Vietnam, Germany want stronger strategic partnership

German President Joachim Gauck and Vietnamese State President Truong Tan Sang (R) review the guard of honor in Berlin on November 25 - PHOTO: TTXVN

Dinh Duy President Sang is in Germany for a three-day State visit at the invitation of his German counterpart Joachim Gauck. This is the first visit by a Vietnamese President to Germany since the European country was reunified and it is concurrent with the 40th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties between the two nations. In their talks in Berlin, President Gauck said he was impressed by Vietnam’s socioeconomic and international integration achievements. Germany considers Vietnam a long-term partner on the basis of mutual benefits. The Vietnamese head of state stressed that Germany is one of Vietnam’s most important trade partners. Both countries have cooperated in various fields such as trade, technology, environment, education and vocational training. The two leaders agreed that the two countries need to strengthen exchanges of visits and implement bilateral cooperative mechanisms to create new momentum for a stronger strategic partnership in the coming … [Read more...]

Mining stocks spur market rally

Kim Ngan Closing the day, the VN-Index edged up 1.87 points (0.31%) against the previous session to 595.7. Trading volume dropped 15% to 143.8 million shares and value reached nearly VND2.3 trillion (US$102.2 million), down 15%. Matched volume slid 6.5% to 141 million units. Blue-chips like GAS and VNM were the major contributors to the market rise. In contrast, the banking sector was a major dragger, taking away 1.4% from the main index. VNM gained 1.6% after having lost for a few sessions though its matched volume fell slightly against the previous two sessions. GAS added 1% as ICE Brent has surged 3% on world markets, the biggest one-day gain in three weeks as tensions are escalating between Russia and Turkey following the downing of a Russian Air Force Sukhoi Su-24 jet by Turkish F-16 fighters, said Viet Capital Securities Company. Meanwhile, Hoang Anh Gia Lai Agricultural Company (HNG) was up almost 4%, becoming the second largest index contributor since foreigners … [Read more...]

Ambulance boat arrives at New World Saigon

The Saigon Times Daily The boat will be displayed at the lobby of the New World Saigon Hotel until December 4 and will then be transported to Ben Tre Province and to the south to Thanh Hai island region, where it will be put to good use as a floating ambulance, a much needed emergency vehicle along the Mekong River Delta region. The floating ambulance boat is equipped with a comprehensive list of emergency equipment giving it the necessary tools to potentially save lives and transporting patients in a region that is completely surrounded by water. Some of the equipment included will service a medical clinic and the vessel itself, including a portable respirator, oxygen, blood pressure monitoring equipment, defibrillator and general medical supplies. The vessel is able to hold four to five people standing or sitting and comes with a specialized stretcher. David Wicker, general manager of the New World Saigon Hotel, said in a statement that they were proud to be a part of this … [Read more...]

Hanoi opens Vietwater 2015 and energy exhibition

Deputy Minister of Construction Phan Thi My Linh and delegates visit the exhibition.

The Hanoitimes - The 7th Vietnam Water Expo and Forum (Vietwater 2015) and the first Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency exhibition was organised at the Vietnam Exhibition Fair Centre, Hanoi from November 25-27. Vietwater 2015 and the Renewable Energy Programme and Energy Efficiency Event, attracts the participation of over 380 enterprises from 35 countries and territories worldwide, including Australia, Belgium, China, Finland, France, Hungary, Japan, the Republic of Korea and Singapore. Advanced technologies applied in energy and water supply and sewage will be introduced during the event. The exhibition makes a good opportunity for both domestic and foreign businesses to boost cooperation in order to develop further the water and energy sectors. Addressing the event, Deputy Minister of Construction Phan Thi My Linh said that water and energy are the two urgent issues in Vietnam as well as in other countries amid rapid urbanisation. She added that global demand for … [Read more...]

President Truong Tan Sang held talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel

President Truong Tan Sang held talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel

The Hanoitimes - Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed President Truong Tan Sang paying State visit to Germany on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries. Continuing the program of State visit to Germany, President Truong Tan Sang held talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and then worked with German Minister of Foreign Affairs Frank -Walter Steinmeier. The Vietnamese leader expressed his wish that Germany will maintain its position as Vietnam’s leading European partner in trade-investment, science-technology, education-training, vocational training and employment cooperation. The development of Vietnam-Germany ties in both depth and width has great significance for Vietnam when the country is speeding up its international economic integration and major bilateral and multilateral free trade agreements, of which the Vietnam-EU Free Trade Agreement is a high priority, he said. Chancellor Angela Merkel said … [Read more...]

Hanoi – Fukuoka cooperation achieves positive results

City Council Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Bich Ngoc received Chairman Fukuoka Prefecture - Mr Tadatoshi Inoue

The Hanoitimes - City Council Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Bich Ngoc on November 26 had a meeting with Fukuoka council delegation, led by Mr. Tadatoshi Inoue - Chairman of the Council, are visiting and working in Hanoi. At the meeting, the two sides stressed that the content of cooperation signed between Hanoi and Fukuoka have been implemented actively and effectively. Fukuoka's Chairman - Mr.Tadatoshi Inoue also highly appreciated the performance of the exchange program "Hanoi Cultural Days" taking place in Fukuoka in August, 2015, while requesting Hanoi to enable 300 Japanese high school students to practically experience to learn more about Hanoi in the near future. Besides, Chairman Inoue also expressed his confidence that the delegation's visit to Hanoi with the participation of over 10 members, including parliamentarians, businesses, large investors in various fields, will open many opportunities for cooperation and new investment between the province and the city. Agreeing with … [Read more...]

Hanoi among 10 most beautiful destinations in Southeast Asia

Hanoi is selected in the list of 10 most beautiful destinations in Southeast Asia by the USA Today.

The Hanoitimes - Hanoi, Halong Bay and Hoi An has been selected in the top 10 most beautiful destinations in Southeast Asia, according to USA Today newspaper. Ranked in the list of 10 most beautiful destinations in Southeast Asia, USA Today writes that Hanoi is noisy, crowded, busy and motorbike-clogged but the capital of Vietnam still has its own charm, visitors may see locals taking tai-chi lessons in beautiful parks or street vendors carrying fresh fruits and flowers in their baskets. For the scene of Halong Bay, the USA Today describes that with its exceptional scenic beauty and outstanding geological values, the destination is one of the most beautiful places in South East Asia. According to the newspaper, the bay features thousands of giant limestone karst islands in various sizes and shapes. In 2011 the magnificent landmark of Vietnam was declared as one of the "New Seven Natural Wonders of The World." The USA Today also described the bay has calm waters with beautiful … [Read more...]

German, Vietnamese artists to perform “Fisherman and a Golden Fish” play

Photo for illustration

The Hanoitimes - After the first joint-effort of the play entitled Caucasian Chalk Circle in 2014, the Hanoi-based Youth Theatre are cooperating with German director Dominik Gunther from Hamburg and puppeteers from Dresden to stage a play entitled Fisherman and a Golden Fish. Fisherman and a Golden Fish play is a combination of a fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm and a popular story in Vietnam. The play also utilizes audio clips, allowing the audience to hear voices of Vietnamese and German children. A German and Vietnamese language version of the play will be performed in April 2016 with the puppeteers from Dresden. This is a cooperation project between the Hanoi-based Youth Theatre and Germany's Dresden young Theatre with support of the Goethe Institute in Hanoi, aiming to foster cultural exchanges and share experiences on stage art between artists and children of Vietnam and Germany. The Fisherman and a Golden Fish play is to be performed at the Youth Theatre, 11 Ngo Thi … [Read more...]

Vietnam supports peaceful East Sea dispute settlement

Vietnam pursues the consistent policy of settling the dispute in the East Sea by peaceful means in line with international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, Foreign Ministry’s spokesman Le Hai Binh told the regular press conference in Hanoi on November 26. His statement was in response to reporters’ queries about Vietnam’s position on the ongoing hearings regarding the Philippines’s lawsuit against China over the East Sea issue at the United Nations Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA). In that spirit, Vietnam continued sending delegations in the capacity as observers to the hearings at the PCA between the Philippines and China from November 24-30, Binh said. The PCA started its hearings of the Philippines’ arbitral case against China over the disputed territory in the East Sea, in The Hague, the Netherlands, on November 24 which are held behind closed doors but observers from Australia, Indonesia, Japan, … [Read more...]

Hanoi Run to support children with cancer, heart disease

Press briefing on Hanoi Run For Children (Source:

(VOVworld)- This year’s Hanoi Run for Children will take place at the main gate of the Reunification (Thong Nhat) Park, Hanoi from 8-10:00 am on December 6 to raise funds for the treatment of disadvantaged children with cancer and heart disease. The annual event is jointly organised by the Vietnam-Canada Friendship Association, the Hanoi Union of Friendship Organisations, the Embassy of Canada, Manulife Vietnam and Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Hotel. Canadian Ambassador to Vietnam David Devine said every child in Vietnam deserves to be strong and healthy and the community could make this happen. The run shows that a community could together move forward for a common cause, he added, noting that it also represents the friendship between Vietnam and Canada. According to Nguyen Thi Hoi, Permanent Vice President of the Vietnam-Canada Friendship Association, the Hanoi Run for Children was inspired by "Terry Fox Run", the Canadian non-competitive charity event to raise money … [Read more...]

President talks peace, development at German Koerber Institute


The Asia-Pacific should have a comprehensive and effective security structure built upon the fundamental principles of international law, President Truong Tan Sang said in his speech delivered at the Koerber Institute in Berlin, Germany on November 26. He urged regional countries to respect each other’s independence, sovereignty and interests while taking responsible action and settling disputes and territorial conflicts, including the East Sea issue, by peaceful means via dialogues and in accordance with international law and the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. Vietnam steadfastly pursues foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, diversification and multilateralisation, being a friend, a trustworthy partner of all countries and a responsible member of the international community, he said. Vietnam welcomes all policies beneficial to peace, security and development in the Asia-Pacific, consistently advocates against forming coalition to sabotage … [Read more...]

Polish refocus on Smolensk crash could hurt relations with Russia

Soldiers carry the coffin of late Polish President Lech Kaczynski in front of the President's Palace in Warsaw April 17, 2010. Photo: Reuters/Petr Josek The West may be considering a thaw with Moscow, but Poland's new conservative government could further strain relations with the country's former Soviet overlord by reopening an investigation into the death of President Lech Kaczynski in a plane crash in Russia in 2010. An inquiry by the previous government returned a verdict of pilot error, but the winner of Poland's October election, the Law and Justice (PiS) party led by Kaczynski's twin brother Jaroslaw, says an onboard explosion could have caused the crash. Now in power for the first time since the tragedy, the party wants a new inquiry and, possibly, help from international courts and foreign secret services, in examining its theory. Though PiS never definitively accused Russia of orchestrating the president's death, it has said the Kremlin benefited from the crash, which … [Read more...]

Border marker building critical to Vietnam-Cambodia border demarcation


The recent construction work on two border markers along the Vietnam – Cambodia borderline is significant to the countries’ border demarcation, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Le Hai Binh said at the regular press conference on November 26. Binh said the simultaneous building of border markers No. 30 and No. 275 was agreed by the Vietnamese and Cambodian Governments. Marker No. 30 is located between the Le Thanh and Oya Dao border gates in Vietnam’s Gia Lai province and Cambodia’s Rattanakiri province, respectively. Meanwhile, marker No. 275 is positioned between the Tinh Bien and Phnom Den border gates in Vietnam’s An Giang province and Cambodia’s Takeo province. A roughly 450-metre road linking the two check points of Le Thanh and Oya Dao are also built at the same time. The construction, commencing on November 20, is to implement the Treaty on the Delimitation of National Boundaries between the two countries signed on December 27, 1985, and … [Read more...]

Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City to use helicopters for aerial firefighting, rescue


Firefighting departments in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City will be equipped with two helicopters for aerial firefighting and rescue missions, according to a circular that will be in force at the beginning of next year. The nation’s capital and the southern city, as well as the National Center for Emergency Fire Prevention, Fighting and Rescue, will be provided with two choppers for aerial firefighting, the Ministry of Public Security said in its recent circular on the standards of the firefighting apparatus for fire prevention and fighting police. The change will be applied only when all requirements on personnel, including pilots, technical teams, and flight infrastructure, are met and approved by the prime minister. Fire departments will also be supplied with several specialized equipment pieces including pressure measuring devices, infrared sensors for distance measurement, remote temperature sensors, radioactivity meters, and others. Each firefighting unit will be … [Read more...]

Denmark feels honoured to be Vietnam’s partner

Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment and Chairman of Vietnam-Denmark Friendship Association Tran Hong Ha addressing the event. (Source:

PANO - Emphasizing Vietnam’s miraculous development over the past 44 years from a poor to a middle-income country, Danish Ambassador to Vietnam Charlotte Laursen expressed her country’s honour to be Vietnam’s companion and partner during that time. The statement was made at the exchange in celebration of the 44th anniversary of Vietnam-Denmark’s diplomatic ties on the evening of November 25th in Hanoi. Confirming that the two countries’ partnership is turning a new page, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment and Chairman of Vietnam-Denmark Friendship Association Tran Hong Ha said that the cooperation between the two governments and two peoples have been consolidated and enhanced in an intensive manner with a lot of big and comprehensive achievements. The Vietnamese official also stressed that an array of cooperation opportunities and potential has been opening up for the two countries especially when Vietnam completes the Vietnam-EU … [Read more...]

Viettel expresses gratitude to customers

Senior Colonel Le Huu Hien (centre) handing over gifts to customers.

PANO - The military-run telecom corporation Viettel presented gifts to 13 individuals and organizations who have voiced constructive opinions to help develop the corporation under the program "2015 Listening for Development" on November 25th in Hanoi. From this January 1st to October 30th, the program received 56,055 opinions from Viettel’s customers. Importantly, up to 77 per cent of them have been used, contributing to the corporation’s raised turnover and improved images. Addressing the ceremony, Senior Colonel Le Huu Hien, the corporation’s Deputy General Director, emphasized that the program has closely linked Viettel and its customers and been a driving force for Viettel to perfect its operations. The three customers with the most constructive and effective opinions were presented with VND 100 million each. The remaining received a reward of VND 30 million each. Officially present in the telecom market since October 15th, 2000, Viettel has been backed by … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s rice shipments could hit 6.8 million tonnes

Rice sacks are loaded onto a truck at a food processing company in Ho Chi Minh City. (Photo for illustration)

Vietnam’s rice exports are likely to reach 6.8 million tonnes in 2015, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Centre for Informatics and Statistics. The figure was revised from the centre’s previous 6.02 million tonne forecast. Vietnam saw continual year-on-year deceases in rice exports during the first 10 months of 2015 and has just recorded a rise in November. The rebound is attributable to the country’s signing of rice export contracts with the Philippines (450,000 tonnes) and Indonesia (1 million tonnes) in October. The contracts, valid from October 2015 to March 2016, helped the rice export volume in October and November almost double that of the previous months. Vietnam shipped abroad 6.24 million tonnes of rice worth 2.65 billion USD in the 11 months of 2015, up 3.6 percent in volume and down 4.9 percent in value from the same period last year. Between January and October, China was still the biggest rice buyer of Vietnam, … [Read more...]

Southern units’ administrative reform checked

The board working with the Army Officers Training School No.1.

PANO – The Steering Board for Administration Reform of the Defence Ministry paid working visits to the Army Officers Training School No.1 (known as Tran Quoc Tuan University) and the Military Hospital 175 on November 25th. Over the past time, the two units successfully rolled out administrative reform in close attachment with "Determined to win emulation" drives and other movements. They had conducted many initiatives and researches on administration reforms, applied information technology in managing and controlling their work. However, the working delegation also pointed out some shortcomings, which need to be overcome soon, and suggested some solutions to fulfill their assigned missions. Translated by Pham Huy … [Read more...]

Philippines rejects China’s historic sovereignty over East Sea

Satellite image from June 28, 2015 showing China's reclamation project in Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly Islands of Vietnam.

The Philippines rejected China’s arguments on historic sovereignty over the East Sea during the first round of hearings at the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague, the Netherlands on November 24. According to the Singapore-based Straits Times, that deputy spokesperson of the Philippine President Abigail Valte said Manila’s lawyer Paul Reichler argued that China’s "purported historic rights" over the strategic waterway "do not exist" under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). Another lawyer of the Philippines, Andrew Loewenstein, stressed that Beijing has failed to satisfy the requirements to establish the claims. Loewenstein said that China had not been in "exclusive control for a long period of time" over the East Sea. He presented to the court eight maps, including one dating back to the Ming Dynasty, that showed China’s territory had never included the areas covered by its nine-dash line. The PCA started its … [Read more...]