Vietnam’s lawmaking National Assembly (NA) Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue arrived in Villamor airbase, Manila on Wednesday, commencing his three-day official visit to the Philippines, the Vietnam News Agency reported.
The visit will run from Wednesday to Friday at the invitation of Senate President of the Philippines Juan Miguel Zubiri.
This is the first official visit to the Philippines by an NA chairperson of Vietnam in 16 years and also the first by a foreign parliamentary leader to the Philippines after the country successfully held the general elections in May and elected new leaders of its House of Representatives and Senate in July.
It also marks the resumption of high-level mutual visits between the two countries after a hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Chairman Hue is expected to discuss with senior leaders of the Philippines measures to promote bilateral cooperation in many fields and deepen the two nations’ strategic partnership.
One of the highlights of the visit is to review and promote the development of legal policies, which will act as a lever for economic cooperation as well as collaboration in issues of mutual concern.
Hue will also attend a trade and investment forum and a number of other activities.
Vietnam and the Philippines established diplomatic relations more than 45 years ago, and the two countries’ strategic partnership has continued to develop positively across all fields.
The two-way trade turnover reached US$6.8 billion in 2021, the highest in the past years, and more than $6 billion in the first nine months of 2022.
Cooperation in agriculture still has a lot of room for development, especially in the context that Vietnam is the leading exporter of agricultural products in the region, while the Philippines is the second-most populous country in ASEAN.
Ties in other areas such as education, tourism, and people-to-people exchanges are gradually recovering after being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Vietnam is currently one of the three strategic partners of the Philippines, along with the U.S. and Japan.
Vietnamese, French premiers discuss strategic partnership during phone talks
Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh had a phone conversation with French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne on Monday, during which the French leader expressed her desire to strengthen cooperation with Vietnam in digital fields and renewable energy.
The phone talks aimed to exchange measures to strengthen the Vietnam-France strategic partnership, especially in economic, trade, and investment cooperation, as the two countries head toward the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations and the 10th anniversary of the strategic partnership in 2023, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
PM Chinh affirmed that Vietnam attaches great importance to the relations with France, an important member of the European Union (EU), and took the occasion to thank the French government and people for providing 5.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Vietnam.
PM Borne congratulated Vietnam on the achievements in post-pandemic economic recovery and development, suggesting that the two sides work closely together to make the bilateral strategic partnership more substantial and effective.
The two premiers agreed that economic cooperation is an important pillar in the Vietnam-France strategic partnership and discussed the progress of major joint projects, especially the Nhon-Hanoi Station urban railway.
PM Borne expressed her hope to strengthen cooperation with Vietnam in digital economy, digital transformation, infrastructure, and especially renewable energy, and agreed to promote full and effective implementation of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) to optimize opportunities.
PM Chinh proposed that France create favorable conditions for Vietnamese farm produce to access the French market, ratify the EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA) in an early manner to motivate the bilateral investment partnership, and encourage the European Commission to soon remove the yellow card against Vietnamese fisheries.
He also asked the French government for increasing the number of scholarships for Vietnamese students and supporting Vietnam to restore and preserve cultural heritage sites recognized by UNESCO.
The leader appreciated France’s dynamic policy in the Indo-Pacific region and supported its active role in responding to common challenges in the region.
Both sides affirmed the significance of ensuring peace and stability in the East Vietnam Sea, and the settlement of disputes through peaceful measures in accordance with international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
On this occasion, PM Chinh invited PM Borne to visit Vietnam, and the latter accepted with pleasure.
Vietnam’s top legislator join talks with Speaker of the Philippine House of Representatives
Vietnamese National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue joined talks with Speaker of the Philippine House of Representatives Martin Romualdez in Manila on Wednesday.
The conversation took place right after a welcoming ceremony for Chairman Hue at the House of Representatives’ headquarters, within the framework of his official visit to the Philippines from Wednesday through Friday, the Vietnam News Agency reported.
Romualdez expressed his belief that the trip will create a new impulse for the two countries’ strategic partnership to develop effectively and substantively in all aspects.
On behalf of the high-ranking Vietnamese delegation, Hue congratulated the Philippines on the successful organization of the general elections last May and Romualdez on his election to the House leadership.
He believed that the resolution on strengthening bilateral cooperation through the Philippine-Vietnam Parliamentarians’ Friendship Society will be an important milestone to further strengthen the relationship between the legislative bodies, as well as the strategic partnership between the two countries in general.
The NA chairman praised the comprehensive achievements that the Philippine government and House of Representatives have obtained in the country’s development over the past years, especially in controlling the COVID-19 pandemic and maintaining high economic growth.
Both the host and guest held that high-level visits and meetings reflect the close ties and political trust between leaders and peoples of the two countries.
They agreed to further strengthen bilateral ties in such areas as politics, diplomacy, trade, and investment.
On this occasion, Chairman Hue invited the Philippine Speaker to visit Vietnam, and Romualdez thanked and accepted the invitation with pleasure.
Vietnamese defense minister meets Cambodian, Chinese counterparts in Cambodia
Vietnamese Minister of National Defense General Phan Van Giang met Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Tea Banh and Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe on the sidelines of ASEAN meetings in Cambodia on Monday.
Minister Giang is in Cambodia from Monday to Wednesday for the ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) Retreat, the ninth ADMM Plus, and the ASEAN-U.S. and ASEAN-India defense ministers’ informal meetings, the Vietnam News Agency reported.
During their conversation, Minister Giang and Minister Tea Banh discussed a number of regional and global issues, and sought ways to further promote their countries’ partnership in the future.
They agreed to foster the cooperation between the two defense ministries, thus making contributions to the success of the Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Year in 2022.
Giang congratulated the Ministry of National Defense of Cambodia for successfully hosting the ASEAN military-defense meetings for 2022, and expressed his belief that the ADMM Retreat and the ninth ADMM Plus will also be a success, making important contributions to maintaining the central role of the ASEAN.
He also invited Minister Tea Banh to visit Vietnam for the International Defense Expo that Vietnam will host for the first time in December.
|Vietnamese Minister of National Defense General Phan Van Giang (L) met Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Tea Banh in Cambodia, November 21, 2022. Photo: Vietnam News Agency|
During his meeting with Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe on the same day, Minister Giang congratulated China on the success of the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China.
Wei affirmed that the defense partnership is one of the important factors in the friendship and cooperation between the two Parties and states, ensuring benefits for the two peoples as well as peace, stability, cooperation, and development in each country, the region, and the world.
The two ministers agreed that defense cooperation between the two countries has been maintained with flexible and effective forms despite COVID-19 impacts.
They underlined the need to increase the exchange of delegations at all levels, effectively implement existing cooperation mechanisms, boost collaboration in political affairs, and enhance cooperation between the armed forces, academies, and schools.
The two ministers also agreed to deal with international issues related to the two countries with a strategic view to common interests and through peaceful measures in line with international law.
Giang affirmed Vietnam’s consistent policy of settling sea-related issues through peaceful measures in conformity with international law, including the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) 1982.
He also stressed the significance of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Vietnam Sea (DOC) and the building of a substantive and effective Code of Conduct in the maritime area.
The two ministers also concurred on fostering defense cooperation to realize collaboration contents reached by high-ranking leaders of the two sides during Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong’s visit, thus boosting the Vietnam-China comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership in a healthy and stable manner.
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