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...]

VFF Chairman bids farewell to German Ambassador

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Chairman of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan (R) and German Ambassador to Vietnam Jutta Frasch (Photo:VGP) NDO – Chairman of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan congratulated outgoing German Ambassador to Vietnam Jutta Frasch on successfully concluding her working term in Vietnam at a farewell reception for her in Hanoi on July 28. Chairman Nhan also spoke highly of the diplomat’s contributions to enhancing co-operation between Vietnam and Germany in all fields, including the organisation of visits of senior leaders. He expressed hope that Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang’s state visit to Germany and the German Foreign Minister’s visit to Vietnam on the occasion the 40th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic relations between the two countries would contribute to strengthening the friendship and strategic partnership between Vietnam and Germany. Adding that, he hopes Germany will continue to … [Read more...]

VN sponsors educational, cultural centres in Laos

LUANG PRABANG (VNS) — Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang's financial gifts were handed over yesterday to authorities in the Lao provinces of Luang Prabang and Houaphanh to build cultural and educational facilities. Vietnamese Ambassador to Laos Nguyen Manh Hung presented the package, which includes 40 billion VND (US$1.84 million) for building a cultural centre in Luang Prabang and 15 billion VND ($690,000) for constructing a nursery school in Houaphanh. He said the presents, donated by five enterprises and two banks, illustrate the Vietnamese Party, State and people's warm sentiment towards the two provinces and Laos in general. Luang Prabang Governor Khampheng Saysompheng thanked the Vietnamese State leader for the assistance. He said it was meaningful to the friendship between Viet Nam and Laos. Meanwhile, Houaphanh Deputy Governor Chanseng Phimason said the nursery would help educate the younger Lao generation about the special amity, solidarity and co-operation between … [Read more...]

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Deputy Defence Minister receives French guest Deputy Minister of Defence Senior Lieutenant General Truong Quang Khanh received the Deputy Director of the Directorate for International Development under the French Ministry of Defence’s Directorate-General of Armament, Lieutenant General Jacques Cousquer, in Hanoi on July 22. Deputy Minister Khanh said cooperation between the two countries on defence industry in recent years has produced positive results and hoped that the two sides would continue to increase high-ranking delegation exchanges and share experiences in carrying out United Nations peacekeeping missions. Lieutenant General Cousquer wished for increased defence cooperation between the two countries, especially in defence industry, and the acceleration of cooperation in information and telecommunications. Vietnamese leader’s presents given to Lao provinces Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang’s financial gifts were handed over to authorities in the Lao … [Read more...]

Vietnamese leader’s presents given to Lao provinces

Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang’s financial gifts were handed over to authorities in the Lao provinces of Luang Prabang and Houaphanh to build cultural and educational facilities on July 22. Vietnamese Ambassador to Laos Nguyen Manh Hung presented the package, which includes 40 billion VND (1.84 million USD) for building a cultural centre in Luang Prabang and 15 billion VND (690,000 USD) for constructing a nursery school in Houaphanh. He said the presents, donated by five enterprises and two banks, illustrate the Vietnamese Party, State and people’s warm sentiment towards the two provinces in particular and Laos in general. Luang Prabang Governor Khampheng Saysompheng thanked the Vietnamese State leader for the assistance which he said is meaningful to the friendship between Vietnam and Laos. Meanwhile, Houaphanh Deputy Governor Chanseng Phimason said the nursery will help educate the younger Lao generation about the special amity, solidarity and cooperation … [Read more...]

Public Security Force pays gratitude to revolution contributors

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(VOVworld)- President Truong Tan Sang attended a conference to honor outstanding revolution contributors from the Public Security Force in Hanoi on Tuesday. In his address, President Truong Tan Sang said the Vietnamese Party, State and people are always grateful for the great contributions of war invalids and martyrs and those who had rendered great service to the nation:"The Vietnamese Party and State has consistently fine-tuned and implemented policies and incentives for revolutionary contributors and their families. All sectors and the whole society have paid great attention to the search for and repatriation of soldiers’ remains and the rehabilitation of memorial monuments and cemeteries. The movement of paying gratitude has been expanded bringing about practical results". The President asked the entire Public Security Force to respond more effectively to the movement of paying gratitude, pay more attention to vocational training and job generation for contributors and their … [Read more...]

US Senator recognizes twenty years of normalized Vietnam-US relations

(VOV) -Only July 14, US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse issued a statement on the 20th anniversary of the normalization of Vietnam-US relations, underlining that 20 years of normalized relations is a historic milestone for the two countries. Over the past decades, it took immense courage on both sides to look beyond the scars of that war and envision a future in which two countries could become partners and friends. Today, the American and the Vietnamese people can be proud of the progress made to forge a lasting peace and friendship. The statement described the recent US visit by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong as a historic trip during which both sides discussed shared interests and opportunities for closer collaboration on a range of issues, including regional stability, economic cooperation and the lingering and environmental consequences of the war. "Two years ago, President Obama and Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang launched the US-Vietnam Comprehensive Partnership, … [Read more...]

A fruitful US-Vietnam partnership

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As Vietnam and the US celebrate the 20th anniversary of normalised relations this month, prominent economist Nguyen Mai looks into the vicissitudes of the two countries' trade relations, and examines why the US has become Vietnam's leading export market and investment partner. The largest export market After the normalisation of diplomatic relations between the US and Vietnam in 1995, particularly the ratification of the bilateral trade agreement (BTA) in 2000, the two countries' trade value has seen spectacular growth, with the US becoming Vietnam's biggest export market. Around one year after the normalisation of relations, in May 1996, the US administration sent its draft BTA to Vietnam. Following more than four years of negotiations and legal setup, the BTA was officially signed in Washington on July 13, 2000 and came into force on December 10, 2001. The scope of the US-Vietnam BTA is much wider than any other trade agreement Vietnam has signed with other countries, consisting … [Read more...]

VN becomes founding member of multilateral investment bank

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State Bank of Viet Nam Governor Nguyen Van Binh was among delegates from 50 countries who signed the articles of agreement to form China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). The signing ceremony was held in Beijing on June 29. While seven other prospective founding members were reportedly waiting for domestic approvals, multilateral lender AIIB, with a charter capital of US$100 billion, is set to be headquartered in Beijing. Expected to start functioning by the end of this year, the bank will aim to foster sustainable development through regional infrastructure investments, which will focus on traffic, energy, and telecommunications, alongside agriculture, environment, and urban development. Binh who was authorised by Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang said that taking part in the founding of the AIIB was in line with Viet Nam's national direction for active and responsible integration into the global economy. "This shows Viet Nam's expectation of building a … [Read more...]

Vietnamese Party, State leaders receive US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter

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(VOVworld)- Party leader Nguyen Phu Trong received US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter in Hanoi on Monday. The Party leader emphasized the Vietnamese Party and State’s consistent policy of respecting ties with the US. He acknowledged efforts made by the US government, Congress, independent organizations and ordinary people in dealing with the war’s aftermaths in Vietnam. He praised the cooperation between the Vietnamese Defense Ministry and the US Defense Department in clearing mines and bombs, detoxification of the environment, humanitarian assistance and searching for soldiers missing in action. Secretary Carter said the US wanted to further its multifaceted cooperation with Vietnam and agreed on the need to increase delegation exchanges. Carter stressed the importance of Party leader Nguyen Phu Trong’s upcoming visit to the US. He reiterated the US’s support for settling disputes in the East Sea through diplomatic efforts and with respect to international … [Read more...]

14 nations agree on Pacific Area peace

VietNamNet Bridge – Deputies from 14 nations participating in the 2015 Pacific Area Security Sector Working Group (PASSWG) agreed to ensure equal benefits for all nations, respect their independence and sovereignty, and settle disputes peacefully in line with international law and regional agreements. Major General Nguyen Dinh Tien, deputy head commander of Military Zone 5, and the co-host of PASSWG 2015, spoke at the closing ceremony yesterday, May 29. "Pacific Area plays a crucial role in the development of the whole world in the 21st century," Tien said. "However, a series of challenges in traditional and non-traditional security have impacted peace, stability and security in every country in the region. We need to strengthen co-operation to deal with and respond to challenges in the region for the present and future peace and stability." PASSWG 2015 would also help boost bilateral and multilateral defence co-operation, he said. "PASSWG 2015, co-hosted by Viet Nam's Army … [Read more...]