Background for development in new stage

VGP – Viet Nam is accelerating international integration both in terms of policy formulation and enforcement as it is the background for development in the new stage.

Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh

Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh

Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh made the point in an article on the occasion of the 68th founding anniversary of the country’s diplomacy (August 28).
First of all, the Politburo concretized the 11th National Party Congress’ orientation by issuing its Resolution No. 22 dated on April 10, 2013 on international integration.

The Government has assigned the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to coordinate with ministries, sectors and localities to design a Plan of Action to realize the above Resolution.

At the Shangri-La Dialogue held in Singapore last May, for the first time, PM Nguyen Tan Dung officially announced Viet Nam’s decision to join UN’s peace-keeping force since 2014.

Viet Nam is also engaging in negotiations to establish six free trade frameworks, namely Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), free trade agreements with the Republic of Korea, the European Union, the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), and Russia-Belarus-Kazakhstan Customs Union.

Besides, Viet Nam is actively in deepening relations with its partners. Since the begging of 2013, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, State President Truong Tan Sang, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung and other high-ranking leaders paid visits to Laos, Cambodia, other countries in Southeast Asia, China, Russia, the UK, EU, Italy, Germany, Poland, Venezuela, the Republic of Korea, India, the US among others.

Viet Nam has set up strategic partnership with Italy, Thailand and Indonesia, sending the country’s total strategic partners to 13.

The country also formulated comprehensive partnership with the US to provide an overarching framework for advancing the relationship, contributing to peace, stability, cooperation and development in Asia-Pacific and the world.

As an active, proactive and responsible member of the international community, Viet Nam continued to participate in the building of the ASEAN Community, work with other member countries to figure out major orientations for the bloc’s post-2015 vision, boost intra-ASEAN connectivity and promote ASEAN centrality in a emerging regional architecture.

Viet Nam have also participated deeply and comprehensively in multi-lateral forums like the UN, APEC, ASEM while preparing for assumption of Chair of IAEA Board of Governors for the term 2013-2014, running for the UN Human Rights Council for the 2014-2014 term and the UN Security Council for the 2020-2021 term, bidding to host APEC in 2017, and strengthening cooperation with other countries and international organizations.

In terms of the protection of sovereignty, territorial integrity and national security, the country has completed the embellishment of border markers with Laos, continued to make progress in border demarcation and landmark planting, coordinated with China to realize three documents on border management.

Regarding the East Sea issue, Viet Nam have firmly maintained sovereignty, sovereign and jurisdiction rights in accordance with the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). Viet Nam has gained support from countries inside and outside the region for maintaining peace, stability, maritime freedom and safety, for settling disputes through peaceful measures and on the basis of international law, including the UNCLOS, and for strictly observing the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC).

Viet Nam and other ASEAN member countries are working with China to move forwards to the conclusion of the Code of Conduct (COC) in a bid to maintain peace and stability and control disputes, contributing to the building of trust and the consolidation of strategic partnership between ASEAN and China.

Viet Nam has resolutely fought against the acts of abusing democracy, human rights, and religious to interfere in Viet Nam’s internal affairs. Besides, the country has also been active in organizing constructive dialogues with non-governmental organizations to update achievements in national development, protection of human rights and religious freedom rights in order to enhance mutual understanding and cooperation with other countries and major partners.

For economic aspect, the diplomatic sector has contributed to luring US$12.63 billion in foreign investment in the first eight months of 2013.

Concluding his article, Foreign Minster Minh called on the whole sector to strive for successful translation of diplomatic tasks set out by the Party and the State./.

By Huong Giang

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