PM Lee expresses condolences to families, friends of those on MH370

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has expressed his condolences to the families and friends of those on board Malaysia Airlines MH370. Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (AFP/Roslan Rahman) >> Bad weather halts air and sea search for MH370 SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has expressed his condolences to the families and friends of those on board Malaysia Airlines MH370. In a Facebook post, Mr Lee said he is deeply saddened to hear about the tragic fate of the aircraft. He was writing the post following a press conference by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Monday night. The Malaysian prime minister said satellite data indicated that flight MH370 had ended its journey in the southern Indian Ocean. Mr Lee said for more than two weeks, there was hope that somehow the worst had not happened. He said he understood how anguished and desperate the families and friends of those on board must be feeling. Mr Lee … [Read more...]

MH370 search back on as weather improves

Planes and ships converged on the southern Indian Ocean on Wednesday, resuming the hunt for wreckage from Flight MH370 after weather conditions improved, as grieving passengers' families demand answers about the ill-fated jet. >> PM Lee expresses condolences to families, friends of those on MH370 PERTH: Planes and ships converged on the southern Indian Ocean on Wednesday, resuming the hunt for wreckage from Flight MH370 after weather conditions improved, as grieving passengers' families demand answers about the ill-fated jet. Gale force winds, driving rain and mountainous seas prevented any sorties being flown from Perth in Australia's west on Tuesday, but 12 aircraft were deployed Wednesday, with South Korean planes joining the hunt for the first time. "Today's search is split into three areas within the same proximity, covering a cumulative 80,000 square kilometres (30,000 square miles)," said the Australian Maritime Safety Authority which is coordinating … [Read more...]

122 objects, possibly debris, identified in MH370 search

Malaysia said satellite images have identified 122 potential objects in the Indian Ocean, in the search for Malaysia Airlines MH370 jet. In a media conference on Wednesday, Acting Transport Minister Hishammudin Hussein said it cannot be confirmed yet if the objects are linked to the missing plane. US law firm launches legal action over MH370 >> Undersea volcanoes, huge seas complicate MH370 search KUALA LUMPUR: Fresh satellite images taken during the search for a missing passenger jet showed 122 "potential objects" in one area of the Indian Ocean, Malaysia said Wednesday. The images from Airbus Defence and Space in France showed the objects in a 400-square-kilometre area of the ocean, said Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein. Hishammuddin told the media it was not possible to say whether the objects came from the Boeing 777 aircraft, which crashed with 239 people on board. "Nevertheless, this is another new lead that will help … [Read more...]

Malaysian PM says missing jetliner crashes in Indian Ocean as search intensified

New analysis of satellite data suggested that missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 had crashed in the southern Indian Ocean, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Monday. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (C) speaks during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, March 24, 2014. New analysis of satellite data suggested that the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 "ended" in the southern Indian Ocean, said Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Monday. Najib released the sad news at a hastily-convened press conference in Kuala Lumpur, capital of Malaysia. The prime minister said the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch and Inmarsat, the UK company that provided the satellite data, have concluded that "the missing jetliner flew along the southern corridor," and its last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean, west of Perth, Australia. He also said the type of analysis used to investigate the mystery of the jetliner has never been used … [Read more...]

Singapore PM chats with ASEAN journalists

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong joins ASEAN journalists for a group photo Within the framework of the 7th Asean Journalists' Meeting in Singapore, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on May 5th joined journalists from ASEAN member countries for an interview. Below are his answers to Thanh Nien's questions. Thanh Nien: Dear Mr Prime Minister, about the matter of youth. As we know, the youth play a role as the foundation of national development. For Singapore’s 50th anniversary celebrations, do you have any valuable advice to the youth? PM Lee Hsien Loong: They’re living in a very exciting age. They have enormous opportunities which the previous generation did not have. They may be anxious about competition, anxious about change, anxious that the future is not certain but in fact we have given them and they are well-prepared and probably better prepared than youth in many other countries to deal with the challenges ahead. Education, they have got resources, we an economy which … [Read more...]

Singaporean Prime Minister wishes to explore Vietnam’s Son Doong cave

(VOVworld) – Vietnamese Minister of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, Hoang Tuan Anh met with Singaporean President Tony Keng Yam and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on the sideline of the opening of Sea Games 28 on Friday. Minister Hoang Tuan Anh met with Singaporean President Tony Keng Yam Besides attending Sea Games, a Vietnamese working team had successfully organized a tourist promotion in Singapore. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said he was impressed by Vietnam's Son Doon cave Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said his country would enhance cooperation with Vietnam in culture, sports, and tourism in line with the Vietnam-Singapore bilateral strategic partnership. He said he was impressed by Vietnam’s Son Doong cave, the biggest cave in the world, and wanted to explore it if he visits Vietnam. … [Read more...]

Singapore PM Lee has successful operation for cancer

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has successfully undergone surgery for prostate cancer and is expected to make a full recovery, his office said on Monday. On Sunday, Lee's office announced he would have an operation on Monday to remove his prostate gland and would take a week of medical leave, with Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean heading the government. "The surgery went very smoothly, and he is expected to recover fully," Professor Christopher Cheng, the lead urologist at the Singapore General Hospital, was quoted as saying in a statement. Lee, 63, was previously diagnosed with lymphoma in 1992 but the cancer went into remission after successful chemotherapy. Cheng said there was no relationship between the previous lymphoma and the current prostate cancer. Lee's illness raises questions about the need for a public succession plan should he step down in future, as his ruling People's Action Party has not named a successor. "Given that prostate cancer is not … [Read more...]

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Vietnamese Ambassador to New Zealand takes office Vietnamese Ambassador Nguyen Viet Dung presented his credentials to Governor-General of New Zealand Jerry Mateparae at a ceremony in the capital Wellington on September 17 to start his working term there. Governor-General Mateparae congratulated Dung on his new mission while showing his delight that the two countries are carrying out the second phase (2013-2016) of their action plan together with activities to herald the 40 th anniversary of their diplomatic ties in 2015. He said he would ask relevant local agencies to wholeheartedly support the Ambassador to successfully accomplish his working tenure. For his part, Dung passed onto the regards from President Truong Tan Sang and other leaders to his host and briefed him of the country's socio-economic and international integration accomplishments as well as its future development goals and strategies. He pledged to undertake maximum efforts to deepen extensively and intensively … [Read more...]

Vietnam, Singapore strengthen security cooperation

(VOVworld)- Vietnam always attaches high importance to strengthening ties of friendship and cooperation with ASEAN countries including Singapore, said Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang while meeting with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in Singapore on Saturday. Minister Quang expressed his hope that Prime Minister Lee will continue to create favorable conditions for Singapore's Ministry of Home Affairs and law enforcement agencies to increase cooperation with the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security in crime prevention and control and security enhancement, contributing to the strategic partnership between the two countries. PM Lee Hsien Loong expressed his delight at close and effective cooperation between the two countries in general, and between Singapore's Ministry of Home Affairs and Vietnam's Ministry of Public Security in particular. The Singaporean Prime Minister said that the visit would contribute to enriching bilateral ties. … [Read more...]

Singapore, Vietnam sanguine of flourishing security cooperation

(VOV) - Vietnam always attaches high importance to strengthening ties of friendship and cooperation with ASEAN, especially Singapore, said Public Security Miniser Tran Dai Quang while meeting with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on September 19. Since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1973 bilateral cooperation and friendship between the two nations has developed strongly, Quang told the Singaporean PM. It has particularly blossomed since the strategic partnership was formed in September 2013 Prime Minister Loong said, singling out the fruitful relations between the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) and the Ministry of Home Affairs of Singapore (MHA). Quang expressed his hope that PM Lee will continue to create favourable conditions for the MHA and law enforcement agencies to increase cooperation with the Vietnamese MPS in crime prevention and control and security enhancement, contributing to a strategic partnership for peace and stability in the region and the … [Read more...]

Singapore, Vietnam sanguine of flourishing cooperation

(VOV) - Vietnam always attaches high importance to strengthening ties of friendship and cooperation with ASEAN, especially Singapore, said Public Security Miniser Tran Dai Quang while meeting with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on September 19. Since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1973 bilateral cooperation and friendship between the two nations has developed strongly, Quang told the Singaporean PM. It has particularly blossomed since the strategic partnership was formed in September 2013 Prime Minister Loong said, singling out the fruitful relations between the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) and the Ministry of Home Affairs of Singapore (MHA). Quang expressed his hope that PM Lee will continue to create favourable conditions for the MHA and law enforcement agencies to increase cooperation with the Vietnamese MPS in crime prevention and control and security enhancement, contributing to a strategic partnership for peace and stability in the region and the … [Read more...]

China-ASEAN Expo, the fruit of bilateral strategic partnership

Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh at the ceremony (Photo: VNA) The China-ASEAN Expo (CAEXPO), which has turned into the 11th year this year, constitutes the fruits of the two sides' strategic partnership, said Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh. The Vietnamese official was speaking at the CAEXPO's opening ceremony in China 's Nanning city on September 16, which also saw the attendance of the host country's Deputy Premier Zhang Gaoli , Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong , and Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, among others. He pinned his hope on the application of regional comprehensive economic partnership (RCEP) between ASEAN, China and other partners, which is, though, being negotiated. It will facilitate freer flows of goods, services, investments and human resources as well, creating integration-driven value chains and contributing to maintaining peace and stability for economic development in the region, he said. Minh called for … [Read more...]

Singapore to help India in smart cities project

External Affairs Minister of India, Sushma Swaraj On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral diplomatic ties between India and Singapore, External Affairs Minister of India, Sushma Swaraj, has made a working visit to Singapore. At the meetings with Singapore Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong, and eminent leaders, Mr. Swaraj reported on building 100 "Smart Cities" in India. Having allocated over Rs 7,000 in its development budget for 2014-2015, India hopes that 100 'smart cities', will take shape and that they could link with Singapore to glean their experience and expertise in the field of building 'Smart Cities'. "Singapore's expertise in smart cities, urban planning and water management strategies offer a valuable learning experience for India. We shall work to set up 'green field smart cities' for urban rejuvenation with our experts identifying the priorities necessary for timely delivery," Swarai said. Collaboration with Singapore for smart cities … [Read more...]

China’s apparent intentions emerge one month after oil-rig deployment

VietNamNet Bridge - As of June 1, it had been one month since China had deployed its illegal mobile oil rig HD-981 deep in the continental shelf and the exclusive economic (EEZ) of Vietnam. The HD-981 oil rig is located deep in the exclusive economic zone of Vietnam. Photo: Vietnam Coast Guard. On May 1, the China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) deployed the Haiyang Shiyou 981 oil rig in Vietnam's continental shelf and the exclusive economic zone and announced that it would maintain the oil rig until August 15. Vietnam stated that according to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982 (UNCLOS), the oil rig is located deep in the continental shelf and the EEZ of 200 nautical miles. Vietnam demanded China immediately remove its rig out of Vietnam's waters. In response, China said it is the normal exploitation of natural resources in the waters of China and slandered Vietnam as the aggressive party. China has continued to increase the number of its vessels, including … [Read more...]

Singapore PM: East Sea in ASEAN-China multi-faceted ties

The relations between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are multi-faceted and the East Sea is one, said Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in a recent interview to Japan's Nikkei media group. Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong the 2013 international conference on The Future of Asia. (Source: AFP/VNA) "It is an issue between China and ASEAN in the sense that ASEAN has an interest in the stability of the region and ASEAN is discussing a Code of Conduct with China and, in fact, ASEAN has a Declaration of Conduct with China," the PM said when he began his two-day visit to Japan to attend the international conference on The Future of Asia. So to that extent, ASEAN is engaged in this issue, he said, adding that it is one aspect of the relations between ASEAN and China. "There are many other aspects; many of them are very positive - cooperation, financial assistance, human resource development, trade and we have an ASEAN-China free trade agreement, … [Read more...]

ASEAN demands China honor 1982 UNCLOS

(VOVworld) - Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday commended a joint statement issued by ASEAN foreign ministers on the current East Sea situation. Though China views East Sea disputes as bilateral matters between China and the other countries involved, Lee said, Singapore and other ASEAN members agree that regional security and stability depend on what happens in the East Sea so the bloc must have a view. Singapore's Foreign Minister K. Shanmugam reiterated this stance during his US visit. He told reporters: "About regional issue in the East Sea, ASEAN foreign ministers have issued a statement. We don't want tension, instead, we want a Code of Conduct to progress the situation. We want a situation where parties resolve the disputes and differences in a way that is acceptable to all." Vinod Anand, Senior Fellow of the Vivekananda International Foundation in New Delhi, called China's action a violation of Vietnam's sovereignty and the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the … [Read more...]

Vietnam to apply proper, necessary measures to protect its legitimate rights in the East Sea

(VOVworld) - China's escort ships protecting drilling rig HD-981 have continued to prevent Vietnamese law enforcement forces to approach the drilling rig. The move goes against international law and seriously violates Vietnam's sovereignty over Hoang Sa and jurisdiction over its exclusive economic zone and continental shelf. Chinese ships have hit, rammed, and fired water cannons onto Vietnamese ships and deployed missile ships and helicopters to intimidate Vietnamese ships in Vietnamese waters. The Vietnamese and world community has continued to voice their protest at China's violation of Vietnamese sovereignty. Ho Chi Minh city's External Relations Department summoned a representative of the Chinese Consulate to express opposition to China's unilateral placement of drilling rig HD-981 and a large number of escort vessels in Vietnam's exclusive economic zone and continental shelf. Leaders of Ho Chi Minh city's External Relations Department said that China's action is illegal, … [Read more...]

Singapore banks wish to operate in Myanmar

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has expressed hopes that Myanmar would give serious consideration to Singapore banks to operate in the country when it opens its financial sector to foreigners. Talking to reporters on new areas of economic cooperation between Myanmar and Singapore, which were discussed during talks between the Singapore PM and Myanmar's President Thein Sein on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit in Myanmar on May 11, Lee said Myanmar is developing its financial sector and it will have to consider offering licences to foreign banks, and when it does so, of course, Singapore banks will be in the queue. "We hope they will be considered seriously because they have good propositions to offer Myanmar," he said The two leaders hoped to see increases in two-way trade and investments between Singapore and Myanmar and expansion of bilateral cooperation into new areas, including cooperation in legal sector. The PM noted that Singapore and Myanmar have inked a … [Read more...]

Singapore PM: ASEAN must have view on East Sea

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong told reporters on May 11 that ASEAN must have a view because the security and stability of the region depend on what happens in the East Sea. According to Singapore media, PM Lee commended the foreign ministers of the 10 ASEAN member states for issuing a joint statement on May 10 that called for the involved parties to exercise self-restraint and settle disputes through peaceful means. With regards to China 's statement that the East Sea issue is not a problem between China and ASEAN, he said this has always been China 's stand as it sees the disputes as a bilateral issue with the respective countries. The PM was quoted by the Singapore media as saying that ASEAN has to take an overall view on the disputes "because it is happening on our doorstep". "That is why the ASEAN foreign ministers put out a statement, and that is Singapore 's consistent, long-held and long-expressed position also," he added. On how realistic it would be for … [Read more...]

The Hague Nuclear Security Summit concludes

(VOVworld) - The 3rd Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) concluded in The Hague, the Netherlands, on Tuesday with the adoption of a final joint statement that underlines the need for closer international cooperation in securing nuclear materials. An overview of the summit (Photo: VNA) All countries affirmed their commitment to the common goal of non-proliferation and disarmament of nuclear weapons and the use of nuclear power for peaceful purposes only. The fourth summit will be held in Chicago, the US, in 2016. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and the Vietnamese delegation actively participated in all activities of the event. In his speeches at the summit, Prime Minister Dung showed the country's sense of responsibility and its active contributions to guaranteeing nuclear safety and security. Earlier, at the discussion session for a future mechanism for the NSS, Prime Minister Dung said that since it was launched in 2010, the Nuclear Security Summit has been a forum for … [Read more...]