Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI - Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc yesterday expressed his delight at the development of Việt Nam-US ties, especially after their status was elevated to comprehensive partnership. Receiving visiting US Secretary of State John Kerry in Hà Nội, he said he believed that the two nations will further strengthen their relationship based on mutual respect and respective national development goals. The two sides need to devise a plan to continue exchanges and joint work in post-war recovery efforts, and expand co-operation to other areas, he said. The PM reiterated an invitation to US President-elect Donald Trump to visit Việt Nam and attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) Summit 2017 here. He said Việt Nam will continue partnering with the new US administration to push for stable, long-standing, practical and effective bilateral relations. Kerry, who is on his last visit to Việt Nam as the US Secretary of State, said he believed that the new … [Read more...] about PM happy with growth in VN-US ties
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PANO-US Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius on September 27 addressed leaders and staff of the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics on the future of US-Vietnamese relations. The major part of the ambassador's remarks are reported by PANO's reporter as follows: Ladies and Gentlemen, it is an honor to address you today and to discuss with you the future of the US-Vietnam relationship. In 1995, our two countries made a bold choice to strike out a grand new journey together. Twenty years ago, I had the privilege of serving in Vietnam as we took our first steps along a path toward the vibrant and productive relationship we have today. I can testify first-hand as to how far we have come together. Last year we marked a major milestone on our journey when we celebrated 20 years of diplomatic relations and solidified our Comprehensive Partnership. Today, record numbers of our young people cross oceans to study at each other's universities and explore each other's cultures. US businesses are … [Read more...] about US Ambassador to Vietnam makes remarks to Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics
Helen Clark, chief of the United Nations Development Program. Vietnam has prided itself on achieving the first of its UN's Millennium Development Goal on poverty reduction well ahead of the 2015 deadline but Clark said at a conference this week that inequalities are still significant between ethnic minorities and other Vietnamese citizens. PHOTO: UNDP-DOAN BAO CHAU No sooner had an entourage of UN officials left the thatched house of an ethnic minority family in Tra Vinh Province than a spat broke out between several local officials who were apparently troubled by the visit. "I had objected to them visiting this house," a Vietnamese official said to his colleagues, referring to the family of Thach Thi Pon, a Khmer woman whose husband has hired out his labor in another province to eke out a living and feed two children, one of whom suffers from lung diseases and asthma. Her family is one of the most impoverished in Ngoc Bien Commune in Tra Vinh's Tra Cu District. With a population … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s anti-poverty work: success story or skeleton in the closet?