Cop detained for helping Vinalines ex-chairman hide

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Police in Hai Phong have detained the vice police chief of a commune for forging papers for a former anti-smuggling officer to use in helping Duong Chi Dung, former chairman of Vietnam National Shipping Lines (Vinalines), hide from authorities until his arrest in September. Pham Dinh Nghien, 46, deputy chief of police of An Tho Commune, An Lao District, is suspected to have counterfeited papers for Dong Xuan Phong, 38, a former anti-smuggling officer in Hai Phong, which he used to assist Dung in hiding from police after Dung fled on May 17. … [Read more...]

Cop held for facilitating Vinalines ex-leader escape

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Police in Hai Phong City have seized the police chief of a commune for forging papers for a former anti-smuggling officer to use them in helping Duong Chi Dung, former chairman of Vietnam National Shipping Lines (Vinalines), hide from authorities until his arrest in early September. Duong Chi Dung Photo: Tuoi Tre … [Read more...]

Ex-official Duong Chi Dung extradited to Hanoi

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Duong Chi Dung, a former director of the Vietnam Maritime Administration, has been extradited to Hanoi. >> Fugitive ex-official Duong Chi Dung arrested abroad. >> PM closely monitors Duong Chi Dung's case: Minister. >> State agencies call for confession from Dung's aids. As of 7:30 am, Dung, accompanied by investigators of the police department for investigating corruption crimes (C48), arrived at Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport via Gate 4. Prior to that, Dung was on board of the Vietnam Airlines' VN1166 flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi. There was a large number of policemen gathering at the airport for the extradition of Duong Chi Dung. The Ministry of Public Security announced on September 5 that Vietnam police captured Duong Chi Dung one day earlier. Dung, 55, was nabbed reportedly in another Southeast Asian nation, and was now being extradited to Vietnam by the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol), said the … [Read more...]

Gov’t says to disband several economic groups

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Ngoc Lan HANOI - The Government is looking to pull down the number of State economic groups to around five or seven, meaning several conglomerate-type groups will be disbanded, stated Minister Chairman of the Government Office Vu Duc Dam. Replying to local media's question over the Ministry of Construction's proposal to abolish the State economic group model of Song Da Corporation and Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUD) due to inefficient business, Chairman Dam said the plans for reorganizing HUD and Song Da are under consideration. "The current number of eleven groups will certainly shrink to five or seven," he said. This is part of the process for State group and corporation restructuring already approved by the Government. Particularly, the Prime Minister's responsibility to manage the conglomerates active in the State monopoly fields like Electricity of Vietnam (EVN), Vietnam Oil and Gas Group (PVN) and Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) will … [Read more...]

Former maritime chief wanted internationally

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Interpol's secretariat general has issued an internationally wanted notice for Duong Chi Dung, former head of the Vietnam Maritime Administration, who fled on the country on May 17 after his serious economic offenses were uncovered. Vietnam's Ministry of Public Security had earlier issued a special wanted notice for Dung, 55, who had fled before an arrest warrant for him could be prepared. Dung, a native of Hai Duong Province, has been charged with "intentionally acting against the State's economic management regulations and causing serious consequences" for his wrongdoings committed during the time he was chairman of the infamous state giant Vietnam National Shipping Lines (Vinalines). If found guilty, Dung may face a sentence of up to life imprisonment. On September 7, 2011 the Government's Inspectorate issued a decision to inspect Vinalines after the group, for the first time, announced its loss of VND660 billion (US$31.7 million) in the first six months of 2011. In early … [Read more...]

Wanted maritime chief’s promotion under scanner

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Duong Chi Dung, head of Vietnam Maritime Administration, has not been found since May 17 afternoon when police attempted to arrest him for economic offenses committed during the time he was chairman of the infamous state giant Vinalines. As earlier reported, police from the Ministry of Public Security on May 17-18 arrested the former general director of Vietnam National Shipping Lines (Vinalines) Mai Van Phuc, 54, and Tran Huu Chieu, Vinalines’ vice general director. … [Read more...]

Chief of Vietnam Maritime Administration arrested

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The incumbent chief of the Vietnam Maritime Administration Duong Chi Dung, who is former chairman of the state-owned shipping company Vinalines, and two other high-ranking officials were arrested and prosecuted Friday in Hanoi. Duong Chi DungPhoto: Tuoi Tre According to the arrest warrant of the central investigation police, the three officials are charged of 'intentionally violating State regulations on economic management that causes severe consequences'. The two officials include Mai Van Phuc, 54, who is deputy chief of Transport Administration under the Ministry of Transport and former general director of Vinalines; and Tran Huu Chieu, 60, who is former deputy general director of the shipping firm. Police also searched their offices on Friday. Dung and Phuc will be detained for four months for police investigation, transport deputy minister Truong Tan Vien said, citing the information from the police. Vinalines, the largest state-owned shipping and port operator in Vietnam, … [Read more...]

Wanted notice issued for chief of Vietnam Maritime

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The incumbent chief of the Vietnam Maritime Administration Duong Chi Dung, who is former chairman of the state-owned shipping company Vinalines, and two other high-ranking officials were indicted Friday in Hanoi. Duong Chi DungPhoto: Tuoi Tre According to the arrest warrant of the central investigation police, the three officials are charged of 'intentionally violating State regulations on economic management that causes severe consequences'. However, Duong Chi Dung is nowhere to be found. Police have issued a wanted notice for him. The two arrested officials include Mai Van Phuc, 54, who is deputy chief of Transport Administration under the Ministry of Transport and former general director of Vinalines; and Tran Huu Chieu, 60, who is former deputy general director of the shipping firm. Police also searched their offices on Friday. Dung and Phuc will be detained for four months for police investigation, transport deputy minister Truong Tan Vien said, citing the information from … [Read more...]

Wanted maritime boss vanishes; promotion questioned

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Duong Chi Dung, head of Vietnam Maritime Administration, has not been found since May 17 afternoon when police attempted to arrest him for economic offenses committed during the time he was chairman of the infamous state giant Vinalines. As earlier reported, police from the Ministry of Public Security on May 17-18 arrested the former general director of Vietnam National Shipping Lines (Vinalines) Mai Van Phuc, 54, and Tran Huu Chieu, Vinalines' vice general director. An indictment and arrest warrant was issued for Duong Chi Dung, 55 but he was not found at his office or house so Hanoi police have issued a wanted notice on him. The three are charged with "intentionally acting against the State's economic management regulations and causing serious consequences." Do Duc Tien, Dung's deputy head, told Tuoi Tre, "On May 17 morning, Dung arrived at the office and I met him to report that I was going to take a business trip." Another official of the agency also confirmed that Dung … [Read more...]

President Sang meets good employees of oil sector

In the Presidential Palace in Hanoi, Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang May 18 had a meeting with 56 good laborers in the oil sector. These employees are workers, engineers and experts of Petro Vietnam Corporation who are devoted to their career and active in social and union activities as well as overcome difficulties to gain achievement. President Sang lauded them who play important roles in finishing the sector’s political and business mission. The president said that the sector should be proud of what it has achieved in 40 year development connected with the country’s growth. Now, the sector's employees can assume all stage of exploring, exploiting and processing oil for Vietnam and for export accordingly it has contributed to the country’s economic and social development and the national sovereignty. President Sang expected that the Corporation will make more progress in grasping oil filtering technique. … [Read more...]

Foreign relation work of the Party and State of Viet Nam in 2014 and key foreign relation tasks in 2015

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Each time when the Spring comes, people often look back at world affairs in the previous year to enter the new year with a firmer mental posture. It is also the time for each country including Viet Nam to look at itself, other country and meditate on the times to bring the country forward, safeguard national interests in a constantly changing world. Potential opportunities and existing challenges In 2014, we witnessed unpredictable developments, leaving profound implications in all fields and all continents. Optimism about the world economic recovery was overruled by worries when growth stalled, and there were signs of new recession in some of big economies. (1) It is noticeable that global oil prices dropped by 50% since 2014 partially due to, on the one hand, slower global economic recovery than projected, and on the other hand, oil/gas production by hydraulic fracturing technology is about to redraw world energy map, hence deep geostrategic implications. Given economic … [Read more...]

Great potential for oil, gas cooperation with Vietnam: Azerbaijani President

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Vietnam and Azerbaijan have great cooperation potential in the oil and gas sector, stated Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev during an interview with the Vietnam News Agency ahead of Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang’s visit to Azerbaijan. President Aliyev said that both countries have extensive experience and success in the field and the agreement on strategic cooperation between the Azerbaijani national oil and gas corporation and Vietnam national oil and gas corporation PetroVietnam will open strong cooperation prospects. He noted that the agreement on economic, commercial, scientific and technical cooperation between the two governments serves as a firm foundation for bilateral economic ties, adding that what need to do now is to study, define and develop new areas for cooperation between the two countries. According to the president, both countries have substantial potential to deepen cooperation in education, culture and tourism. The State leader said that … [Read more...]

Azerbaijani President: great potential for oil, gas cooperation with Vietnam

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Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev. Photo: VNA Vietnam and Azerbaijan have great cooperation potential in the oil and gas sector, stated Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev during an interview with the Vietnam News Agency ahead of Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang’s visit to Azerbaijan. President Aliyev said that both countries have extensive experience and success in the field and the agreement on strategic cooperation between the Azerbaijani national oil and gas corporation and Vietnam national oil and gas corporation PetroVietnam will open strong cooperation prospects. He noted that the agreement on economic, commercial, scientific and technical cooperation between the two governments serves as a firm foundation for bilateral economic ties, adding that what need to do now is to study, define and develop new areas for cooperation between the two countries. According to the president, both countries have substantial potential to deepen cooperation in education, culture … [Read more...]

Parade in Moscow to mark the 70th anniversary of the Victory over Nazism

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(VOVworld) – A parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the Victory over Nazism takes place at the Red Square in Moscow, Russia on May 9. Russian President Vladimir Putin, 30 foreign leaders, and heads of international organizations witnessed the parade under the command of General Oleg Salyukov, Commander-in-chief of Russia’s armed forces. Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang led a high-ranking delegation to the event. Joining in the parade were about 160,000 soldiers, 143 aircrafts, and hundreds of weapons including Russia’s most advanced military equipment. The parade also saw troops from Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazkhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, India, Mongolia, China, and Serbia. Speaking at the parade, President Putin said decisive battles of the war took place at the Red Square: "We can never forget what led to this bloody war, which made 80% of the world’s population suffer. The Soviet Union suffered huge losses caused by enemy attacks. It was … [Read more...]

April 20-26: President in Bandung, Reunification Day celebrations

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President Truong Tan Sang attends 60th anniversary of Bandung Conference Attending the 60th anniversary of the Asian-African Conference 1955, known as the Bandung Conference, in Indonesia, Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang appealed to the two continents to bolster cooperation to ensure peace and security as prerequisites for sustainable development. He urged all countries to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all nations, refrain from acts or threats of aggression or the use of force and settle all international disputes by peaceful means. On the sidelines of the conference, President Truong Tan Sang met a number of leaders from Asian and African countries to boost bilateral ties between them and Vietnam. Party leader tours Lang Son and Cao Bang provinces General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong visited two northern mountainous provinces of Lang Son and Cao Bang. In Lang Son, the Party chief took note of proposed incentives for infrastructure upgrades in … [Read more...]

The spirit of Bandung fosters peace and prosperity

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State President Truong Tan Sang addressing the first plenary session of the Asian-African Conference (Photo: VNA) NDO - Nhan Dan reporter Pham Dao recaps Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang's attendance at the Asian-African Conference from April 21 -24 at the invitation of Indonesian President Joko Widodo. The Asian-African Conference, also known as the Bandung Conference, opened on April 22 in Indonesia's capital of Jakarta with the participation of leaders and representatives from 105 Asian and African countries and international organisations. The event was held for the first time in Bandung, Indonesia in 1955 with the participation of 29 countries, including Vietnam. Over the past 60 years, Vietnam has made ceaseless effort to realise the conference's 10 principals, including the respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity of all nations; and refraining from acts or threats of aggression or the use of force. The conference, which laid the foundation for the … [Read more...]

Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang meets leaders at the Asian-African Conference

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(VOVworld) - President Truong Tan Sang has met Iranian President, Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and Mozambique Foreign Minister during his participation at the Asian African Conference. During his meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Sang expressed his pleasure over recent progress in Iran’s nuclear talks and Iran’s chairmanship of the Non Aligned Movement. Both agreed to promote bilateral ties, especially in economic and culture. President Hassan Rouhani expected both countries will foster link between the ASEAN and the Economic Cooperation Organization of 10 Middle East and central Asian countries. In his meeting with Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, President Sang praised preparation for celebration of the 65th bilateral diplomatic ties and agreed to strengthen cooperation in multilateral fora, … [Read more...]

Vietnam calls for enhanced Asian-African connectivity

Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang called upon Asian and African countries to enhance their connectivity for global peace and stability on the basis of respecting international law during his speech at the first plenary session of the Asian-African Conference, also known as the Bandung Conference, in Indonesia’s capital city of Jakarta on April 22. The leader shared the difficulties and challenges currently facing many Asian and African countries, especially terrorism; armed conflicts; sovereignty disputes; intimidation; poverty; disease; climate change; energy, food and water security; and economic inequality. He stated that Vietnam strongly supports the theme of this year’s conference "Strengthening South-South Cooperation to Promote World Peace and Prosperity". He appealed to the two continents to bolster cooperation to ensure peace and security as prerequisites for sustainable development. All countries need to adhere to the Ten Principles of Bandung, … [Read more...]

Vietnamese President calls for enhanced Asian-African ties

President Truong Tan Sang delivers his speech at the first plenary session of the Asian-African Conference in Indonesia's capital city of Jakarta on April 22. (Image credit: VOV)

NDO/VNA - Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang called on Asian and African countries to enhance their ties for global peace and stability, on the basis of respecting international law, during his speech at the first plenary session of the Asian-African Conference, also known as the Bandung Conference, in Indonesia's capital city of Jakarta on April 22.>>> Vietnam debates sea-related development goal at Jakarta forum>>> President heads to Asian-African Summit The leader shared the difficulties and challenges currently facing many Asian and African countries, especially terrorism; armed conflicts; sovereignty disputes; intimidation; poverty; disease; climate change; energy, food and water security; and economic inequality. He stated that Vietnam strongly supports the theme of this year's conference ─ 'Strengthening South-South Co-operation to Promote World Peace and Prosperity'. He appealed to the two continents to bolster co-operation to ensure peace and security as prerequisites … [Read more...]