Vietnam considers Japan long-term strategic partner

(VOVworld) - Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said Vietnam considers Japan its close and long-term strategic partner. At a reception for Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida in Hanoi on Thursday, Prime Minister Phuc advocated closer cooperation and rapid implementation of signed agreements, focused on strengthening economic links at the central and local level. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) and Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida (Source: VNA) He also called for higher possible ODA assistance and other support from the Japanese government to help Vietnam respond to climate change, particularly drought and saline intrusion. He said he hopes Japan will make more effort to ensure security, safety, and navigation freedom, and peacefully resolve disputes in the East Sea in line with international law, including the 1982 UNCLOS. Minister Fumio Kishida said Japan greatly values its relations with Vietnam. … [Read more...]

Vietnam, Japan pledge to enhance political trust

(VOVworld) - Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida have agreed to enhance political trust by continuing regular visits and dialogues and upholding existing dialogue mechanisms. During their meeting in Hanoi on Thursday, Mr. Minh repeated Vietnam’s consistent policy of considering Japan Vietnam’s leading long-term partner. Kishida said Japan values and wishes to advance its strategic partnership with Vietnam and promises to support and coordinate with the country in UN peace-keeping operations and in bomb and mine clearance. The meeting between Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida (Source: VNA) They discussed regional and global issues of common concern and agreed to enhance cooperation at multilateral forums including the UN, ASEAN, APEC, and ASEM, and international economic alliances such as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership … [Read more...]

Vietnam, Thailand strengthen friendship

(VOVworld) – The State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs received a delegation of expatriate teachers and students from Nakhon Phanom province, Thailand, on Thursday, in Hanoi. Expatriate students listen to stories about the life and career of President Ho Chi Minh. (Photo: VNA) Vice Chairman of the Committee Dang The Hung thanked the authorities and teachers of Nakhon Phanom province for supporting Vietnamese expatriates and students there. Head of the delegation Kiattisak Larpchit, Vice Director of Nakhon Phanom’s Department of Primary Education in Region 1, thanked Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs for organizing the exchange, which boosts friendship and mutual understanding between Vietnamese and Thai students. … [Read more...]

Vietnam – Korea Clay Painting Exhibition

(VOVworld) - An exhibit "Vietnam - Korea Clay Painting" by artist Huong Thuy opened in Hanoi on Thursday. Clay painting "Hoa Đỗ Quyên" by Huong Thuy Thuy said the exhibit featuring 27 clay paintings of lotus, sesame buds, roses, orchids, daisies, cherry, and flowering canola lets audiences enjoy a space of colorful flowers recreating typical charming scenery of Korea and Vietnam. Thuy said that she "finds Vietnam and South Korea share many similarities in culture and natural scenery which are very beautiful. I want to express the beauty of both countries' landscapes through flowers. Two thirds of the paintings are about Vietnam and Korea and the rest are still-life paintings." Clay painting is a popular art form in Vietnam and Korea. … [Read more...]

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe says quitting the EU would make the UK less attractive to Japanese investors

(VOVworld) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe recommended that the UK remain part of the European Union (EU). Speaking at a joint press conference with the British Prime Minister David Cameron during his visit on Thursday, Mr. Abe said a vote to leave the EU would make the UK a less attractive destination for Japanese investors. (Photo: AFP/ VNA) Speaking at a joint press conference with the British Prime Minister David Cameron during his visit on Thursday, Mr. Abe said a vote to leave the EU would make the UK a less attractive destination for Japanese investors. He said although British voters will decide whether the UK stays in the EU or not, Japan’s interests will be affected by the referendum in June. Mr. Abe said Japan clearly wants Britain to remain part of the EU and many Japanese companies choose the UK because it is a gateway to the EU. About 1,000 Japanese firms are operating in the UK, employing 140,000 people. Mr. Cameron said Japan is the UK's … [Read more...]

Italy, Germany strengthen cooperation to resolve migrant crisis

(VOVworld) – Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday talked about the necessary of bilateral cooperation in resolving the EU’s common challenges. Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi (L) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) address a press conference (Photo: AFP) At a joint press conference in Rome after a bilateral meeting, the two leaders said they share the same approach to handling the migrant crisis and criticized Austria’s border closure policy, which has led to an increasing number of illegal migrants from North Africa heading to EU countries through Italy. The two leaders praised the plan to use Eurobonds to help Africa reduce the causes of migration. … [Read more...]

Vietnam welcomes Kuwait’s enterprises: President Tran Dai Quang

(VOVworld) - President Tran Dai Quang has insisted on Vietnam’s consistent policy of attaching importance to cooperation with Kuwait and the Middle Eastern countries. President Tran Dai Quang receives the visiting Prime Minister of Kuwait. (Photo: Nhan Sang) At a reception in Hanoi on Friday for visiting Prime Minister of Kuwait, Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabad, Mr. Quang said Vietnam welcomes Kuwait’s enterprises to do business in the country and will facilitate favorable conditions for both business communities to invest in each other’s markets. President Quang called for specific measures to tap the great potential of both nations and realize reached cooperation programs towards boosting bilateral relations in politics, diplomacy, and economics. The Kuwaiti official discussed the outcomes of his meeting with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and the Kuwait-Vietnam Business forum. … [Read more...]

Vietnam considers Japan long-term partner

(VOVworld) - Vietnam and Japan share similarities in strategic interests and concerns over both bilateral and multilateral collaboration. President Tran Dai Quang (R) and Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida. (Photo: VNA) President Tran Dai Quang made the statement at a reception for visiting Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida in Hanoi on Friday. He said the growing bilateral relationship matches the interests and aspirations of their peoples and contributes to peace, stability, cooperation, and development in the region. He also affirmed Vietnam’s consistent policy of continuing to regard Japan as its leading and long-term partner and urged Japan to continue to help Vietnam raise its capacity in maritime law enforcement forces. He called on Japan to continue its affiliation with Vietnam in economy, trade, investment, ODA, agriculture and climate change response. President Tran Dai Quang called for closer cooperation in international forums and appealed to Japan to … [Read more...]

Vietnam, Japan strengthen multi-faceted cooperation

(VOVworld) - Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida have agreed to consolidate political trust by maintaining regular visits and dialogues, and upholding existing dialogue mechanisms. Vietnamese Deputy PM and FM Pham Binh Minh (L) and Japanese FM Fumio Kishida. (Photo: VNA) At the 8th session of the Japan-Vietnam Cooperation Committee, co-chaired by the two officials in Hanoi on Friday, the two sides reached a consensus on stronger cooperation in economy, trade, investment, education, and health care. The officials also agreed that Japan will consider support for Vietnam in building a fundamental and long-term response plan to drought and saline intrusion, which are devastating the central and southern regions. Deputy PM Minh asked Japan to facilitate the granting of visas for Vietnamese citizens. At a press conference following the talks, Mr. Minh emphasized that Japan remains a leading and long-term partner in … [Read more...]

US House Speaker Paul Ryan ‘not ready’ to support Donald Trump

(VOVworld) - House speaker Paul Ryan, the highest-ranking elected Republican official in the US, has said he was not ready to support Donald Trump as the party’s presumptive presidential nominee. Speaker Paul D. Ryan on Capitol Hill last week (Photo: nytimes.com) In an interview on CNN on Thursday, Mr. Ryan said the most important thing now is consensus in the party and that Mr. Trump must heal differences after fierce nomination campaign and be responsible for his controversial statements relating to the other Republican candidates, Muslims, migrants and women. House speaker Paul Ryan is not the only member of Republican party to be unhappy with the selection for the party’s presidential candidate. … [Read more...]

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc holds talks with Kuwaiti counterpart Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al Hamad A

(VOVworld) – Vietnam wishes to become a friend and a trust worthy partner of the world community for peace and development. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al Hamad Al Sabad at the welcoming ceremony (Photo: VGP) Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc told his visiting Kuwaiti counterpart in Hanoi on Friday that he hoped for closer friendship and cooperation between Vietnam and Kuwait for development, mutual benefit and peace and friendship. The Kuwaiti Prime Minister praised efficient cooperation in oil and gas and called for early operation of the Nghi Son chemical oil refinery. Both discussed the Middle East and East Sea issues and agreed on the necessity for active measures to resolve disputes by peaceful means in line with international law and UN principle. They condemned terrorism and supported international efforts to prevent terrorism and wished to promote information exchange for peace, stability and development. The two … [Read more...]

Panama Papers: US launches crackdown on international tax evasion

(VOVworld) – US President Barack Obama is launching a crackdown on international tax evasion in response to recent disclosures in the Panama Papers revealing the scale of offshore financial activity. US President Barack Obama said: ‘There is no doubt that the problem of global tax avoidance generally is a huge problem" (Photo: UPI / Barcroft Images) In a series of initiatives announced by the White House on Thursday night, the president will take executive action to close loopholes used by foreigners in the US and call on Congress to pass legislation asking banks, and financial institutions to identify and keep records and information about real private accounts. The White House said the disclosures in the Panama Papers showed the urgency of strict measures to prevent tax evasion and money laundering. Washington committed to cooperate with international partners to address the shared challenge. The US authorities said the new measures would focus largely on increasing … [Read more...]

National Assembly candidates meet with voters

(VOVworld) – Candidates for the 14th National Assembly election met with voters this week to present their action plans if they are elected. NA Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong and 4 candidates met with voters in Thuan Chau district, Son La province, hearing and acknowledging the voters’ opinions and wishes. NA candidates meet with voters in My Loc, Nam Dinh province (photo: Van Dat, VNA) Candidates for Nam Dinh and Hau Giang province talked to local voters about what they will do if they are elected. They pledged to fulfill their responsibility as representatives of the people and convey the people’s aspirations and ideas to the National Assembly and functional agencies. … [Read more...]

Japan’s media cover Foreign Minister Kishida’s visit to Vietnam

(VOVworld) – A number of major Japanese newspapers have covered Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida’s visit to Vietnam where he held talks with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh. Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida (Photo: inquirer) Kyodo news agency reported that after paying a courtesy visit to Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Kishida held a press conference to inform the outcome of his meeting. Kishida said Japan and Vietnam shared a common view on China’s unilateral change of the status quo in the East Sea considering it dangerous for the international community, adding that they agreed on the importance of ASEAN sending a joint message regarding the issue. Kishida said PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s attendance at the G7 summit, scheduled to take place later this month in Japan will offer Japan as G7 presidency the chance to learn of Vietnam’s proposals and desires, which can be included in the agenda of the coming extended G7 … [Read more...]

Construction of LG Display facility kicks off

(VOVworld) – On Friday, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc attended a ground-breaking ceremony of an LG Display project in Hai Phong city. The ground-breaking ceremony of LG Display Vietnam project in Hai Phong (Photo: VGP) Mr. Phuc spoke highly of the effort by Hai Phong and the LG Display group in resolving difficulties and completing investment procedures to start the project. He pledged Vietnam’s government would do its utmost to create the best possible conditions for business. The Prime Minister also asked the ministries and sectors to collaborate with Hai Phong and investors to ensure the projects are carried out safely, effectively and on schedule. … [Read more...]

A number of terrorist networks foiled in Algeria and Tunisia

(VOVworld) – Algerian security force have foiled a network which support finance for terrorist groups in Algeria’s cities and provinces. Algerian army (Photo: AFP/ Getty Images) The Algerian Ministry of National Defense said on Thursday that the network including 4 dangerous people are working to finance terrorist groups in the capital Algiers and other cities like Batna and Borj Bouaririj to buy weapons from Libya for the attacks on security headquarters. In the latest raid, the Algerian army destroyed a terrorist shelter and seized a stock of weapons. On Thursday, Tunisian security forces wiped out two terrorist groups linked to Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), a jihadist group based in South Africa, in Tunisia’s Northwest. Tunisian Interior Ministry said the first group, including 9 members loyal to Okba Ibn Nafaa of AQIM were arrested in Kef, 175 kilometers East of Tunis. The other group, numbering 5 members, are responsible for providing food and … [Read more...]

Festival hopes to inspire sci-tech passion among students

The 3rd Festival of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) will take place in Hanoi on May 14-15 to promote STEM education and inspire the passion for science and technology among students. It will be held on the celebration of the Vietnam Science and Technology Day - May 18. According to Le Thi Khanh Van, deputy head of the National Agency for Science and Information Technology, the event will introduce to the public a diversity of STEM education models in order to improve the teaching and learning of science-related subjects at schools and develop creativity and flexibility in students. Editor-in-Chief of Tia Sang Magazine Pham Tran Le said STEM is popular among European countries and the United States in which students are educated in four specific disciplines – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. Themed "Time Machine" the festival comprising experiments and practical activities … [Read more...]

Fishermen in Quang Binh find layers of dead fish at local seabed

Fishermen in a commune in the central province of Quang Binh where has been affected by the mass fish death said that they had found layers of dead fish in the local seabed. Le Minh Ngan, Director of Quang Binh Province’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment said the fishermen in Nhan Trach Commune, Bo Trach District suddenly detected the problem while diving into the local seabed some 2-3 nautical miles from the shore. Dead fish on a Quang Binh beach The layers of dead fish also covered coral reefs with many kinds of fish are lying decomposing, contaminating the water. Nguyen Can, a local fisherman, who usually fishes near the shore, said that normally his net was very dirty when fishing in the coral reef area, but recently, it is very different in colour as it has become whiter and looked almost new. He suspects that the sea water contains detergents. Another local fisherman Nguyen Nhon said that the sea smelled of detergents. Seawater along a 1.5-kilometre … [Read more...]

Saigon’s rainy season is here. Almost.

Many districts in Ho Chi Minh City enjoy the first rain of this year on May 5, 2016. Photo: Bach Duong/Thanh Nien Residents around Ho Chi Minh City this week celebrated the first rains of the season after a prolonged and intense heatwave. Le Dinh Quyet from the Southern Hydrometeorological Center said the city will cool down with some more rain in the next few weeks. But he said the rainy season will only officially begin in early June with high rainfall. Le Thi Xuan Lan, another meteorologist, agreed that it will remain hot in the city for a few more weeks. She said Ho Chi Minh City and other southern provinces will have to cope with the early summer heat, with temperatures as high as 39 degrees Celsius through the end of this month. "June's rainfall will be less than the average level seen in previous years as drought will return in the second half of the month. Then there will be more rain in the following months," Lan said. She said between September and November, the city … [Read more...]