Minister of Foreign Affairs Bùi Thanh Sơn and Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Motegi Toshimits shake hands online. VNA/VNS Photo HÀ NỘI — Minister of Foreign Affairs Bùi Thanh Sơn yesterday affirmed that the partnership between ASEAN and Japan over the past five decades had been a 'heart-to-heart' relationship and had grown stronger even in the most difficult times. Sơn, who holds the role of coordinating ASEAN – Japan relations, made the statement while co-chairing the online conference of ASEAN-Japan Foreign Ministers as part of the ongoing 54th ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting with the Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Toshimitsu Motegi. Sơn said that during the past three years, the two sides had cooperated well on potential opportunities and overcome many challenges, especially in their response to the COVID-19 pandemic. They had continued to expand and deepen cooperation with many important outcomes. The Japanese Foreign Minister affirmed that Japan … [Read more...] about ASEAN and Japan developed “heart to heart” relations over the past years: ministers
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UK Government presents VN with 415,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine The Ministry of Health on Tuesday received 415,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine as donation from the British Government. The vaccine was presented by David McNaught, political counsellor of the Embassy of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Việt Nam, in a reception ceremony held at the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology in Hà Nội. Representative of the Vietnamese health ministry said that over the past 50 years, co-operation between Việt Nam and the UK had been constantly expanded and developed, and the two had become important strategic partners to each other. In the field of health, the two sides were implementing very effective joint activities through Government agencies, NGOs and other organisations focusing on areas such as epidemiology, tropical diseases, infectious diseases, digital health and human resource training. The activities were providing valuable, meaningful … [Read more...] about VIETNAM NEWS HEADLINES AUGUST 3
China-ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting held virtually on Tuesday. — VNA/VNS Photo Phạm Kiên HÀ NỘI — Vietnamese Minister of Foreign Affairs Bùi Thanh Sơn attended the ASEAN-China Foreign Ministers’ Meeting held virtually on Tuesday, within the framework of the 54th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting (AMM-54), to discuss COVID-19, trade and the South China Sea dispute. Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi said ASEAN always played an important role in China's periphery diplomacy, China had always supported ASEAN Community building efforts and ASEAN centrality and wished to elevate the strategic partnership on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the relationship this year. The official said China-ASEAN relations continued to achieve important results in the spirit of friendly neighbourliness and partnership, in the timely and effective response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and efforts to promote commerce investment. China also announced it had supplied 119 million doses of COVID-19 … [Read more...] about Parties in the South China Sea need to show “goodwill and cooperative spirit”: Foreign minister
During an interview granted to the media on the outcomes of the visits, Quan said they were the first visits to Europe and Latin America by the Party chief during the 12th National Party Congress tenure. The France official visit took place at a time when the two countries are celebrating the 45th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties and the fifth anniversary of bilateral strategic partnership. It aimed to create a new framework, orientations and driving force to further deepen bilateral strategic partnership, especially in trade and investment. Meanwhile, the Cuba State visit marked the first high-level meeting between the two countries since Leader Fidel Castro Ruz passed away. It took place at a time when Cuba recently successfully held the election of all-level People’s Councils and legislature for the 2018-2023 and strives to launch the policy of updating socio-economic development. The visit vividly reflected friendship and solidarity between the two Parties, States and … [Read more...] about Party chief’s visits bolster ties with France, Cuba: Party official
Authorities in Vietnam encourage all residents to get vaccinated for COVID-19 to protect their heath and have yet to fine anyone for refusing inoculation. According to Dang Thanh Huyen, an official from the Expanded Program on Immunization, the Law on Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases stipulates that competent authorities have the right to require people, especially those in virus epicenters, to receive vaccination. However, Vietnamese authorities only encourage residents to get vaccinated for their own safety and have yet to impose any penalty on those who refuse inoculation. COVID-19 vaccination has been expedited across the country, especially in southern localities where the pandemic has become very serious and complicated. During previous inoculation campaigns, a number of people did not receive the shots when they were given the opportunities, Huyen said, adding that they either refused vaccination or were not healthy enough to receive the jabs. In Ho Chi … [Read more...] about Will I get fined for refusing COVID-19 vaccination in Vietnam?