Daily Archives: August 3, 2018

Vietnam, India hold defense policy dialogue

The Vietnam Defense Ministry considers cooperation with India a top priority and spares no effort to help it grow, said Vietnamese Deputy Minister Nguyen Chi Vinh at the 11th Vietnam-India defense policy dialogue in New Delhi, India, on Wednesday.

At the meeting, Indian Defense Secretary Sanjay Mitra said the dialogue is an important mechanism for the two countries to implement agreements secured by their leaders to develop the Vietnam-India comprehensive strategic partnership. They agreed to continue implementing deals such as the declaration of a joint vision for Vietnam-India defense relations for 2015-2020, and increase delegation exchanges, consultations and dialogue mechanisms, as well as cooperation in human resources training, the defense industry, IT, and peacekeeping missions.

Source: VOV5

Deputy PM calls for coordinated measures to get “yellow card” on IUU fishing removed

Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung on Friday chaired an online conference on urgent measures to get the European Commission’s yellow card warning removed.

Mr. Dung acknowledged efforts by ministries, sectors, and localities in fighting illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing as well as obstacles that need to be overcome. He urged for urgent measures to implement recommendations on IUU made by the EC towards sustainable fishery.

Deputy Prime Minister Dung pointed out fishermen’s low awareness of law obedience, resulting in overfishing, exploiting banned marine resources, and encroaching foreign waters: The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, other ministries, and the People’s Committees of 28 coastal cities and provinces from Quang Ninh to Kien Giang should strictly implement the Prime Minister’s Degree 45 on fighting illegal fishing. Ministries and localities should consider this a top political task to prevent the EC from issuing the red card and to get the EC lift its yellow card.

Late last October, the EC imposed a yellow card warning on Vietnam’s seafood for failing to make progress in fighting illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

Source: VOV5

Vietnam, New Zealand step up defence ties

Senior Lieutenant General Phan Van Giang has highlighted the fruitful defence collaboration between Vietnam and New Zealand in various fields, matching the memorandum of understanding on defence cooperation signed by the two countries in 2013 and their comprehensive partnership.

Mr. Giang, who is Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army, hosted a reception for Major General Tony Davies, Vice Chief of New Zealand’s Defence Force, in Hanoi on Thursday.

Mr. Giang noted that defence ties have contributed to enhancing friendship between the armies of the two countries. General Davies applauded the achievements in socio-economic development and national defence that the Vietnamese people and army have recorded under the renewal process, adding that he hopes Vietnam will have continued success.

Earlier, General Davies held talks with General Pham Ngoc Minh, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army.

Source: VOV5

Defence ministry helps Laos recover from dam collapse

The Vietnamese Ministry of Defence donated 50,000 USD in relief aid to the Lao government and people following the collapse of the Sepian Senamnoi hydroelectric dam.

Deputy Minister Tran Don handed the donation to Lao Deputy Ambassador to Vietnam Viengsay Dalasan on Thursday. Mr. Don said Vietnam has sympathy for any losses by their Lao counterparts, adding that the Ministry has directed the High Command of Vietnam’s Military Region 5 to continue to assist rescue and relief efforts in Attapeu province.

Source: VOV5

Music show raises 1.8 million USD for seas, islands

More than 1.8 million USD was raised for the National Seas and Islands Foundation during a music show in Ho Chi Minh City on Thursday.

Performances praising the seas, islands and patriotism were staged by artists who recently visited Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago and other islands southeast of the mainland. The event also include the exchange with naval soldiers who defend Vietnam’s sea and island sovereignty. The money will be used to aid naval soldiers, border and coastal guards, fishery surveillance staff, fishermen, and other people living in border areas and islands.

Source: VOV5

Lower Mekong Initiative Meeting opens

The 11th Lower Mekong Initiative Ministerial Meeting (LMI) opens in Singapore on Friday, involving Foreign Ministers from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, the US, and the ASEAN Secretary General.

They approved the restructuring of the Lower Mekong Initiative into two cooperative pillars. The first pillar of this restructuring process focuses on water resources, energy, food, and the environment. .

The second pilar is human development and connectivity. Gender equality, women empowerment, and public-private partnerships will be integrated into other LMI activities. The meeting adopted a joint statement, documents on LMI restructure, and an LMI Action program for 2016-2020.

Source: VOV5

ASEAN Foreign Ministers meet Australian, US counterparts

The ASEAN-Australian Foreign Ministers’ Meeting affirmed the good bilateral relationship between the nations, looking towards the celebration of 45 years of diplomatic ties in 2019. The Ministers recalled the Sydney Declaration and commitments at the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit in March to enhance cooperation in politics, security, economics, culture, and people exchange.

ASEAN and US Foreign Ministers affirmed the importance of strategic partnerships, and made positive assessments on political-security, the economy, and cultural-social cooperation. The US appreciated ASEAN-China’s negotiation on the Code of Conduct of Parties in the East Sea with respect to international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

The US remains steadfast in its support for peaceful solutions for East Sea disputes based on international law, the importance of freedom of navigation and aviation in the East Sea, respecting national sovereignty, and non-militarization of the region.

Source: VOV5