Addressing the opening ceremony, Vietnamese Ambassador to India, Ton Sinh Thanh said the art works demonstrated different aspects and the beauty of Vietnam, helping international friends to better understand about the people and culture of Vietnam. The Ambassador noted that the exhibition, along with other cultural activities to be held in India this year, will be a good opportunity to promote the bilateral cultural co-operation, one of the five pillars of the comprehensive strategic partnership between Vietnam and India. Artist Nguyen Quy Kien noted that the exhibition displays 45 paintings and 45 art photographs produced by 20 Vietnamese contemporary artists and photographers from across Vietnam which are diversified in genre including lacquer, oil painting and abstract painting, among others. Kien said this was the second time he visited India and was impressed by Indian artists, hoping that artists from the two countries will have more opportunities to meet and exchange to gain an understanding of the arts of the two countries. IGNCA Member Secretary, Dr. Sachchidanand Joshi was delighted when attending the exhibition, saying that Vietnam and India had close cultural ties and shared many similarities. President of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Prof. Lokesh Chandra highlighted the long-lasting traditional friendship of the two countries and thanked Vietnamese artists for sharing their special art works with Indian people. The event will conclude on January 10.... [read more]
Representatives of Vietnamese people in Laos offer incense to commemorate martyrs at the Laos-Vietnam Fighting Alliance monument (Photo: VNA) Vientiane (VNA) – The Vietnamese Embassy and Vietnamese people in Laos offered incense to heroic martyrs at the Laos-Vietnam Fighting Alliance monument in Keun village of Thoulakhom district, Laos’s Vientiane province, on July 23. The activity took place ahead of the 70th anniversary of the War Invalids and Martyrs Day of Vietnam (July 27, 1947). It saw the participation of representatives of the Vietnamese Embassy, the associations of Vietnamese people in Laos, the Association of Vietnamese Investors in Laos, the Vientiane provincial administration, and the Lao War Veterans’ Association. Addressing the ceremony, Vietnamese Ambassador Nguyen Ba Hung said the two countries are celebrating 55 years of the establishment of their diplomatic ties and 40 years of the signing of the Vietnam-Laos Treaty of Amity and Cooperation. Countless Vietnamese and Lao soldiers laid down their lives for the countries’ peace, independence and special relationship, he said, adding that those enormous sacrifices nurtured peace and aspiration and created the close-knit solidarity between the two countries. [Ceremony grants certificates honouring 498 fallen soldiers] He pledged that younger generations of both nations will make all-out efforts to promote that special relationship and develop their respective countries. Located about 70km to the north of Vientiane capital city, the Laos-Vietnam Fighting Alliance monument in Keun village was built by the Lao War Veterans’ Association and the Vietnamese community in the …... [read more]
NDO/VNA – The Vietnamese Embassy and Vietnamese people in Laos offered incense in remembrance of heroic martyrs at the Laos-Vietnam Fighting Alliance monument in Keun village of Thoulakhom district, Vientiane province, Laos, on July 23. The activity took place ahead of the 70th anniversary of the Wounded and Fallen Soldiers’ Day of Vietnam (July 27, 1947). The event was attended by representatives of the Vietnamese Embassy, the associations of Vietnamese people in Laos, the Association of Vietnamese Investors in Laos, the Vientiane provincial administration, and the Lao War Veterans’ Association. Addressing the ceremony, Vietnamese Ambassador Nguyen Ba Hung said that the two countries are celebrating 55 years since the establishment of their diplomatic ties and 40 years since the signing of the Vietnam-Laos Treaty of Amity and Cooperation. Countless Vietnamese and Lao soldiers laid down their lives for the countries’ peace, independence and special relationship, he said, adding that those enormous sacrifices nurtured peace and aspirations and created the close-knit solidarity that exists between the two countries. He pledged that younger generations of both nations will make all-out efforts to promote that special relationship and develop their respective countries. Located about 70km to the north of the capital city, Vientiane, the Laos-Vietnam Fighting Alliance monument in Keun village was built by the Lao War Veterans’ Association and the Vietnamese community in the country. It aims to commemorate 28 soldiers of the Laos-Vietnam Fighting Alliance who died while protecting the capital of Vientiane in early 1946. …... [read more]
President Truong Tan Sang has successfully concluded his official visit to Singapore, his first foreign one as a State leader. He is also the first foreign leader having arrived in Singapore since Tony Tan Keng Yam was elected as Singaporean President. Singapore is widely known for its wonderful success in building the country. From a poor fishing village in the early 20th century as small as Vietnam’s Phu Quoc island and endowed with only seafood and deep-water ports, Singapore has emerged as a Dragon in Asia with GDP per capita of over US$38,000 in 2010. During his two-day visit to Singapore, President Sang and his entourage enjoyed the warm feelings of Singaporean people, who wish to strengthen the friendship and mutual trust between the two countries. At a grand banquet in the Istana Presidential Palace, President Tony Tan Keng Yam said he was really impressed by Vietnam’s developments since he last visited the country in 1996 as Singaporean Deputy Prime Minister cum Minister of Defence. For his part, President Sang recalled the experience in public management he had learnt from an exchange visit to Singapore in 1998. Former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, who is the chief-architect of the modern Singapore, told President Sang that he considers himself as a friend of Vietnam. He discussed with Mr. Sang the prospect of economic development and other regional issues of mutual concern, including the East Sea situation. During talks Mr. Sang and Singaporean leaders agreed that it is high time to raise…... [read more]
Speaking at the tribute, CPI Secretary General Sudhakar Reddy and former CPI leader A.B. Bardhan recalled fond memories of President Ho and India’s late Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru who laid the cornerstones for the foundation of the two nation’s sustainable bilateral relationship. Vietnamese ambassador to India Nguyen Thanh Tan mirrored their admiration for President Ho saying the fruitful Vietnam-India relations over past decades resulted from both the great contributions of President Ho Chi Minh and Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, and the generations of the two countries’ leaders that followed in their footsteps. As the two most dynamic economies in Asia, Vietnam and India have seen fine development in their strategic partnership in a host of fields over recent years- politics, economics, national defence, security, trade, education, and science and technology. Last year two-way trade turnover was estimated at US$5.3 billion which is forecast to explode to over US$7 billion this year, Tan stated. The Vietnamese diplomat also spoke to CPI officials about the serious situation in the East Sea after China illegally deployed its Haiyang Shiyou-981 oil rig in Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone and continental shelf. China’s actions are a clear and unequivocal violation of international laws, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC). So far, China has sent more than 130 ships, including military ships and aircraft to protect its oil rig in Vietnam’s territorial waters, threatening peace, stability and maritime…... [read more]
Addressing a Paris seminar on June 17 discussing the East Sea territorial dispute and China’s recent illegal and aggressive actions, they called on other European nations and the US to raise their collective voice in unison, opposing China’s hegemonic policy. Vietnamese Ambassador to France Duong Chi Dung recalled China’s illegal placement of its floating drilling rig Haiyang Shiyou-981 deep inside Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and continental shelf, saying this action is threatening peace and stability, as well as safety, security and freedom of navigation and aviation in the region. He said that China has deployed a fleet of vessels, including warships, and aircraft to protect the oil rig. These vessels intimidated and attacked Vietnamese law enforcement boats, injuring sailors and damaging their property. They even sank a Vietnamese fishing boat. General Daniel Schaeffer, former French military attaché to China, Thailand and Vietnam, said China’s oil rig deployment in Vietnam’s EEZ was part of its ambition to legalise the so-called groundless nine-dash line in the East Sea. He said China’s move violates international law and the 2002 ASEAN-China Declaration on the Law of the Sea (DOC) and parties concerned cannot sit at the negotiating table if the nine-dash line is not clarified and addressed properly.... [read more]
Speaking at the meeting on May 21, Vietnamese ambassador to Japan Doan Xuan Hung affirmed that the fine Vietnam-Japan relations have laid a solid foundation for the development of the tourism in both countries. Launching two more air routes will further facilitate not only boosting tourism but also contribute to tightening the friendship between the peoples of the two nations and strengthen mutual understanding, he said. According to official statistics, Japanese tourism to Vietnam has seen an incremental uptrend over recent years. In 2013, Vietnam welcomed over 600,000 Japanese visitors, up 4.8% compared to the same period last year. Additionally, ambassador Hung requested the Japanese Government ease visa regulations to facilitate travel by Vietnamese to Japan. He voiced his hope that the launch of the new routes by the airline provides fresh impetus to developing trade ties between Vietnam and Japan in the coming time. Hoang Thanh Quy, Director of the Vietnam Airlines’ branch office in Japan, said the Hanoi-Haneda air route will begin as of July 1 with seven flights per week. The Da Nang-Narita route will kick off as of July 16 with four flights per week, he said. The additional air routes will bring the total number of weekly flights to Japan to 62, he said adding that the route linking Da Nang to Tokyo will contribute to the transformation of Da Nang and central provinces into attractive international tourism centres.... [read more]
Speaking at the forum, the Vietnamese Ambassador to Indonesia briefed those in attendance on the state of affairs of Vietnam-Indonesia relations. Representatives from the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) in turn made presentations touting Vietnam’s advantages and attractiveness as an investment destination, highlighting the huge economic potential in the tourism sector. Representatives from the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) accentuated the Indonesian government’s support policies towards small and medium-sized enterprises, especially tourism businesses. The event, widely covered by The Jakarta Post and Antara News agencies, attracted leading Indonesian businesses in the fields of tourism, restaurants, and hotels.... [read more]
Addressing the opening ceremony, the President of Sri Lanka’s National Chamber of Commerce, Asoka Hettigoda, emphasized that as a branch of the chamber, the council aims to expanding the relationship between Vietnam and Sri Lanka, as well as economic cooperation, by bringing the business communities of both countries closer together. He underlined that since the 17 major Sri Lankan businesses visited Vietnam last year, several of them have established a business relationship with Vietnamese partners and have already become members of the council. Vietnamese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Ton Sinh Thanh applauded the inception of the council, describing it as an important event which will herald in new developments in bilateral trade, investment and tourism cooperation. He praised the efforts made by the business communities from both countries, especially Sri Lanka’s National Chamber of Commerce, which has contributed significantly to increasing two-way trade in recent years. Last year, bilateral trade reached US$113.2 million and is estimated to rise to US$150 million this year. Thanh said that he hopes that the council will promote its role and exploit the potential of each country, strengthening cooperation between the two businesses circles. He stated that the Vietnamese Embassy in Sri Lanka will support and create the best possible conditions for Sri Lankan businesses to seek out opportunities in Vietnam.... [read more]
An agreement to this effect was signed in Bologna, the capital city of Emilia-Romagna on March 12 by Vietnamese ambassador to Italy Nguyen Hoang Long and representatives of the administrative region. They also signed another document to increase bilateral cooperation in economics and trade. The office, a Vietnamese-run model, will be allowed to have direct access to Italy’s business connectivity system. The facility, which is funded by Emilia-Romagna, will help local and Vietnamese companies seek business partnerships in each other’s markets, as well as attracting investment capital and technology from Emilia-Romagna into Vietnam. Both sides discussed a number of measures to increase cooperation between Vietnam and Emilia-Romagna after both countries agreed to raise their relationship to the strategic partnership level in January 2013. The Italian region will prioritise technology transfer and human resources training for Vietnam to support the country’s growth renewing model. It will provide vocational training services for Vietnamese workers, primarily in the mechanical engineering and manufacturing industries, as part of the Vietnam-Italy efforts to establish exemplary research and training centres at the national level. The representatives of Emilia-Romagna announced their decision to select Vietnam as one of the region’s key markets for investment cooperation in 2013. Both sides agreed to work closely to celebrate 40 years of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and Italy in 2013. Accordingly, a Vietnam Week will be held in Bologna from May 3-11 to feature a diverse range of activities, including photo and cultural space exhibitions, talkshows on Vietnam’s land and people, and…... [read more]
New Delhi (VNA) – An exhibition of contemporary Vietnamese photography opened on January 5 at the Indira Gandhi National Centre in New Delhi, India.
It is the first among activities held by the Vietnamese Embassy in India and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations in 2017 to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the two countries’ diplomatic ties (January 7, 1972 – January 7, 2017) and 10 years of their strategic partnership (2007-2017).
The exhibition displays 45 artworks and 45 photographs by 20 Vietnamese artists, featuring the beauty, culture and people of Vietnam.
The event and other activities in India will boost cultural relations between the two nations, one of five pillars in the partnership between Vietnam and India, said Vietnamese Ambassador to India Ton Sinh Thanh at the opening ceremony.
The exhibition runs from January 5-10.-VNA