Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau kicked off celebrations on Saturday to mark the country's 150th birthday amid heavy security as many citizens braved incessant rains and long delays to reach the main site in the nation's capital. About 500,000 people were expected to be in Ottawa for the long-anticipated Canada Day festivities, which features a large outdoor celebration in front of the national Parliament, complete with acrobats, fireworks and musicians including Irish singer Bono and other members of rock band U2. Trudeau, accompanied by Britain's Prince Charles, shook hands with some of the thousands of revelers who converged on Canada's capital Ottawa. "Canada is a country made strong not in spite of our differences but because of them," Trudeau told the gathering. "We don't aspire to be a melting pot – indeed, we know true strength and resilience flows through Canadian diversity." Britain's Prince Charles meets with Canada's Prime … [Read more...] about On rainy 150th birthday, nation celebrates the meaning of Canada
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The Hanoitimes - On May 23, Vietnam’s Minister of Foreign Affair announced the official visit of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc to U.S (from May 29 – 31). Specifically, taking the invitation of U.S President Donald Trump, Mr Phuc will pay official three-day visit to U.S at the end of this May. Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc In advance, White House spokesman Sean Spicer also announced that U.S. President will welcome Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in this capital on May 31. According to the spokesman, during the meeting at the executive mansion the leaders will discuss ways to strengthen the relations ,between both countries. Also, adds the source, Trump hopes to deepen cooperation with one of the most important partners of the United States in Southeast Asia. On April 20, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for that region, Patrick Murphy, announced that the U.S. ruler will travel to Vietnam in November for the Asia-Pacific Economic … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s Prime Minister to visit U.S.
HÀ NỘI - Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc held a reception for former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien in the capital on Thursday. During the meeting, Phúc affirmed that Việt Nam treasures its traditional relation with Canada and wants to boost multi-faceted co-operation with the North American nation, making contributions to maintaining regional and global peace. Phúc lauded significant contributions made by the former Canadian leader to promoting the relation between the two countries. He said Việt Nam wishes to co-operate with Canada in airport construction and management as Vietnamese airports are facing overload in runways, parking lots and terminals. The Vietnamese leader stressed that fostering trade and investment is key to relations between the two nations. On the occasion, Phúc invited Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to attend APEC 2017 and make an official visit to Việt Nam. For his part, Jean Chretien pinned his hope that this trip to Việt Nam would open … [Read more...] about PM Phúc welcomes former Canadian Prime Minister
Says the country should not allow key sectors to fall into foreign hands. Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has spoken out about new trade policies adopted by U.S. President Donald Trump's administration, saying they will have a huge impact on Vietnam’s export-driven economy. At a Monday press briefing, Phuc said that Trump’s protectionism would affect Vietnam’s exports and foreign investment, and is likely to increase inflation and foreign exchange rates. In order to maintain growth and control inflation, Vietnam will need to look for strong and specific solutions, the report said. He said the country should try and raise private contributions to GDP from the current 32 percent to 35 percent, and boost the mining industry. Phuc also said Vietnam must not allow key economic sectors to fall into foreign hands. Trump took office in January and quickly withdrew from the Trans Pacific Partnership, which involved 11 other members, including Australia, … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s Prime Minister speaks out over Trump’s protectionism policies
Prime Minister urges active bird flu prevention Hoang Nhung HCMC - The Prime Minister, worried over the rapid spread of bird flu in neighboring China, on March 27 issued Order 427/CD-TTg urging relevant agencies to enhance supervision to prevent the H7N9 strain of the bird flu virus and other strains from spreading to Vietnam. The Government leader asked central and local agencies to strictly monitor people coming from infected areas to Vietnam through border gates and border crossings, and map out solutions to timely deal with cases of humans infected with H7N9. Such authorities are also told to actively take poultry and environment samples for testing to detect H7N9 and other bird flu virus strains, and should have plans to temporarily close down poultry markets once the H7N9 virus is detected there. According to the Department of Animal Health, the risks of H7N9, H5N2 and H5N8 spreading to Vietnam are high, especially via legal and illegal poultry trading, transport and … [Read more...] about Prime Minister urges active bird flu prevention