Your browser does not support the audio element. Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has criticized the recent speech of his Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong, in which he had accused Vietnam of 'invading' Cambodia to overthrow the Khmer Rouge in 1979. Following a request from Singapore, the two premiers joined talks on Saturday afternoon, on the sidelines of the 34th ASEAN Summit in Bangkok, Thailand, which is scheduled for June 22 and 23. During their conversation, PM Phuc criticized the speech of PM Lee on May 31, in which he accused Vietnam of 'invading' Cambodia to topple the Khmer Rouge in 1979, according to the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The accusation was mentioned in PM Lee's remarks at the Shangri-La Dialogue as well as his Facebook status which was written to express condolences on the passing of former Thai PM Prem Tinsulanonda. According to the Vietnamese premier, history has proven that Singapore's judgments about the role of … [Read more...] about Vietnamese premier criticizes Singaporean PM’s ‘invasion’ statement during bilateral talks
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Vietnam’s agro-forestry-aquatic product import-export hits over $82bil Vietnam’s agro-forestry-aquatic product exports and imports were estimated at nearly 82.67 billion USD in the first 11 months of this year, up 24.7 percent annually. Of the figure, around 43.48 billion USD was worth of exports, up 14.2 percent while nearly 39.18 billion USD was from imports, up 39 percent, resulting in a trade surplus of roughly 4.3 billion USD, down 56.5 percent year-on-year. The US was the biggest export market of Vietnam with over 11.9 billion USD, or 27.5 percent of the market share. It was followed by China with around 8.4 billion USD, accounting for 19.2 percent, and Japan with nearly 3 billion USD, or 6.9 percent. Share plunge as Omicron worries local investors Vietnamese shares plunged on Friday as the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant dampened investor sentiment, triggering worries about hits to a nascent economic recovery. The market benchmark VN-Index on the Ho Chi … [Read more...] about VIETNAM BUSINESS NEWS DECEMBER 4
Asia was the first to experience the virus, the first to exit lockdown, and now has new spikes. Asia was the first place to experience the coronavirus, impose lockdowns and then emerge from them. It was also the first to experience new groups of infections, with clusters from nightclubs in Seoul, the Russia-China border, and elsewhere. Although it is early for conclusions, can lessons be learned? 1. Wave, spike or cluster - it's unavoidable Terms such as second wave, spikes or clusters of cases are bandied around, but what do they mean? Medically, a second wave refers to the resurgence of infection in a different part of a population after an initial decrease. The WHO says past pandemics have been characterised by "waves of activity spread over months". In Asia, we have been seeing isolated clusters and regional spikes in infection numbers. and it is hard to predict how they will develop. But for Jennifer Rohn, a cell biologist at University College, London, a second … [Read more...] about Coronavirus ‘second wave’: What lessons can we learn from Asia?
At the workshop (Photo: baoquocte.vn ) Hanoi (VNA) – An international workshop on the role of national action plans in promoting the women, peace and security (WPS) agenda was jointly held in Hanoi on December 7 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United Nations (UN) Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women ). The workshop offered a venue for sharing lessons and experience of experts from UN Women and UN agencies, and representatives of countries that have implemented national action plans on women, peace, and security, thus providing an overview and proposing initiatives for agencies and stakeholders in Vietnam about the possibility of developing its own national action plan. In his opening remarks, Assistant to the Foreign Minister and Director of the Department of International Organisations Do Hung Viet affirmed that Vietnam attaches special importance to ensuring gender equality and advancement of women in all social aspects, and … [Read more...] about Workshop promotes agenda on women, peace and security
In a plan submitted Tuesday, the ministry proposed that the resumption will be carried out with two trial phases. The first phase starting Dec. 15 will see flights resumed between Vietnam and San Francisco or Los Angeles (the U.S.), Singapore, Bangkok (Thailand), Phnom Penh (Cambodia), Vientiane (Laos), Beijing (China), Tokyo (Japan), Seoul (South Korea), and Taipei (Taiwan). Those are markets with the most important political and economic cooperation relations with Vietnam, with a high number of investors, experts, and laborers wishing to work and explore business investment opportunities in Vietnam, said the ministry. In addition, the number of Vietnamese citizens living, studying and working in those destinations are having a high demand for repatriation, it said. During the first phase, which is proposed to last two weeks, four flights will be operated on each route per week from either direction. Only Tan Son Nhat Airport in HCMC and Noi Bai in Hanoi will be serving … [Read more...] about Vietnam plans int’l flight resumption from Dec 15
Vietnam Economic Forum scheduled for December 5 The event will take place at the International Convention Centre in Hanoi on December 5 to review Vietnam’s economic development in 2020-2021, and policies adopted to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, it will give insight into the trend of economic restructuring and changes in production and business models due to pandemic impacts, along with policies that have been rolled out in the world to tackle COVID-19, thus withdrawing lessons for Vietnam in this regard. The organisers launched the official website of the forum, at diendankinhte.quochoi.vn, in Vietnamese and English languages. Reference exchange rate stays stable on Dec. 3 The State Bank of Vietnam set the daily reference exchange rate at 23,117 VND/USD on December 3, unchanged from the previous day. With the current trading band of +/-3 percent, the ceiling rate applicable to commercial banks during the day is 23,812 VND/USD and the floor … [Read more...] about VIETNAM BUSINESS NEWS DECEMBER 3