Barack Obama made history Tuesday, capturing the Democratic White House nomination as the first black candidate atop a major-party ticket, after a giant-slaying win over Hillary Clinton. "America, this is our moment. This is our time. Our time to turn the page on the policies of the past," Senator Obama, 46, said, after vanquishing the former first lady, on her own historic quest to be the first woman president. "Tonight, I can stand before you and say that I will be the Democratic nominee for president of the United States," Obama said, in one of the final acts of the longest, most expensive, and spellbinding nominating epic ever. Obama's momentous victory set up an intriguing general election clash with the 71-year-old Republican senator, John McCain. On November 4, voters must pick between Obama, a freshman senator and charismatic mixed-race standard-bearer of a new political generation, and McCain, a wounded Vietnam war hero asking for one final call to service. But Clinton, … [Read more...] about ‘This Is Our Moment:’ Obama’s Historic Victory
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Before leaving Ho Chi Minh City for Ha Noi to take office as State President, former Secretary of the HCMC Party Committee Nguyen Minh Triet visited his former teachers and spoke with the press in Ho Chi Minh City.The new leader of Viet Nam, accompanied by Minister of Education and Training Nguyen Thien Nhan, gathered with his primary school classmates at their teacher's house in Cu Chi District. "Our teachers Lam Ba Nhac and Pham Van Thanh taught us not only academic lessons, but moral philosophy also," President Nguyen Minh Triet said, expressing his gratitude to his 80-year-old teachers. At the threshold of Mr. Lam Ba Nhac's house, the president was moved as he recited a poem he learned in childhood "Keep trying until the big day comes…".Mr. Nguyen Minh Triet's elderly teacher recalled to him: "In those days you were very good at math. You always got top grades and found solutions to every problem". Then he looked at his former pupil, "In your table now there are many … [Read more...] about New President Says Goodbye to Ho Chi Minh City
Vietnam needs mass power and international power to protect its sovereignty over the East Sea and should stop underestimating corruption to prevent it, the new President Truong Tan Sang told news agencies Monday. The islands and sea sovereignty of any country is "holy and cannot be violated" and "any citizen of any country is aware of that," Mr. Sang said. To protect its sea and islands sovereignty, he said Vietnam needs to rely on three important foundation: laws, both national and international, history and the use of the sea and islands in reality. United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea issued in 1982 raises the permitted territorial waters from three to 12 nautical miles. The exclusive economic zone is raised to 200 sea miles and the continental shelf to 350 sea miles. Mr. Sang called it the result of a long fight of many small-sized countries. He said learge and small countries have different positions. "We are a small-sized country, so we have to rely on … [Read more...] about New President calls for mass power to protect sea sovereignty
Mr. Nguyen Minh Triet, who was elected Viet Nam's President on June 27, had a cordial meeting with reporters at the corridor of Ba Dinh Hall in Ha Noi after his election by legislators. He said he would bring the spirit of reform to national development with his experience as the leader of Ho Chi Minh City, the most dynamic city in the country. Tien Phong Newspaper: What do you plan to do first as the President to help glorify Viet Nam, as you said? Mr Triet: There are lots of things for me to do. First, I have to rapidly get used to the new job. Then, I have to place special focus on the APEC Summit in Ha Noi late this year. This is the first challenge I will face. Then, I will have to fulfill the 12 tasks stipulated by the Constitution, concentrating on judicial reforms and administrative reforms. Being a President is new to me so I have to work and at the same time learn on the job. Tien Phong Newspaper: You said you would have to work hard in the new … [Read more...] about New President: I Bring Spirit of Reform to National Development
South Korean expatriates in Vietnam hope that their home country will become a more prosperous nation where women's rights are much improved under the leadership of Park Geun Hye, the first female president in the nationa's history, who officially took office on February 24. Mandy Kim, a South Korean expat living in Ho Chi Minh City: Ms. Park was elected as a new president of South Korea, and this could be a big issue because she is the first WOMAN Korean president. She is also an exceptional person who is a daughter of a Korean ex-president, Mr. Park Jeong Hee. Historically, Mr. Park is a famous ex-president. Some Koreans judge his achievements, but some don't. In spite of harsh criticism, she was elected with South Korean's hope. She is involved in the party of power, so many people doubted her candidacy. All Koreans are watching her and expect her to work sincerely for South Korea's stability, economy, relationships with other countries, etc. We are the majority of the people … [Read more...] about What do S. Korean expats expect from new president?