoai Trung and Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son also sent condolences to head of China’s Central Committee’s International Liaison Department Liu Jianchao and Politburo member, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

Jiang Zemin served as Chinese Communist Party General Secretary for 13 years (1989-2002) and as President of China for 10 years (1993-2003).

He also served as chairman of the Central Military Commission in the 1989-2004 period.

In November 1994, Jiang visited Vietnam and nearly three years later, Vietnamese Communist Party General Secretary Do Muoi visited China, fostering the friendly relationship between the two nations.

Within 10 years after the normalization of bilateral relations, the two countries signed six joint statements to expand and consolidate the bilateral ties.

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Vietnamese Party and State leaders have sent condolences to the government and people of China on the death of former President of China Jiang Zemin, the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported. 

Vietnamese Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue on Friday sent condolence messages to Chinese Communist Party General Secretary and Chinese President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China Li Zhanshu, and Jiang’s family, the ministry said in a statement.

Jiang, who was also former Chinese Communist Party General Secretary, died from leukemia and multiple organ failure in Shanghai on Wednesday, at 96, the Xinhua news agency reported. 

In their messages, the Vietnamese leaders affirmed that Jiang was an outstanding leader of the Chinese Communist Party and State, who has made great contributions to the revolutionary cause and construction of socialism with Chinese characteristics. 

He also made significant contributions to the normalization and promotion of the development of Vietnam-China relations.

The Vietnamese Communist Party, State and people always appreciate and remember the great contributions of Jiang Zemin to the ties between the two Parties and countries, the messages read. 

The Vietnamese leaders sent wreaths to the Chinese Embassy in Hanoi in commemoration of his death, and a high-ranking delegation led by President Phuc visited the embassy and wrote in the condolence book.

The same day, head of the Vietnamese Communist Party Central Committee’s Commission for External Relations Le Hoai Trung and Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son also sent condolences to head of China’s Central Committee’s International Liaison Department Liu Jianchao and Politburo member, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

Jiang Zemin served as Chinese Communist Party General Secretary for 13 years (1989-2002) and as President of China for 10 years (1993-2003).

He also served as chairman of the Central Military Commission in the 1989-2004 period.

In November 1994, Jiang visited Vietnam and nearly three years later, Vietnamese Communist Party General Secretary Do Muoi visited China, fostering the friendly relationship between the two nations.

Within 10 years after the normalization of bilateral relations, the two countries signed six joint statements to expand and consolidate the bilateral ties.

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